Penn State

Gritty road win extends Lions’ streak to six


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Trace McSorley eludes the Indiana rush during the Lions' win. -- GETTY

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- There were bound to be some hiccups along the way.

Penn State's offensive line deployed a contingency plan at offensive tackle during the opening drive when left tackle Paris Palmer exited the game with an injury and didn't return. Quarterback Trace McSorley, playing on a hobbled left ankle after a first-quarter injury, fired two interceptions after having not turned it over since Sept. 24. The offense, which had been so explosive the last couple weeks, posting 103 points in wins against Purdue and Iowa, slipped into a lull. Seemingly wherever the elusive Saquon Barkley turned their were red jerseys there to meet him in the backfield.

Even with the Hoosiers turning the ball over four times in the first half the Lions, ranked No. 12 in the AP Poll and No. 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings, still couldn't capitalize. It was a recipe for a stunner and with Penn State trailing by 10 points late in the 3rd quarter it almost was, but Penn State exploded for 31 points during a 16-minute stretch to leave Memorial Stadium with a 45-31 win. With a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery by defensive end Torrence Brown with 29 seconds left in the game the Lions posted 40-plus points for the third consecutive game.

"I'm really proud of our guys," James Franklin said. "It would describe it as gutsy, resilient and battled through a bunch of different things. ... I'm proud of the guys. Nobody panicked."

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