STATE COLLEGE, PA - Stafford Township native and Southern Regional Alum Mike Gesicki had a stellar performance in Penn State's season opener against Akron in the MAC Conference on Saturday afternoon.  

Penn State rolled 52-0 over Akron.  Gesicki had six catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns.  Penn State is ranked No. 6 in the nation.  They totaled totaling 569 yards of offense and shutout their opponent Akron in the football season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium.

Early season Heisman trophy candidate Saquon Barkley led a Penn State rushing attack that totaled 247 yards with 172 markers and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and he totaled 246 all-purpose yards with the addition of 54 receiving yards and 20 kickoff return yards. Quarterback Trace McSorley threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, both of his passing touchdowns went to Gesicki.

Defensively, Penn State did not allow Akron (0-1) past midfield in the first half, holding the Zips to just 69 yards, while the offense gained 358 en route to a 35-0 lead at halftime. PSU's shutout was the first in a season opener since a 59-0 win over FIU in 2007.