Week three recap of Trace McSorley’s film and it’s all positives in a blowout effort. Penn State football rolled the eventual bowl bound Panthers.
Following one of his tougher appearances on the year, Trace McSorley came right back with his most efficient performance of the year in a 56-0 thrashing of Georgia State. At the time, Penn State football fans rolled their eyes, because it’s just the group of five, Panthers. They changed their tune a bit after seeing GSU win their first bowl game in program history a few months later.
GAME STATS: (passing) 18-of-23 for 309 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions (rushing) three rushes, 24 yards, one touchdown
The Georgia State defense finished near the top third of the nation in points allowed (24.8), so he played pretty well all things considered. The McSorley magic returned after a few years after a week off against Pitt.
He hit Mike Gesicki on a rollout and created a touchdown rolling out right and finding Saquon Barkley back over the middle. It was a risky play. But it was one that ignited Penn State football’s offense and put the game away early. It was vintage McSorley.
Also, his every down passing game looked clean as well. He put the appropriate speed and touch on the football. McSorley looked off safeties and linebackers and really looked the part of a seasoned quarterback.
Instead of throwing up 50-50 balls, he tossed accurate passes to his receivers. McSorley relied on intermediate to short passing game (Video Courtesy of Nittany Nation).
The previous year he embraced the scrambling gunslinger mentality. It worked, but games like Georgia State showed how much he advanced his game. The Nittany Lions move to 3-0 and went into Big Ten play with more confidence in their starter.