In last weekend's Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium, it did not take fans long to get a look at how effective Penn State's new offense can be.
On the first-team offense's opening series, QB Trace McSorley led the unit 70 yards in seven plays over 2:53 of game time. That's impressive, considering the game was played with a running clock. He capped the drive with a 15-yard TD strike to WR Chris Godwin, a play that — as you will see — could have broken big as a run, too. Check it out in our exclusive FOS Frame Game breakdown below.
On first-and-10 from the White 15, the Blue lines up with two receivers and the tight end to the left of the O-line and Godwin (12) on his own to the right. The key player on defense here is S Koa Farmer (7), who is circled in red. If Farmer stays at home, young CB Garrett Taylor (17, top of frame) has help. If not, Taylor is on his own vs. one of the best receivers in the Big Ten.
At the snap, Farmer is already creeping toward the line, thinking McSorley will hand off to RB Mark Allen (8, partially hidden). McSorley sees this. In related news, check out LT Andrew Nelson (59) pulling as if to lead Allen through the hole on the right side. Also, note how big that hole is before Nelson even gets there. Nice work by the O-line.
Farmer bites on the run fake. But even if Allen had gotten the ball, this play was going to pop. Nelson has a clear shot at Farmer. Though undersized, McSorley has a clear view of the open Godwin.
Here it is easy to see how Allen could have busted this play, too. Instead, McSorley has a great passing lane to hit Godwin.
Godwin is outstanding at using his body to shield off defenders. He does it again here. McSorley knows this and places the ball in the perfect spot.
Taylor tries to make the play but Godwin is just too strong. There is no help anywhere to be found. This is a great read by McSorley.
Godwin is on his way to the end zone. Still no inside help for Taylor.
Here comes the other safety, Nick Scott (24), but it is much too late.
Godwin scores to give the Blue a 6-0 lead.