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PSUpride SCOREBOARD

Final Score 1 2 3 4 F
(0-3) Central Florida 3 3 0 7 13
(2-1) Penn State 0

21

9 7 37
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
FG 2:44 MATT PRATER 33 YD FG
2nd Quarter
TD 9:41 TONY HUNT 4 YD RUN (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
TD 5:16 TONY HUNT 26 YD RUN (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
TD 3:19 JOHN BRONSON 1 YD PASS FROM ZACK MILLS (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
FG 0:00 MATT PRATER 22 YD FG
3rd Quarter
S 1:05 TEAM SAFETY
TD 0:28 TONY HUNT 33 YD RUN (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)
4th Quarter
TD 7:41 TAVARIS CAPERS 54 YD PUNT RETURN (MATT PRATER KICK)
TD 0:44 MIKE GASPARATO 22 YD RUN (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)

 


Despite Six Turnovers by Mills' PSU Wins


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Tony Hunt rushed for three touchdowns, leading Penn State to a 37-13 victory over Central Florida on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions (2-1) overcame a dismal offensive performance that included six turnovers by Zack Mills - four fumbles and two interceptions. Only Hunt's consistent running and an equally poor showing by UCF (0-3) spared Penn State.

Hunt's first touchdown, a 4-yard run in the second quarter, gave Penn State the lead. On his second, a 26-yard run, he started left, then cut back to the right, spun around a defender and dived past two more into the end zone, making it 14-3.

Jon Bronson, a former defensive end, made his first career catch for a 1-yard touchdown and a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter.

But when Mills' pass bounced off Terrance Phillips' chest, Mike Walker returned his second interception of the game 59 yards to set up Matt Prater's last-second, 22-yard field goal. That made it 21-6 at halftime.

Tavaris Capers fumbled a punt return on UCF's 2-yard line, and Calvin Lowry recovered for Penn State. But Mills fumbled the snap on Penn State's first play, and Stanford Rhule recovered for the Golden Knights.

Four plays later, UCF punter Aaron Horne let the snap sail through his hands and out the back of the end zone for a safety and a 23-6 Penn State lead.

Hunt scored his third touchdown on a 33-yard run up the middle late in the third.

Capers made up for his mistake in the fourth quarter, slipping past four would-be tacklers on a 54-yard punt return, bringing UCF within 30-13.

Hunt finished with 125 yards rushing, and Mills completed 19 of 29 passes for 229 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Mistakes put Penn State behind in the first quarter. On their first drive, the Nittany Lions got to the UCF 13 before Mills fumbled. Later, a 6-yard punt by Jeremy Kapinos gave the Golden Knights a short field, setting up a 33-yard field goal by Prater for a 3-0 lead.

 


Penn State Team Statistics


Team Statistics
  UCF Penn State
First Downs 11 24
Rushing 3 10
Passing 7 13
Penalty 1 1
3rd-Down efficiency 3-16-19% 7-14-50%
4th-Down efficiency 0-1-0% 1-1-100%
Total net yards 181 524
Total plays 66 75
Average gain 2.7 7.0
Net yards rushing 60 247
Rushes 31 41
Average per rush 1.9 6.0
Net yards passing 121 277
Completed-attempted 13-33 22-34
Yards per pass 3.5 8.1
Sacked-yards lost 2--10 0-0
Had intercepted 1 2
Return Yardage 113 63
Punts-returns 2-54 5-55
Kickoffs-returns 2-25 3-39
Interceptions-returns 2-59 1-0
Penalties-yards 6-49 6-50
Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-4
Time of Possession 28:5 31:55

 

INDIVIDUAL GAME STATISTICS

 

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

PASSING

 

CP/AT

YDS

TD

INT

Z Mills

19/29

229

1

2

M Robinson

1/1

39

0

0

A Morelli

2/2

9

0

0

C Ganter

0/2

0

0

0

 

RUSHING

 

ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

T Hunt

16

125

7.8

3

M Robinson

9

51

5.7

0

A Scott

6

47

7.8

0

M Gasparato

1

22

22.0

1

Z Mills

7

3

0.4

0

R Kinlaw

2

-1

-0.5

0

 

RECEIVING

 

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

M Robinson

7

93

13.3

0

G Smith

3

58

19.3

0

Z Mills

1

39

39.0

0

T Phillips

1

23

23.0

0

P Jefferson

2

20

10.0

0

A Scott

3

18

6.0

0

I Smolko

1

15

15.0

0

B Perretta

1

5

5.0

0

K Palmer

1

4

4.0

0

T Hunt

1

1

1.0

0

J Bronson

1

1

1.0

1

 

KICK RETURNS

 

NO.

YDS

AVG

TD

B Perretta

1

14

14.0

0

T Hunt

1

14

14.0

0

P Hall

1

11

11.0

0

 

PUNT RETURNS

 

NO.

YDS

AVG

TD

C Lowry

5

55

11.0

0

 

INTERCEPTIONS

 

NO.

YDS

AVG

TD

D Connor

1

0

0.0

0

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA GOLDEN KNIGHTS

PASSING

 

CP/AT

YDS

TD

INT

K Israel

6/19

52

0

1

B Sumner

4/7

42

0

0

S Moffett

3/7

27

0

0

 

RUSHING

 

ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

A Haynes

21

55

2.6

0

D Wilcox

2

7

3.5

0

K Israel

4

5

1.2

0

C Francis

2

1

0.5

0

B Sumner

1

-3

-3.0

0

 

RECEIVING

 

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

L Huggins

4

59

14.8

0

H Joiner

1

25

25.0

0

B Marshall

2

18

9.0

0

D Johnson

2

15

7.5

0

T Capers

2

3

1.5

0

A Haynes

1

1

1.0

0

B Turner

1

0

0.0

0

 

KICK RETURNS

 

NO.

YDS

AVG

TD

L Huggins

2

25

12.5

0

 

PUNT RETURNS

 

NO.

YDS

AVG

TD

T Capers

2

54

27.0

1

 

INTERCEPTIONS

 

NO.

YDS

AVG

TD

M Walker

2

59

29.5

0