Penn State Football: Nittany Lions take care of business against Georgia State

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Saquon Barkley /

Penn State ended its non-conference schedule in dominant fashion against Georgia State. 

In its last non-conference game of 2017, Penn State football dominated the Georgia State Panthers under the lights at Beaver Stadium. Heavily favored in the game, the Nittany Lions had their way against the Panthers and walked away with the 56-0 victory.

Eight different Nittany Lions scored in the rout.

The game was never in doubt, as Penn State dominated from the onset. Starting quarterback Trace McSorley tossed a touchdown pass to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens to get the scoring started. He followed that up with an 85-yard touchdown pass to running back Saquon Barkley.

McSorley finished the night with 309 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also added 24 yards rushing. He only played the beginning part of the third period before taking a seat on the bench.

While the game was a complete domination by the Nittany Lions, the rushing statistics were a bit surprising. Star running back Saquon Barkley managed just 47 yards on 10 carries. Overall, Penn State gained just 166 yards on the ground.

More from Victory Bell Rings

Although he was bottled up on the ground, Barkley found other ways to put up big numbers. He led the team with four receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown in just over one half of play.

Head coach James Franklin had the luxury of emptying his bench and getting guys some valuable playing time. Several reserves put up quality numbers against the Panthers.

Stevens finished the nigh with two total touchdowns, including a pretty 35-yard pass to Saeed Blacknall for a score. Backup running back Miles Sanders and Andre Robinson each scored a rushing touchdown.

It was another dominating by the Penn State defense. The unit recorded its second shutout in three games and forced five turnovers. The Nittany Lions have allowed just one touchdown in 12 quarters of play.

Linebacker Manny Bowen led the way with six total tackles.

Penn State currently sits at 3-0 on the season heading into the Big Ten part of the schedule. The Nittany Lions will travel to Iowa City next week for a primetime matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes.