Penn State's chances at winning back-to-back Big Ten titles are now on life support, and Saquon Barkley's Heisman hopes may have flat-lined.
All the Nittany Lions could do was help themselves over the final four games of the season. With a victory, Penn State would have tied the Buckeyes in the Big Ten East standings, and the Nittany Lions likely would have hopped them in the CFP polls. The Spartans came into Saturday's game allowing less than 90 rushing yards per game, and once again rendered that part of an opponent's offense inconsequential.
Now, two scorned teams will face off in Week 10 for the second-place spot in their division.
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Prior to the delay, Lions quarterback Trace McSorley threw touchdown passes to DaeSean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknall, moving him past Christian Hackenberg atop Penn State's career passing touchdown list with 49. Laying waste to Pitt, pulling one out in Iowa, and clobbering MI in front of almost 111,000 fans - this team just seemed to have "it".
Lewerke faked two hand-offs before setting his feet and firing to the front corner of the end zone at Spartan Stadium. The senior has thrown a touchdown pass in 23 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma (32).
The delay officially lasted 3 hours and 22 minutes, while administrators from both schools leered at radar screens showing a long string of thunderstorms rolling through central MI. Despite a shaky offensive line or a defense filled with former three-star recruits, Penn State was marching its way through the 2017 season, and the next stop was the National Championship. The penalty moved the ball to the Penn State 22, and the Spartans were able to run the clock down before Coghlin's winning kick.