Penn State Leads the Nation in Touchdowns

By Matt de Bear on September 23, 2018 at 10:59 am
Sep 15, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) throws a pass during the third quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Kent State 63-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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The Nittany Lion offense has not missed a beat so far in 2018. Despite losing playmakers like Saquon Barkley, DaeSean Hamilton, and Mike Gesicki to the NFL, Penn State continues to pile up the points. The 30 touchdowns scored is tops in all of FBS.

Through Friday night's 63-24 victory over Illinois, seven players have rushed for at least one score, and seven more have caught a pass. Even two different quarterbacks have tossed tuddies.

  • Miles Sanders, Trace McSorley, Ricky Slade, and Mark Allen have each rushed for multiple touchdowns. Jonathan Thomas, Journey Brown, and K.J. Hamler have also found the end zone on the ground, the first career rushing score for each.
  • Only two players, Hamler and Brandon Polk, have caught multiple touchdowns. DeAndre Thompkins, Juwan Johnson, Pat Freiermuth, Daniel George, and Mac Hippenhammer have all hauled in one each.
  • McSorley had thrown eight touchdowns, but third-string signal caller Sean Clifford has tossed in two of his own, on five career passes.

Not surprisingly, Penn State's scoring average of 55.5 points per game tops the nation, and 515 yards of offense per game ranks 16th best. 

The Nittany Lion offense will get a big test on Saturday night when Ohio State comes to town. ESPN's College GameDay will return to campus that morning, and the game itself will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

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