FBS teams, whatever the reasons, don’t always get it done when they play a non-Power 5 opponent. And they end up in the Fraud Five. Ask Nebraska. That didn’t happen to Penn State. Not remotely close.
The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (3-0) pounded Georgia State as anticipated Saturday night in Happy Valley, 56-0. It was 35-0 at the half.
With the prelims out of the way, the defending Big Ten champions will now play their conference opener this week at Iowa (3-0). Three of their five games after that are also on the road.
They’ve lost four of their last five in Iowa City. The win was in their last trip, in 2012, 38-14. And remember when Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz was going to be the next PSU coach?
Anyway, Trace McSorley threw for 258 yards. By halftime. He passed for four touchdowns and ran for another. His 85-yarder to Saquon Barkley was a Beaver Stadium record. Maybe the Nits can have two Heisman Trophy finalists.
Villanova 59, Lafayette 0
This one was 49-love after 30 minutes.
The Wildcats (2-1), ranked seventh in FCS, were coming off a three-point loss to Temple. This was their biggest margin of victory in a shutout since 1997 and their highest point total in a decade.
Taurus Phillips returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, the third Wildcat in 33 years to score that way. Tight end Ryan Bell, a former walk-on, had five catches for a career-best 119 yards and two TDs. It was the fourth time he had scored twice in the last eight games.
This was their only home game in the first five.
Next week they’re at Albany (2-1). The Wildcats won on the Main Line last year, 24-13. They won in Albany in 2015, 37-0.
Penn 42, Ohio Dominican 24
The Quakers opened against a Division II team that they were forced to schedule late when Jacksonville University pulled out.
They trailed at Franklin Field, 10-7, at the break. Then they put up 35 points in a 15-minute span of the third and fourth quarters.
They used two quarterbacks. New starter Will Fischer-Colbrie struggled early but finished 18-for 29 for 198 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Nick Robinson was in for their first and last scoring drives, throwing for a TD and running for another.
Tre Solomon, the Ivy League’s top rusher a year ago, injured his ankle late in the first quarter. Karekin Brooks carried 10 times for 142 yards and two scores, including a 64-yarder. Fellow sophomore Abe Willows gained 76 on 10 attempts. And freshman Isaiah Malcome, a 5-5 ball of energy, chipped in 49 on three late. He also had 151 return yards on five punts and four kickoffs.
Justin Watson caught eight balls for 134 yards and two scores. The visitors dropped to 0-3, all on the road.
Penn is 1-0 for first time since 2013 and third time in 11 years.
The Quakers now go to Lehigh (0-3), which just lost at home to Yale 56-28. They have lost to the Mountain Hawks by 21 each of the last two years.
In case you missed it, Temple (2-1) beat Massachusetts (0-4) Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field, 29-21. On Thursday the Owls are at No. 22 South Florida (3-0). The reigning American Athletic champs beat the Bulls here last October, 46-30.
Nebraska — Mike Jensen is right. Sometimes they make it too easy. Can’t be losing to Northern Illinois at home. Good thing Mike Riley got that contract extension last week.
LSU – It’s OK to lose at Mississippi State, even after coach Dan Mullen just got inducted into the Ursinus Hall of Fame. But maybe not 37-7.
Louisville – It’s certainly OK to lose to Clemson, even at home with the revenge motivation. But probably not 47-21, with the Heisman Trophy winner.
Tennessee – It’s OK to lose to Florida, again. But not on a 63-yard Hail Mary.
Stanford – San Diego State is good. But the Cardinal still shouldn’t be losing there a week after getting clubbed by USC.
Mike Kern’s Top 10
1. Alabama (3-0). Beat Colorado State, 41-23. Saturday: at Vanderbilt. Has beaten Vandy 21 straight.
2. Clemson (3-0). Beat Louisville, 47-21. Saturday: vs. Boston College. Will try not to be looking ahead to at Virginia Tech.
3. Oklahoma (3-0). Beat Tulane, 56-14. Saturday: at Baylor. Matt Rhule might have a better shot with some of his Temple teams.
4. Southern Cal (3-0). Beat Texas, 27-24, in 2 OTs. Saturday: at Cal. Has beaten Cal 13 straight. Is at Washington State after this.
5. Penn State (3-0). Beat Georgia State, 56-0. Saturday: at Iowa. has won last three meetings. Won last year, 41-14, in first meeting since 2012.
6. Washington (3-0). Beat Fresno State, 48-16. Saturday: at Colorado. Has won last seven meetings, including 41-10 in last year’s Pac-12 title game.
7. Oklahoma State (3-0). Beat Pitt, 59-21. Saturday: vs. TCU. Has won five of last six meetings. Last year it was 31-6.
8. Michigan (3-0). Beat Air Force, 29-13. Saturday: at Purdue. Has won last three meetings, eight of last 10. Last year it was 44-13.
9. Ohio State (2-1). Beat Army, 38-7. Saturday: vs. Nevada-Las Vegas. First meeting. Rebels did lose to Howard at home.
10. Wisconsin (3-0). Beat BYU, 40-6. Next: Sept. 30 vs. Northwestern. Malvern Prep’s Alex Hornibrook, only a sophomore, threw for four scores.
Next in line: Florida State (0-1), Auburn (2-1), Georgia (3-0), Mississippi State (3-0) and Virginia Tech (3-0)/Miami (1-0).