Nittany Lions blank Rutgers, 39-0

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley leads the Big Ten in rushing all-purpose yards and touchdowns entering a Saturday night matchup against Rutgers

Suffice it to say that nobody from the conference took the field to congratulate him.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were a terrible 2-8 on the season before they met up with the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night in High Point Solutions Stadium in New Jersey. In coach Chris Ash's first season, Rutgers has lost eight consecutive games heading into its season finale at Maryland next Saturday. They have not been very competitive, so knocking off Penn State (8-2, 6-1) would make their season. If Penn State can defeat Michigan State next Saturday and Ohio State beats Michigan, the Nittany Lions will play for a Big Ten Championship. Sunday's schedule figures to be even better for the Big Ten with three teams looking to add wins against top 150 opponents.

The rout was on, as Penn State, which has excelled in the second half all season, scored 30 points in the final two quarters to avoid any questions of why it didn't bludgeon Rutgers. Rutgers averaged 1.2 yards a carry, giving Justin Goodwin, Robert Martin, Dacoven Bailey and both quarterbacks Tylin Oden and Giovanni Rescigno chances to run the ball. He might have been influenced by the fact the wind was at Bonagura's back.

It could have been much worse than 39-0 if the Lions simply would have converted field goals into touchdowns, especially early on. In the first half alone, Rutgers dropped two interceptions, took itself out of field-goal range on a fumble recovery and went three-and-out after a fourth-down stop in the red zone.

The Nittany Lions capitalized on a blocked punt by Juwan Johnson at the Rutgers 10-yard line at the start of the third quarter to move ahead 16-0.

He is 20 for 22 on field goals this year - the only two misses were blocks - after going 8 for 8 last year.

Fyfe made his second career start - and first at home - and was effective if not always pretty, throwing a mix of short and intermediate passes. The Nittany Lions were then ranked No. 15.

So Penn State wasn't feeling the Big Ten vibe then, and it definitely wasn't in 1994.

The Scarlet Knights began the night ranked next-to-last in the nation in scoring (17.5 points) and total offense (296.1 yards) and didn't come close to reaching either of those numbers.

Fans, majority for Penn State, stand in hail and rain as they cheer during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Penn State and Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Piscataway, N.J. Penn State won 39-0.

549: The total yards Penn State had Saturday night. But Harris, a redshirt freshman who also plays baseball, insists the future can still be bright. Barkley barreled in from the 1 three plays later for his 16th touchdown this season. Either way, Penn State swore it wasn't about to take this matchup for granted.

Later in the third quarter, though, Barkley left the game with what appeared to be a leg injury after his 9-yard run to the 5 set up Andre Robinson's 2-yard touchdown run.

"Going down to New Jersey, a great opportunity to play on a big stage, on a night game, another Big Ten team".

Electing to kick-off their final home game of the season after winning the toss, the Scarlet Knights recovered a muffed kick reception from No. 8 Penn State's Miles Sanders inside the redzone.

Barkley was injured on a 9-yard run during the drive.