By the Numbers: Penn State drops Northwestern
UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field.
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41,061: game attendance.
381: offensive yards for Penn State.
374: career completions for Trace McSorley, who’s now eight all-time at Penn State.
265: offensive yards for Northwestern.
245: passing yards for Trace McSorley.
75: rushing yards for Saquon Barkley, on 16 attempts.
53-yard rushing touchdown for Barkley.
47: number of bowl games Penn State has played in all-time. The Nittany Lions are now bowl eligible with six wins.
24: number of Nittany Lions who’ve made their debuts this season, after tight end Nick Bowers appeared in the fourth quarter.
21: consecutive games in which McSorley has thrown a touchdown.
20: consecutive games in which Mike Gesicki has a reception.
18: number of career punts inside the 20-yard line for Blake Gillikin.
17: number of turnovers Penn State has forced this season.
15: number of consecutive completions for McSorley, who broke Kerry Collins’ program record.
14: career wins against Northwestern for Penn State; the Lions lead the all-time series 14-5.
13: number of consecutive games in which Barkley has scored a touchdown.
12: number of Big Ten games Penn State has win in a row; it’s the longest streak for the Nittany Lions since the 1993 and 1994 seasons.
11: career games in which McSorley has both thrown and rushed for a touchdown.
7: number of consecutive games in which cornerback Christian Campbell has broken up a pass.
7: quarterback hits by Penn State.
4: number of tackles for defensive end Shane Simmons, a career high.
4: sacks by Penn State.
3: career-high pass breakups for cornerback Grant Haley.
0: points Penn State has allowed in the first quarter, the Nittany Lion are the only FBS team to yet give up a point in the opening frame.