McSorley had the Nittany Lions in position for a third touchdown but had a pass intercepted by David Long, who set up Michigan's first TD drive. Every time he gets a touch, there is the potential for a kind of beauty rarely seen since Barry Sanders last carried a football. Penn State's Joe Moorehead has become one of the most respected offensive coordinators in the game over the past year, and having players like Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley and Mike Gesicki have made that possible. Even on a night where he didn't have his best accuracy, McSorley was able to make a difference. Barkley's big game was notable, but McSorley's performance was the key. Barkley followed with a 15-yard touchdown, and within five minutes, the Lions had scored more points than they did in the 2016 MI game. After a quick MI punt, Trace McSorley ran for 23 yards, then lofted a 35-yard pass to Mike Gesicki.
One area to watch with Barkley is his receiving work.
The Michigan football team will try to keep their season on the tracks tonight in a tough road matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions.
But then came the moment when things could have fallen apart. Fortunately for McSorley, he avoided a disaster of a play in his end zone.
The matchup between Penn State's offense and Michigan's defense was worth the billing it received going in. Penn State outgained MI 302-141 in the first half and never looked back from there. "You've got to take shots down the field against them". With 10:11 still to play in the first quarter, Penn State had a 14-0 lead. Quarterback John O'Korn has to take care of the ball as Heisman hopeful running back Saquon Barkley can not be given extra opportunities to touch the football. The Browns are among a handful of teams who are credentialed for the press box in Happy Valley for Saturday night's game between the Nittany Lions and the visiting Michigan Wolverines.
But for a team that is not far removed from an era of struggle and scandal, a blowout win over Michigan-one year after it was blown out by MI itself-is yet another step toward both a Big 10 championship and a potential berth in the College Football Playoff.