Arguably the greatest quarterback ever for Penn State played his final game in a Nittany Lion uniform yesterday. It may not have been the storybook ending to a record career, but Trace McSorley, who holds the PSU record for most wins by a quarterback, did what he’s always done – keep swinging until the very end. The Nittany Lions ultimately fell to the Wildcats 24 to 27, but it could’ve been much worse. Penn State started the second half down 10 to 7. The Wildcats’ quickly scored 10 points to open the third quarter. Freshman quarterback Sean Clifford started the second half for PSU because McSorley broke his foot in the first half. Trace wouldn’t let that stop him though. He pulled a Brett Favre and played through it, almost coming up with the win.
While the game didn’t end with a win, his career does. McSorley owns an insane amount of PSU records including most completions, passing yards, and passing and rushing touchdowns, but fans and players will remember his competitiveness, his ability to rise to any challenge, and what he did to put Penn State football back on the map. And for that, we thank you Trace.