A Saquon Barkley touchdown gave Penn State a big win over Minnesota at Beaver Stadium.
The Nittany Lions and Golden Gophers played a pretty intense one in Happy Valley this afternoon. Minnesota did a pretty good job bottling up explosive PSU star running back Saquon Barkley all day, but he made the biggest play of the day when it mattered most.
On Penn State's first play of overtime, down 29-26, Barkley burst through the line on a draw and took it to the house, handing the Nittany Lions a 29-26 Big Ten win.
It was not a vintage Saquon Barkley game, for the most part. Minnesota held him to just 3.2 yards per carry—he totaled 63 yards on 20 carries, including the 25 yard score. Quarterback Trace McSorley was actually the more effective rusher, with 73 yards on just eight rushes, and a score of his own. On the first play of overtime, however, offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead called Barkley's number, and it paid off.
After the win, Barkley thanked his coach for trusting in him, during a pretty cool moment on the field.
The win is a huge one for Penn State, pushing the program to 3-2 on the year. Next Saturday, the Nittany Lions host Maryland.