Ten for Trace: The Top Ten Plays for Trace McSorley's Career - Part One

By Matthew Filipovits on February 19, 2019 at 7:54 am
Nov 26, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) drops back to pass against the Michigan State Spartans during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions won 45-12. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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After amassing 11,596 total yards, 107 touchdowns, and rewriting the Penn State record books, Trace McSorley's time in Happy Valley has come to an end. Now, it's time to take a trip down memory lane. Let's have a look at the top 10 plays of Trace McSorley's career.

Honorable mentions

Another Comeback Complete

Escape Artist

Ankle Breaker


With the moments that came up just short out of the way, let's get to this list.

10. a Seismic Scramble

The Minnesota game is looked at as the moment the 2016 season turned around. Down three with under a minute, McSorley dropped back to pass on third and three, realized he had nothing but grass ahead of him, and took off to get Penn State into field goal range. You all know what happened next.

9. Gaining momentum

Admittedly, Trace McSorley did not have a fantastic game in the 2016 Ohio State upset. But that doesn't mean he didn't make a play when Penn State needed it most. At risk of heading into halftime with a goose egg on the scoreboard, McSorley had Godwin in one-on-one coverage and threw it to the receivers outside shoulder where only his guy could get it. Although it's not the play everyone remembers from this game, Penn State doesn't get the win without it.

8. Threading the needle

For whatever reason, people have constantly said McSorley just threw it up and let his playmakers do their thing. While that can be said for literally any quarterback ever, there's no denying McSorley put this one absolutely on the money. Between two defenders, McSorley threw it just high enough to avoid the corner and just over enough to ensure Gesicki was the only one who could get to it. 

7. The one that started it all

Having their starter knocked out early and down big in the fourth quarter, it would'be been easy for Penn State to roll over in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. Trace McSorley made sure that didn't happen. In the first extended action of his career, McSorley planted his feet on fourth and 12 and delivered a dart to a well-covered Geno Lewis. Although the comeback effort would fall short, this was our first real look at what Trace McSorley would become.

6. a 201 Pound bowling ball

Up big against Michigan, McSorley added insult to injury, absolutely bulldozing his way into the endzone to put Penn State up by nearly 30. It was his third touchdown of the day and the one that had to have made Michigan DB Josh Metellus have nightmares for weeks. 

Stay tuned for part two as we continue counting down Trace's top plays.

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