Purdue (3-5, 1-4) has had a rough season, to say the least. After firing their head coach a few weeks ago, the Boilermakers have had a difficult time adjusting to Interim Head Coach Gerad Parker.
Coming off of one of the biggest wins in the history of Penn State Football, this weekend was all about staying pumped, but also remaining calm and collected.
The game started off evenly-matched. Penn State scored the first touchdown of the day after driving down the field using Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) to do so.
At the Purdue three-yard line, Barkley made the run into the endzone, which was followed by a good kick from Tyler Davis (St. Charles, Ill.), giving Penn State a 7-0 lead.
Purdue quickly returned the favor, scoring after 10 plays. After a Penn State punt, Purdue yet again scored a touchdown, giving them a 14-7 lead.
Not a team to let being down bother them, quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) launched a 38 yard pass to Chris Godwin (Middletown, Del.) for a touchdown which was followed by a good kick from Davis.
Both Purdue and Penn State kicked field goals before the end of the half, sending both teams to the locker room tied, 17-17.
Penn State made some mature and much-need adjustments in the locker room and they came out firing on all cylinders to start the half.
Linebacker Brandon Smith (Winfield, Pa.) made an interception just over a minute into the third quarter.
Starting on the Purdue 24, Penn State drove down to the Purdue one-yard line, at which point McSorley made a quick pass to Godwin for a TD and good kick to give Penn State the lead, 24-17.
After a Purdue fumble on a Penn State punt, Penn State recovered the ball at the Purdue 24 yet again, except this time it was Andre Robinson (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) who made a four yard run to bring the score up to 31-17.
After a Penn State field goal, the score was 34-17.
Purdue scored its final points of the day off of a 62-yard pass that resulted in a touchdown (34-24).
Then, the scoring onslaught truly began for the Nittany Lions.
Miles Sanders (Pittsburgh, Pa.) notched a touchdown that was quickly followed by yet another Nittany Lion touchdown; an 81-yard run by Barkley that allowed him to march into the end zone with a smile on his face.
Penn State put in quarterback Tommy Stevens (Indianapolis, Ind.) with just under 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Stevens successfully brought Penn State down the field and passed the ball to Mark Allen who ran for one yard for a touchdown.
Christian Campbell (Phenix City, Ala.) then intercepted a Purdue pass, allowing Penn State to be in prime-touchdown position at the Purdue 28.
The final touchdown of the day was another by Robinson, who ran for 19 yards, locking in the final score of a 62-24 win for Penn State.
This is the first time since 2009 that Penn State has scored over 60 points in a game and won.
“This is our first road win this year… it was awesome,” said Smith.
With this win, Penn State is also now Bowl Eligible.
“We are such a better team than we were last year,” said Barkley. “We’re making strides.”
Despite this win, Head Coach James Franklin said that the team will “enjoy this win for the next couple hours, but then focus on the next game,” which will be an intense matchup against Iowa.
In fact, Franklin is calling for a second Beaver Stadium Whiteout as the team takes on Iowa at 7:30 p.m. this coming Saturday in Beaver Stadium.
Will you wear your white next weekend, Penn State fans? We know we will!