Rutgers edges out Central Connecticut State

Rutgers edges out Central Connecticut State

Rutgers edges out Central Connecticut State

Sorrell was a former Penn State football player whose career was cut short due to injuries.

It took a little longer than Franklin would have liked for the No. 16 Nittany Lions to rediscover the tools they used to dominate opponents in the first half of the season. Quarterback Gio Rescigno completed only seven of 20 passes for 43 yards.

Penn State improved to 8-2 on the season and snapped a two-game losing streak. Worst call: Rutgers coach Chris Ash chose to run out the final 1:13 of the first half rather than have quarterback Giovanni Rescigno attempt a deep pass. Best run: McSorley faked a handoff to Barkley, broke a couple of tackles and ran for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

The Lions scored 35 unanswered points after spotting Rutgers a 6-0 first quarter lead. Worst pass: Rescigno rolled right in the third quarter and tried to hit tight end Myles Nash, but his pass landed in the chest of linebacker Cam Brown, who dropped it. Best hit: Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda stuffed tight end Jerome Washington for a 2-yard loss on a fake punt in the third quarter. He added a 25-yarder later in the first, but Rutgers' momentum ended there.

Penn State received the opening kickoff.

Barkley, who looked like the Heisman favorite just three weeks ago, had little room to run behind an offensive line without its starting left tackle.

Veteran walk-on Brandon Smith started in Bowen's spot and made 10 tackles.

Ryan Bates, who was hurt October 28 against Ohio State, missed his second game with an undisclosed injury.

Probably not on a day when the Scarlet Knights played so well in the first half but couldn't convert a pair of early red zone chances into touchdowns.

Rutgers can't throw the ball.

Penn State came back and led 14-6 at the half following McSorley's scoring run and his TD pass to Hamilton.

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