Things are falling into place for Penn State

Written by Craig Rhodes and The Associated Press | Nov 13, 2016 7:38 AM

 (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Penn State's Chris Godwin makes a 21-yard touchdown reception against Indiana's AShon Riggins during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. Penn State defeated Indiana 45-31.

(Bloomington, IN) -- Saquon Barkley ran for two go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter, helping No. 12 Penn State beat Indiana 45-31 on Saturday.

Barkley was held to 20 yards on 20 carries through the first three quarters, but the Big Ten's top rusher stepped up in the final period, helping the Nittany Lions (8-2, 6-1, No. 10 CFP) keep pace with No. 2 Michigan in the East Division with their sixth consecutive victory.

First, Barkley found a hole for a 4-yard TD run that made it 28-24. After Indiana regained the lead on Richard Lagow's 40-yard touchdown pass to Nick Westbrook, Barkley ran over a defender for a 2-yard score with 3:58 left.

Penn State sealed the win with a 9-yard fumble return for a TD with 29 seconds left.

Barkley finished with 60 yards on 33 carries. Trace McSorley was 16 of 30 for 332 yards with two TD passes, both to wide receiuver Chris Godwin.  McSorley also ran for a touchdown.

Indiana (5-5, 3-4) had won two in a row. Richard Lagow was 23 of 40 for 292 yards and two TDs, and Devine Redding ran 23 times for 108 yards and two scores.

Penn State's win, combined with Michigan's loss to Iowa, gives the Lions a realistic shot at winning the Big Ten's Eastern Division.

The Lions will also no doubt move up in the rankings as no less than five top ten teams lost yesterday; Clemson, Michigan,  Washington, Texas A&M and Auburn.

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