Penn State 35, Rutgers 6 What we learned


Both are precursors to Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings release; the Lions were No. 14 there a week ago and behind three Big Ten teams, but that number should flip to two after Wisconsin blasted Iowa and Ohio State blew out Michigan State in Columbus.

It took a little longer than Franklin would have liked for the No. 16 Nittany Lions to rediscover the tools they used to dominate opponents in the first half of the season.

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.

Penn State on Saturday ended its first two-game losing streak since 2015, defeating Rutgers 35-6 at Beaver Stadium. Quarterback Gio Rescigno completed only seven of 20 passes for 43 yards.

Play of the game: Trace McSorley hit DaeSean Hamilton, who pitched a lateral back to Saquon Barkley, who gained 21 yards to the Rutgers 1, setting up the Lions' third touchdown and 21-6 lead with six minutes left in the third quarter.

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.

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Best call: Liked Rutgers, a 30-point underdog, going for fourth-and-1 from its 44 late in the first quarter. Barkley scored two plays later.

After missing a bunch of tackles in the run game, Penn State finally got itself into a favorable position. Injury report: Penn State sophomore offensive tackle Ryan Bates and sophomore defensive end Ryan Buchholz, who are out with undisclosed leg injuries, were not in uniform.

Veteran walk-on Brandon Smith started in Bowen's spot and made 10 tackles.

Central Connecticut State jumped out to a 10-2 lead, and Rutgers did not lead until a Williams jumper put the Scarlet Knights ahead 24-23 with 3:26 to go in the first half.

Rutgers can't throw the ball.