Penn State remains unanimous No. 1 team in Land of 10 Power Poll after balanced win

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Penn State tops the Land of 10 Power Poll for a second consecutive week, warranting first-place recognition from each of our 13 voters. The Nittany Lions left little to doubt during a Saturday afternoon victory against Indiana at Beaver Stadium, surging to a 28-0 first-quarter lead on the way to a 45-14 win.

The Hoosiers held running back Saquon Barkley under 60 rushing yards for a second straight year, but the Penn State star showcased his versatility again. He opened the game with a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown, added 51 receiving yards and tossed a 16-yard touchdown to DaeSean Hamilton.

Hamilton, a senior, caught 9 passes for 122 yards and 3 scores. In the process, he became Penn State’s all-time leader in career receptions (181), surpassing the previous high (179) established in 2008 by Deon Butler.

Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley completed 23 of 36 passes for 315 yards and 2 scores, adding a touchdown on the ground. He has 15 touchdowns through five games.

While the offense went into a lull during the second and third quarters, an impressive Penn State defense played a complete game against a solid Hoosiers attack. The Nittany Lions forced 4 turnovers, including 1 on special teams that led to a scoop-and-score touchdown for Nick Scott, and have surrendered about 10 points per game through five contests.

This was the first time Penn State scored 2 special teams touchdowns since 2001.

The Nittany Lions entered the season with immense expectations on offense but continue to show a championship chase entails far more than offensive fireworks. This balance is precisely what college football programs strive for, and further progression in all three phases would make Penn State a tough team to contend with beyond the regular season.

“I don’t think we’ll ever leave a game satisfied,” Barkley said Saturday. “We’ll find a way, something, that we can’t be satisfied about. But, at the end of the day, the moral of the story is score more points than the other team. Sometimes, it’s going to be 59-0, sometimes it’s going to be 45-13, sometimes you’ve got to gut it out at the last second.”

The Big Ten schedule continues Oct. 7, when Penn State travels to Northwestern for a noon ET kickoff.

Week 5 Land of 10 Power Poll vote totals

1. Penn State (13 first-place votes) … 169 points

2. Ohio State … 149

3. Michigan … 145

4. Wisconsin … 134

5. Maryland … 107

6. Michigan State … 101

7. Minnesota … 81

8. Iowa … 79

9. Indiana … 57

10. Purdue … 54

11. Northwestern … 50

12. Nebraska … 35

13. Illinois … 22

14. Rutgers … 0

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