3 takeaways from win over Rutgers in Week 11

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The Nittany Lions embarrassed the Knights at home last season by a final score of 39-0, the largest margin of victory in the series.

When Saquon Barkley and Penn State started the 2017 season, it seemed like a no-brainer that the star running back would be, at a minimum, in the Heisman Trophy conversation, if not a favorite to win. Today's game takes place from Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Except that, after three wins in its previous four Big Ten games, Rutgers was getting used to the postgame locker room celebration like a kid who just discovered chocolate for the first time on Halloween and now had his candy bucket taken away.

After losing to Ohio State and Michigan State by a combined four points and seeing their playoff possibilities all but vanish, the Lions (8-2, 5-2) failed to field the opening kickoff after an unexpected bounce. You can find the BTN on your TV here.

Penn State's offensive line will have moments where it plays adequately or better than that, but it's going to have many more instances when little goes right, and it seems unlikely to change by the end of the regular season.

The loss to Penn State followed a similar script to Rutgers' loss to MI last month: Play a tight first half, make a few too many mistakes on individual plays and run out of gas in the second half against a more talented opponent.

Penn State fans can listen to the game on the Penn State Sports Network.

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"We just have to come back and be great on all three phases and we'll get the wins", safety Kiy Hester said. Rutgers WR Janarion Grant also fumbled the second-half kickoff - on a hit by Davis, no less - but the Lions were unable to capitalize.

Fortunately, the Penn State defense held the Scarlet Knights to a field goal. Penn State still has an offense to fear, but its defense has looked quite lackluster in recent weeks. It then won 28-3 in 2015.

The Nittany Lions are 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten going into the game. Though both losses came on the road and by a total of four points, they still count as losses that will end numerous teams' preseason dreams. He also has 504 receiving yards with 3 touchdowns, 393 kick return yards with 2 scores and a passing touchdown.

Wide receiver Juwan Johnson led the way through the air with five receptions for 78 yards. A 10-win season is still within their grasp, but the Big Ten East is pretty much out of the question at this point.

By that point, the snowball fight had been beaten out of Rutgers. McSorley finished with 214 yards passing and two touchdowns. Giovanni Rescigno has been the recent starter at QB. But Rutgers will likely rely on the rushing attack.

Rutgers can't throw the ball. The Scarlet Knights picked up 239 rushing yards and touchdowns, with Edwards leading the way with 109 yards.