Penn State Football fans are riding a high they have not experienced in several years after their fourth consecutive victory. Savvy fans were a bit nervous that there could be a hangover after three consecutive home games and a gigantic win over then-#2-ranked Ohio State in Happy Valley on the evening of October 22.
The Nittany Lions did sleepwalk just a bit through the first half in West Lafayette against the Purdue Boilermakers, but they utilized a gigantic second half to pull away and leave town with an attention-grabbing 62-24 victory.
It sets the stage for four final conference games that are all entirely winnable.
In a game where a team racks up north of 60 points – including 45 in the second half – there are likely to be some eye-popping statistics generated. Running back Saquon Barkley tallied 207 yards on the ground and two touchdowns by way of 18 carries, as well as 70 yards via three receptions. He was the go-to target all afternoon for a Penn State offense that has been clicking as of late.
Quarterback Trace McSorley continued to impress, going an efficient 12 for 23 through the air for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Once again, he did not throw an interception.
All the talking heads went into this year yapping about how much head coach James Franklin needed a “signature win.” That obviously came last week against the Buckeyes, and he is hoping to get another one this upcoming weekend against Iowa. If PSU prevails victorious, it will set the stage for them to run the board and finish the year with a very impressive mark of 10-2. Especially impressive given that they began the season 2-2.