Mistakes doom Penn State in 42-39 loss to Pitt


Sept. 10, 2016

PITTSBURGH – A 332-yard passing day for sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) and five total touchdowns by running back sophomore Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) wasn’t enough to overcome the strong rushing attack of Pitt in a 42-39 setback for the Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon in Heinz Field. The 69,983 in attendance marked the largest crowd ever at a city of Pittsburgh sporting event.

Barkley scored a career high five touchdowns and totaled 147 all-purpose yards, but the Pitt rushing attack, led by 117 yards from James Connor, was too much to overcome. Barkley’s five touchdowns including four of the rushing variety, accounted for 30 points in the game. The 30 points rank tied for No. 4 in school history and is the first 30-point game for Penn State since Ki-Jana Carter had 30 points against Michigan State on Nov. 26, 1994. He is the first Big Ten player since Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon scored 30 points vs. Bowling Green in 2014.

McSorley became the 12th quarterback in Penn State history to throw for 300 yards, with his 332 passing yards ranking No. 13 in a single game. He completed a career-high 24-of-35 passes, threw one touchdown pass and one interception. He spread the ball to eight different receivers, including eight to junior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (Fredericksburg, Va.).

The 81 points scored were the most combined points in the history of the 97-game Penn State-Pitt series.

Turning Point

Pitt led by as many as 21 points in the first half, but the game was in the hands of the Penn State offence trailing by three points with 3:56 remaining. After driving to the Pitt 32, McSorley’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Ryan Lewis and Pitt was able to kneel out the clock for the win.Reaction from the players HERE:

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