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Barkley’s OT sprint caps Lions’ revival


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Saquon Barkley scores the game winning touchdown in overtime against Minnesota. -- GETTY

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Saquon Barkley ran up to Joe Moorhead, wrapped his arms around the Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator and in front of a rain-soaked crowd at Beaver Stadium quickly embraced his coach.

Barkley, who minutes earlier scampered 25 yards into the end zone for the game winning touchdown in overtime, leaned into Moorhead’s chest and delivered this message:

“Way to trust me, baby, way to trust me,” the Lions’ sophomore back told his coach. “Way to trust me.”

On an afternoon where the Penn State run game struggled to stay afloat, with Barkley at times moving backward more than forward, when the ball was in his hands in overtime with the offensive line executing perfectly, Barkley’s 25-yard touchdown run pushed Penn State past Minnesota, 29-26 and sent Beaver Stadium into a celebratory frenzy.

Players hopped the railing in the far corner of the end zone to celebrate with their parents. Offensive line coach Matt Limegrover, who previously coached at Minnesota, walked into the tunnel clutching the Governor’s Victory Bell Trophy while James Franklin walked past and let out a noticeable exhale.

“I went down and jumped in the student section,” tight end Mike Gesicki said. “That’s one of the reasons why I went to Penn State. My official visit was the Michigan game when they won in four overtimes. It doesn’t get any better than what I was just able to experience. After seeing that first hand a few years ago and now living it out, it was awesome.”

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