Penn State and its fans needed patience, sure.
Rutgers (4-6, 3-4) lost to No. 14 Penn State (8-2, 5-2) by a score of 35-6 on Saturday, and though there wasn't much to love for Knights fans, there was a lot more than previous year.
After losing to Ohio State and Michigan State by a combined four points and seeing their playoff possibilities all but vanish, the Lions (8-2, 5-2) failed to field the opening kickoff after an unexpected bounce. His two highlights were a 97-yard kick return to open the game and then a 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. His 25 yard touchdown pass to DaeSean Hamilton was in tight coverage and ideal placement on an inside breaking route. Trace McSorley has thrown for 2,452 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions this season.
The loss to Penn State followed a similar script to Rutgers' loss to MI last month: Play a tight first half, make a few too many mistakes on individual plays and run out of gas in the second half against a more talented opponent.
The Penn State defense limited the Scarlet Knights after its team trailed 6-0. They beat Rutgers (4-6, 3-4) and did so handily, but were sluggish from the get-go in all three phases of the game.
The Scarlet Knights gained only 31 yards of total offense on seven straight possessions between the second and fourth quarters. Barkley looks like instant offense in the National Football League game.
Penn State didn't commit a turnover all day. Barkley sprinted up intending to field the kickoff on a bounce, but the ball bounced sideways and the Scarlet Knights' Lawrence Stevens recovered at the Nittany Lions 21.
The Scarlet Knights scored again on their third possession, aided by Gus Edwards' 18-yard run.
From early in the second quarter to six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Rutgers had only one drive last longer than three plays. The Nittany Lions took a 14-6 lead into the break and never looked back. The latter drive included completions of 17 and 10 yards to Johnson and a pass interference penalty against Rutgers.
Which TV channel is showing Penn State-Rutgers?"They'll stay together and keep working and find a way to get another win or two here at the end of the season".
They drove 55 yards for their third score with a hook-and-lateral play that excited the crowd. Barkley added a red-zone leap, landing at the Rutgers 1-yard line, and scored two plays later. "He went out and played at a very high level".
The 2016 Scarlet Knights would not - and did not - put up points against a ranked Penn State side.