PARK, Pa. - Fourth-ranked Penn State football is back from the road, having
weathered its first Big Ten test of the season, now set to return to Beaver
Saturday's matchup against visiting Indiana not only marks the 21st meeting between the two teams, but also a special outing too, as it's also Penn State's Generations of Greatness game. Game day will take on an entirely retro feel, with throwback uniforms on display for one day only.
Penn State debuted its Generations of Greatness game details in mid-June, in the culmination of years of top secret planning and preparation. Elements of the custom uniform design date back as far as the 1940s, encompassing a variety of changes on through 2011.
In keeping with the throwback feel, take a look back at a few final notable performances from Penn State's dramatic road win at Iowa and where a few of those key contributions stack up, Generations of Greatness style.
A White Stripe on the
Penn State head coach James Franklin noted postgame that the defense probably hasn't been given enough credit this year. While the stats might not fully reflect the final score, Penn State limited Iowa to just 82 net rushing yards.
Wearing jersey No. 19 in honor of teammate Torrence Brown, defensive end Shareef Miller wrapped up Wadley for a safety in the second quarter.
"It's an honor for me to wear his number because we're so close," Miller said. "Since I came to Penn State, he took me under his wing and he's like a big brother to me, so it was really good for me to wear that number."
Miller finished tied for second on the team with five tackles, all solo, behind linebacker Jason Cabinda (6). Miller also tied for first on the team with 2.0 tackles for loss.
"Obviously he had a lot of inspiration knowing T [Torrence Brown] wasn't out there, he had a ton of TFLs and I'm really proud of him and the way he's playing right now," Cabinda said.
Alongside Miller and Cabinda, safety Marcus Allen matched Miller with five tackles and two tackles for loss. Allen also added a sack in addition to forcing his fourth career fumble in the third quarter, which corner back Grant Haley then recovered, marking his first career fumble recovery, that set up a Penn State scoring drive resulting in an 8-yard touchdown run from running back Saquon Barkley.
Miller's safety is the second of the season for the Nittany Lions (Marcus Allen vs. Pitt), which marks the first time since 2004 that Penn State has recorded two safeties in a single season.
How does that tie into Generations of Greatness? Although Penn State's uniform had a white stripe on the sleeve several times, it was present from 1992-2011, encompassing the 2004 season of course.
Numbers on the Side of
the Helmet & A Gray Facemask
Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki has continued his steady climb up the Penn State career receiving yards list, with five catches for 25 yards against the Hawkeyes. With 1,066 career receiving yards, Gesicki passed Jimmy Cefalo (1,058; 1974-77), who would have worn a helmet with his number 44 on the side, in addition to a gray facemask.
Gesicki has now totaled at least one grab in each of the last 18 consecutive games, with his final reception coming on a 3-yard catch in the final drive of the game.
Barkley was seemingly unstoppable Saturday, logging a career-high 211 rushing yards in the win, marking his third career 200-yard game. His 211 rushing yards rank tied for 15th in Penn State program history alongside Eric McCoo (vs. Ohio State; 1999), Curtis Enis (vs. Ohio State; 1997) and Lydell Mitchell (at Iowa; 1971), who would have done so in striped socks, worn on game days from 1970-72.
Barkley broke free for a 44-yard run in the third quarter before closing out the Nittany Lion scoring drive with his 8-yard rushing score.
Following a school-record 358 all-purpose yards at Iowa, Barkley is firmly slotted atop the FBS standings averaging 253 all-purpose yards per game headed into the week.