The Penn State Nittany Lions returned one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten — Trace McSorely — and arguably the best running back in the country — Saquon Barkley — in 2017, but neither was involved in the team's first touchdown of the 2017 season.
The Nittany Lions were penalized one play earlier for running into the punter, and Akron elected to re-punt. That turned out to be a mistake:
DeAndre Thompkins opens Penn State’s 2017 scoring with a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/OjJYYnlsak
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