The Nittany Lions left no doubt in their season opener, throttling Akron 52-0 on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.

A few first-quarter mistakes aside, Penn State’s first game couldn’t have gone smoother.

Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley picked apart the Zips, the Nittany Lions’ defense had zero trouble bottling up Akron, and the Nittany Lions’ special teams even chipped in.

His 17-yard catch – forcing five missed tackles and hurdling a Zip – set up Penn State’s first offensive touchdown.

In a game that Penn State was supposed to win handily, it was Barkley’s dazzling dash toward the end zone that sealed it.

Buchholz didn’t start, but he was a key part of a Penn State front-four that disrupted Akron’s backfield all day long.

Punt return TD: Amani Oruwariye’s interception was a close second – and Barkley breaking ankles is up t, too – but Thompkins’ touchdown return is worthy of a few replays.

After holding on againstYoungstown State, new quarterback Max Browne and the rest of the Panthers look to make it two in a row next week at Beaver Stadium.