Penn State runs awesome hook and lateral play to Saquon Barkley

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Penn State has had a tough time getting the ball to Saquon Barkley in space in recent weeks, but a creative play call from Joe Moorhead solved that problem Saturday against Rutgers.

Leading 14-6, PSU faced a third-and-nine play from the Rutgers 15. Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley threw what looked like a quick screen to DaeSean Hamilton. But instead of cutting up field, Hamilton pitched the ball to Barkley. He took it all the way down to the 1 with an awesome hurdle.

(via Big Ten Network)

You can really see the play design from this angle. It looks like a standard wide receiver screen at first until Barkley, after a chip block, ran upfield toward Hamilton. He received the pitch in stride and got the Nittany Lions a first down.

(via Big Ten Network)

Two plays later, Barkley finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, increasing Penn State’s lead to 21-6.

PSU went on to win 35-6.

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