State College, PA – Back at one of the best atmosphere in college football at Beaver Stadium that was covered with Navy and White. The Blue team defeated the White team 21-10 behind returning starting quarterback Trace McSorley.
The fans and players got a some comedy relief in the second half. The teams were led out the tunnel for the second half by head coach James Franklin but wait that comedian Keegan-Michael Key dressed up like coach. His on field interview with the keys for the second half were spot on.
“Most importantly we were able to get some great work in, in the stadium, in front of the crowd,” said Franklin, “We had a great environment and I can’t reinforce that enough how appreciative we are of the fans.”
McSorley in typical fashion led quarterback throwing for 107 yards on 10/14 passes with a touchdown in first quarter.
The more surprising stat is McSorley took over for soon to be Top 5 NFL pick Saquon Barkley being the leading rusher in the game with 41 yards on 6 carries.
Wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer surprised most coming over from the baseball team being that two sport athlete for the game. He led the team with 2 touchdowns with 4 catches for 41 yards.
“Yeah, that was part of the recruiting process for him(Mac),” said Franklin, “now once spring ball ends he will go back to doing baseball as well as his academic responsibilities.”
Inside linebacker Jason Vranic and true freshman outside linebacker Micah Parsons led their defensive teams with the most tackles in the Blue-White game.
“At Penn State we want to do everything the right way and we want to treat people in a first-class manor; our fans, our recruits, our current players, they are all of it,” said Franklin.
Next up Penn State will host Appalachian State Mountaineers for their season opener on September 1, 2018.