Pittsburgh vs. Penn State 9/9/17
- Author: Angelo Rivera Sep 11, 2017,
Sep 11, 2017, 0:13
The largest crowd to watch a sporting event in Pittsburgh history showed up at Heinz Field last fall as the Panthers held on in a 42-39 classic, preserving the victory when Ryan Lewis picked off Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the end zone in the final moments as the Nittany Lions' late rally fell short.
Is there any doubt this rivalry is on? "They turned our season in a different direction than we wanted it to be".
During the fourth quarter, down by two touchdowns against mighty Penn State, the Pittsburgh Panthers did the unthinkable.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi on Penn State's defense: "We didn't play William & Mary out there today".
Offensively, Penn State football averages 52.0 points and 569.0 total yards, 322.0 in passing and 247.0 in rushing per game.
Penn State will be back in action Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. when the Nittany Lions travel to Bucknell for an in-state matchup with the Bison.
McSorley finished his day 15 for 28 for 164 and three touchdowns, with one interception.
Barkley's offensive mates helped carry Penn State in the first half, most notably McSorley and tight end Mike Gesicki, regarded as perhaps the most skilled at his position in the country.
"Our offense is very explosive and that's kind of how we were again today, explosive plays", Head Coach James Franklin said. The only thing I'll say is I think you guys know as well as we do the way scheduling works.
The teams haven't met in Beaver Stadium since 1999. "I'm not really dwelling on the past, but this one feels good". That's going to be huge when the Lions get into Big Ten play and face the likes of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
There's running back Saquon Barkley, a Heisman hopeful.
The Tigers controlled much of the game's possession until the 52nd minute, when Penn State picked up another penalty corner.
McSorley's 36-yard carry in the first quarter was the longest rush of his career. In the receiving end, Juwan Johnson posted 84 yards in four receptions while DaeSean Hamilton added 74 yards in three receptions.
Many of them remember the days when Tony Dorsett was charging through Penn State for 200 yards in 1976 and leading Pitt to a national championship, and the way Shane Conlan and the Lions linebackers bulldozed Pitt on their way to Penn State's second national championship in 1986.