STATE COLLEGE, PA. – Georgia State (0-2) fell at No. 5 Penn State 56-0 Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State (3-0) quarterback Trace McSorley passed for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Saquon Barkley rushed for just 47 yards on 10 carries, but caught four passes for 142 yards, including an 85-yard catch-and-run touchdown.
Taz Bateman rushed for a career-high 100 yards on 29 carries. The junior running back also caught three passes for 19 yards and returned one punt for a total of 120 all-purpose yards.
Backup quarterback Aaron Winchester added 39 yards rushing, and receiver Penny Hart caught seven passes for 56 yards.
Georgia State quarterback Conner Manning passed for 133 yards on 16 completions but committed four turnovers with three interceptions and a fumble. Penn State converted each miscue into a touchdown.
“We fought hard,” head coach Shawn Elliott said. “You look up at that score and say, ‘What can you be proud of your football for?’ but I saw a lot of positives and a lot of players who took a step forward. We certainly have to a lot of work to do, and we have to get better. You can’t give up cheap points. The turnovers can’t happen. But our team will learn from this one, I promise you that.
“We gave so many cheap points away, and you just can’t do that,” Elliott continued. “I would have liked to make them earn it a little bit more. Penn State is a good football team. Hats off to Coach [James] Franklin and his staff.”
Georgia State plays its second straight road game next Saturday at Charlotte with a 6 p.m. kickoff at Jerry Richardson Stadium.
Taz Bateman’s 100-yard game is the first for the Panthers since 2014. His 29 carries in the game are the school record.
At No. 5, Penn State is the second-highest ranked team that Georgia State has faced in its eight seasons of football, and the highest since the Panthers played at No. 1 Alabama in 2013.
True freshman noseguard Dontae Wilson had a sack and a caused fumble.
The crowd of 102,746 is the largest that Georgia State has ever played before. The previous high was 101,621 at Alabama in 2010.
A last-minute injury to starting right guard Pat Bartlett forced the Panthers to juggle their offensive line. Gabe Mobley, who had started 23 straight games at center, moved to right guard, and Jamal Paxton made his first career start at center.