Penn State players help assistant propose to girlfriend after Rutgers win

Rutgers athletics director Pat Hobbs and coach Chris Ash greet players at the bus before a home game in 2016

McSorley connected for touchdown passes of 22 yards to Hamilton just before halftime and 16 yards to Gesicki in the fourth quarter.

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

For Rutgers, they now drop to 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

Hidden statistic: Rutgers went seven straight possessions, from early in the second quarter until five minutes were left in the game, without a first down.

Worst pass: Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno overshot Hunter Hayek, who was open deep over the middle in the fourth quarter.

After missing a bunch of tackles in the run game, Penn State finally got itself into a favorable position. 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. They had a 6-0 lead that could have easily been 14-0 if anything came easily for this offense.

Play of the game: With Penn State leading 14-6 in the third quarter, Trace McSorley completed a short pass to wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who pitched back to Saquon Barkley for a 14-yard gain to the Rutgers 1.

Barkley, who looked like the Heisman favorite just three weeks ago, had little room to run behind an offensive line without its starting left tackle.

Rutgers had a critical 17-2 run in the second half, and the Scarlet Knights outlasted pesky Central Connecticut State 71-67 on Sunday at Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. The Lions took over at the Scarlet Knights 46 and scored in four plays, with McSorley finding Johnson for gains of 25 and 9 yards. 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.

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