Penn State capitalizes on Purdue turnovers in the second half to soundly defeat the Boilermakers
West Lafayette, IN – After a promising first half, Purdue was unable to overcome many second-half turnovers in their loss to Penn State. The visitors cashed in on those mistakes and won going away, 62-24. The Nittany Lions were paced by running back Saquon Barkley who accounted for 285 total yards and 2 scores. Trace McSorley added a career-high three touchdowns through the air for Penn State.
The Boilermakers and Nittany Lions traded blows in the first half. Penn State took the opening kickoff and drove 85 yards for the opening score. The drive was capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Barkley.
Purdue answered quickly with a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive of their own. Markell Jones put the exclamation point on the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge to even the score at 7-7.
Cameron Posey scored on a one-yard catch early in the second quarter to give the Boilers a 14-7 lead. McSorley hit Chris Goodwin on a shallow cross and Goodwin did the rest on the 38-yard touchdown to tie the game back up at 14-14 with 12:33 left in the first half. Each team added a field goal as the teams entered the half-time locker room deadlocked at 17-17.
The second half was a completely different story.
The Nittany Lions outscored the Boilers 45-7 in the second half to earn the decisive victory. Penn State was the beneficiary of four Purdue turnovers and a failed onside kick in the second half.
After rushing for just 34 yards in the first half, Penn State racked up 223 yards on the ground in the second half to finish with 257 for the game. The lone bright spot for Purdue was a 62-yard touchdown pass from David Blough to DeAngelo Yancey.
Aside from that score, Penn State completely dominated the Boilers in the second half.
Penn State took advantage of a Blough interception and Bilal Marshall muffed punt to push the lead to 31-17. After a Nittany Lion field goal, Yancey’s touchdown pulled Purdue to within 34-24. The Boilers attempted an onside kick and failed which gave the ball back to Penn State with another short field.
Another Nittany Lions score pushed the lead to 41-24. The final dagger came on an 81-yard touchdown run by Barkley to extend the lead to 48-24. That was the longest run by a Nittany Lion since Larry Johnson ran for an 84-yard score against Illinois in 2002.
Penn State tallied twice more to bring the final score to 62-24. Purdue will travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers next week. Penn State will host Iowa in Happy Valley.
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