The tailgating fields were lined with RV’s, trucks, and tents all in support of the Blue and White game. To any unseasoned fan, this weekend was so filled with Penn State pride that it easily could have been a scene straight out of a critical fall football weekend for the Nittany Lions.
It was upcoming quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.), a sophomore, who led the Blue team to a shutout victory of the White team, 37-0. McSorley completed 23/27 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns. McSorley threw one interception.
The other two quarterbacks, Tommy Stevens (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Billy Fessler (Erie, Pa.) each saw playing time. Stevens completed 10/17 passes for 100 yards with no touchdowns. Fessler completed 3/6 passes for 33 yards and no touchdowns.
Despite it being a spring scrimmage, Penn State was 65k strong on Saturday in Beaver Stadium. The crowd had the pleasure of seeing 70 different Nittany Lions get playing time.
This Saturday also gave coaches and spectators alike a great snapshot of some up-and-coming names for the 2016 season.
Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, N.J.), Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J.), Chris Godwin (Middletown, Del.), and DaeSean Hamilton (Fredericksburg, Va.) all made an impact on offense with a total of 15 catches among the four.
Along with an exciting Saturday of football, No. 14 Penn State men’s lacrosse (7-5, 1-2) faced off against storied foe, No.17 John’s Hopkins (7-4, 2-1), on Sunday evening complete with a backdrop of a couple thousand fans.
From the get-go it was clear that this game would be one to remember. Consistently within just a few goals away from tying it up, Penn State fought hard against Hopkins for all four quarters, a win just evading them, losing 12-11 in OT.
Hopkin’s quick offense made it hard for the Penn State defense to stay on top of their shifty movements. However, on Penn State’s offense, Nick Aponte (West Islip, N.Y.) led the team with four goals, while TJ Sanders (Orillia, Ont.) and Dan Craig (Shelburne, Ont.) each added two goals.
The game was exceptionally exciting when Penn State tied it up with just seconds to go in the fourth quarter, sending the teams into OT. It was a shot ripped from a near impossible angle that allowed the Jays to score the golden goal in OT for the 12-11 win.
Penn State’s next home game is Saturday, April 30 against Michigan.
We hope you all had an enjoyable Blue and White weekend… get pumped for fall 2016! It’s sure to be a football season to remember.