October 22, 2016, is a day that will live on forever in the history of Penn State football. A blocked kick led to a 24-21 win over Ohio State in the last time they visited Beaver Stadium. That win, as ESPN’s Chris Fowler put it, was “Penn State’s signature win.” A win that sent James Franklin’s team to new heights and put quarterback Trace McSorley under the national spotlight.
Now two years later, Penn State once again plays host to the Buckeyes in the biggest game of the college football season so far. This game, Penn State’s annual Whiteout, will be the biggest game of McSorley’s career. The winner of this game will put themselves in prime position to win the Big Ten and earn a spot in the college football playoff.
For McSorley, there has been no bigger stage. With a stage of this magnitude comes the opportunity to cement himself as one of the best players in the country, let alone Penn State football history. On Saturday night, McSorley can have his “Heisman Moment.”
Throughout his career, McSorley has had plenty of moments, something that is given when you are the most accomplished quarterback in school history. There was, of course, the Ohio State game from two years ago, the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin, the game-winning drive against Iowa last year, the Michigan Whiteout last season, and the Fiesta Bowl win over Washington at the end of last season. The fact is, McSorley has shined in big moments throughout his career. As James Franklin said, “all Trace does is win.”
Saturday’s game will be on a whole new level, and if the Penn State Nittany Lions are going to pull off this win and move closer towards a conference championship, then they are going to need their leader in McSorley to take them there. McSorley and Penn State’s offense is going to have to put up a lot of points given the Nittany Lions’ defensive struggles and the explosiveness of the Ohio State offense.
Two years ago, Penn State was not expected to win. The difference for this years game is the hype leading up to this kickoff. Obviously, every Whiteout game has a ton of hype leading up to it, but this year’s is highly anticipated for the impact it will have on the outcome of the season. Not often do you have a game of this magnitude this early in the season. But a No. 4 ranked vs No.9 ranked matchup will surely come with a ton of hype.
McSorley will obviously be remembered for helping bring the program back from the sanctions era but with a win over Ohio State Saturday night, McSorley will see himself on a whole new level amongst the Penn State greats.
Can McSorley do that? It is surely not out of the question. Penn State is one of the best teams in the country, and McSorley is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. This is not a task that will be too large for the Nittany Lions.
With 110,000 screaming fans, all donned in white, behind them the Nittany Lions and McSorley can pull off yet another signature win in the best atmosphere in college football.
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