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Penn State's dominant second quarter means all smiles in Happy Valley

Penn State's dominant second quarter means all smiles in Happy Valley

Penn State WR Juwan Johnson finished with five catches for 105 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career.

A wild and soggy senior day saw Penn State and Nebraska play a insane game that set home scoring records, then the Nittany Lions' best player gave fans some good news afterward. Leading, 42-10, at the break, the Nittany Lions allowed five Cornhuskers touchdowns on their last five possessions.

Barkley, slowed in recent weeks after a strong start to the season, rushed 17 times for 158 yards and three scores, and caught six passes for 66 yards, helping the Lions improve to 9-2 and 6-2 in the Big Ten.

Barkley gave the Lions the lead 57 seconds into the game when he broke off a 65-yard touchdown run, but Nebraska took advantage of two Penn State special-teams breakdowns to reel off 10 straight points.

The No. 10 Lions throttled struggling Nebraska in the first half, building a 32-point lead, but the Huskers showed some character trying to fight back late.

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NOTES: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and QB Trace McSorley became the first Lions to score 10 rushing touchdowns apiece since Daryll Clark and Evan Royster did so in 2008. The fact that Lee's last pass, a 3-yard touchdown to tight end Jack Stoll, came on the game's final play and turned what would have been an 18-point win into a 12-point decision seemed to matter little to some fans, who wondered on social media whether this looked a little too much like the Ohio State and Michigan State collapses to consider it more a product of who was on the field than a disturbing trend for the entire team.

"The second half obviously just kind of leaves a bad taste in your mouth on offense and defense", PSU coach James Franklin said.

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The Huskers recovered an onside kick with 1:20 to go and found the end zone again on the game's final play. "So, I'm still not completely sure when the right time is to make those changes".

"We're going to enjoy the wins around here". "There's too many miserable coaches across the country (who) aren't happy after wins".

He added, "I have two games left".

Mikale Wilbon scored on a 24-yard run and De'Mornay Pierson-El hauled in a 22-yard score during the third quarter.

Nebraska's Tanner Lee returned from concussion protocol to complete 26 of 41 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns.

"Some people probably won't play, and if they don't play, that's on them".

Penn State 49, Nebraska 24: McSorley hit Johnson on 16- and 14-yard passes during a 79-yard TD drive, also connected with backup QB Tommy Stevens for a 13-yard gain to the 17.

Penn State finished with 263 rushing yards on 35 carries, an average of 7.5 yards per play.