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

By Matthew Filipovits on February 20, 2019 at 8:09 am
Dec 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) celebrates a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half during the Big Ten Championship college football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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Let's continue our journey through the best plays of Penn State's most decorated signal-caller. We worked our way through the first half, now it's time for the top five.

Part 2: 10-6

5. Punching the ticket to Indy

Down in the second half to a terrible Michigan State team, it only seemed like a matter of time until Penn State got a big play and took the lead. Well, McSorley delivered a deep shot to Godwin and Penn State did not look back. This play sparked a 35-0 run in the second half, allowing for a nice, relaxing finish to the regular season and officially punched Penn State's ticket to the Big Ten Championship.

4. What bad knee?

McSorley took an absolute beating during his final season. He ran the ball more than ever before, and as the season wore on, it looked like it was taking a toll on his body. The senior had to leave the Iowa game earlier with an apparent leg injury, with rumors swirling that he may not return. Regardless, Trace McSorley is impervious to pain and ran for a 51-yard touchdown to break a tie right after halftime.

3. "We got a ballgame in Naptown!"

Man, 2016 was fun. Down two scores to a top-five team? Not a big deal to Trace McSorley. The senior let it rip on the offense's first play coming out of the half, found Saeed Blacknall, who proceeded to take it 70 yards to the house. Was it McSorley's best throw? No. But it was this type of fearlessness that made Trace McSorley so much fun to watch.

2. Ice in his veins

McSorley's ability to remain composed under pressure was never on display as much as it was on this throw. With the game on the line, McSorley delivered a perfect strike, just over the outstretched hands of Amani Hooker, en route to one of the best finishes we've seen in recent years. Just a big-time moment from a big-time player.


I am convinced that this the most beautiful throw in the history of football. Under pressure, McSorley drops an absolute dime right into Saquon Barkley's breadbasket. A lot is said about Barkley's ability to get by a future first-round pick in TJ Watt, but's McSorley's throw that makes this play so special. The timing was perfect, the placement was perfect, everything about it was just fantastic. 

Thanks for the memories, Trace. 

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