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Penn State Boils Purdue With Big Second Half

The Nittany Lion improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten with what turned out to be an easy win over the Boilermakers.

WEST LAFAYETTE — Penn State (6-2, 4-1) rolled over Purdue (3-5, 143) at Ross-Ade Stadium here Saturday.

This is our quick recap of the action, taken from our in-game reports.


Details: Penn State won the toss and received. It became obvious early that the Boilermakers were not prepared to handle Rb Saquaon Barkley. He had 49 receiving yards and 13 more rushing yards as the Lions went 85 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. The key play on the drive was a third-and-10 pass from QB Trace McSorley to TE Mike Gesicki that covered 23 yards. Barkley got the score with a three-yard run to make it 7-0.

Purdue responded with a big assist from PSU. The Boilermakers went 77 yards in 13 plays for a TD. With Purdue facing first-and-goal from the Lion 8, Penn State committed three straight penalties — jumping offside twice and then a facemask (on S Marcus Allen). That set up a first-and-goal from the 1, and RB Markell Jones plowed in from there to tie it at 7-7.

Penn State went three and out on its next series and Bilal Marshal's 22-yard punt return gave the Boilermakers the ball at their own 45. QB They marched right down the field by mixing in some Wildcat and face second-and-goal from the PSU 7 as the quarter ended.

Purdue was 3 of 4 on third downs and 1 of 1 on fourth downs in the quarter.

Score At End Of Quarter: Penn State 7, Purdue 7


Details: QB David Blough hit back-to-back passes to open the quarter for the Purdue score. The second was a one-yarder to Cameron Posey for the touchdown and a 14-7 Boiler lead.

Penn State responded quickly, as McSorley began to heat up. He had a flare pass to Barkley, and then tossed a bomb to Irvin Charles that drew a holding penalty. McSorley then hit Chris Godwin on a a crossing pattern and Godwin cruised 38 yards for a score. He jogged into the end zone and it was 14-14.

With nearly 13 minutes to go in the second quarter, McSorley was 6 of 9 for 131 yards and a score. Barkley had three catches for 70 yards.

Penn State seemed to have Purdue stopped on its next series. But then Allen was flagged for interfence on Blough's fourth-and-9 pass to DeAngelo Yancey, giving the Boiler drive new life. They ended up getting a career-long 42-yard field goal from K J.D. Dellinger to make it 17-14.

At this point of the game, Penn State already had five penalties for 32 yards.

McSorley was back at on the Lions' next possession, wrapping completions to DaeSean Hamilton and Chris Godwin around a pass interference call on the Boilers to get PSU down to the 15. But the drive stalled and the Lions settled for Tyler Davis' 32-yard field goal to tie it at 17-17.

Penn State finally forced a punt and got the ball back at its own 30 with 1:48 remaining. But after Barkley ripped off eight yards on first down, Hamilton dropped a pass going across the middle of the field and then Barkley was dropped for loss on a slow-develping draw. Blake Gillikin's duck of a punt (26 yards) gave the Boilers the ball at their own 47 with 57 seconds to go.

Blough's econd-and-10 dump pass to Jones looked like it would pick up five. But he made a couple of Lions miss and broke loose before just stepping out at the PSU 22. Three incompletions later, Dellinger's 39-yard field-goal try was wide left.

Score At End Of Half: Penn State 17, Purdue 17


Details: Brandon Smith started at MLB in the second half, replacing Jason Cabinda. He made his presence felt with an interception and 22-yard return on the third play of the third quarter.

The offense powered down the field, and McSorley hit Godwin for a 1-yard TD to make it 24-17.

The teams then actually swapped punts. And Penn State came out on the positive end of that when Purdue return man Marshall — for some crazy reason — tried to bring back a kick with the Lions crashing in on him. He fumbled and the ball was recovered by State's Jordan Smith at the Purdue 24. Barkley popped it down to the 4 an then Andre Robinson get the call and powered in for his second career TD and a 31-17 lead.

The Lions got a 42-yard bomb from McSorley to Saeed Blacknall on their next drive, leading to a 29-yard Davis field goal and 34-17 lead.

But the Boilers still had some fight in them. A legit pass interference penalty bailed them out of a third-and-long situation. And then Blough went up top to Yancey, who got behind CB Amani Oruqariye for a 62-yard TD to make it 34-24.

Purdue tried to maintain momentum with an onside kick, but it went out of bounds and Penn State got the ball at the Boiler 40. Barkley popped a 22-yard run before backup MIles Sanders was dropped for a three-yard loss. Then McSorley found Sanders wide open in the right flat and Sanders easily outraces the defense to the end zone. The Lions were up 41-24.

Score At End Of Quarter: Penn State 41, Purdue 24


Details: As Penn State opened up the fourth quarter,  Barley popped a career-best 81-yard touchdown sprint to hit the 207-yard rushing mark on the day. The run helped the Nittany Lions roll up the score to 48-24.

As Purdue started to put together a drive, with a few first downs thanks to some soft coverage by the PSU secondary, Penn State recovered a fumble to get the ball and additional momentum. Backup QB Tommy Stevens, the Indiana native, stepped in for  McSorely, running the ball for a few first downs and hitting Irvin Charles for a pass to the 1-yard line. On second and goal Mark Allen ran it in for another touchdown,, making it 55-24.

With Purdue pinned deep in its own territory, PSU CB Christian Campbell picked off a pass and returned it for a score. But a penalty for a low block took away the touchdown. But Robinson later ran for another touchdown, making it 62-24.

Penn State stopped Purdue and ended up taking a few knees to close it out.

Score At End Of Game: Penn State 62, Purdue 24

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