3 takeaways from win over Rutgers in Week 11

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THE BIG PLAY: On a 3rd-and-9 in the third quarter, Penn State ran a hook-and-lateral play, with receiver Hamilton pitching to Barkley after a short catch.

The Whitehall High School graduate was held to 35 rushing yards and 13 receiving yards on the day.

Best run: McSorley's 20-yard touchdown run with 7:36 left in the first half, which gave the Lions their first lead (7-6), came after a fake to Barkley. Disciplinary report: Penn State outside linebacker Manny Bowen, a starter in every game before Saturday, was not in uniform. They were outgained 304-200 in the game, managing just 79 yards in the second half.

Best kick: Blake Gillikin, averaging 47.3 and on pace to set a Penn State season yards-per-punt record, boomed a 53-yarder in the first quarter. Quarterback Gio Rescigno completed only seven of 20 passes for 43 yards. Barkley sprinted up intending to field the kickoff on a bounce, but the ball bounced sideways and the Scarlet Knights' Lawrence Stevens recovered at the Nittany Lions 21.

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Worst tackle (s): Penn State missed several early, allowing Rutgers to control the clock in the first quarter (10:35-4:25).

The Scarlet Knights scored again on their third possession, aided by Gus Edwards' 18-yard run. They did score on the next two possessions. Barkley scored two plays later. Best pass: McSorley fired a strike to DaeSean Hamilton for a 36-yard gain to the MI 27, setting up McSorley's 3-yard touchdown run late in the first half.

Penn State may be out of the Big Ten and College Football Playoff title chases, but it can still make a New Year's Six bowl, and so that's the aim now along with finishing the regular season with 10 wins.

The McSorley-to-Gesicki touchdown in the fourth quarter was the ninth and final play of a 62-yard drive.

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