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Penn State running game returns, Lions cruise against UMass, 48-7

  • Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) runs past Massachusetts defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox (17) on his way to a 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) runs past Massachusetts defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox (17) on his way to a 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Massachusetts place kicker Matthew Wylie (43) misses a field goal as the Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (95) leaps with the rest of the line in the first quarter of the  NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Massachusetts place kicker Matthew Wylie (43) misses a field goal as the Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (95) leaps with the rest of the line in the first quarter of the NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (5) hops over teammate wide receiver Geno Lewis (7) after making a catch and trying to avoid Massachusetts defensive back Jackson Porter (28) in the second quarter NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (5) hops over teammate wide receiver Geno Lewis (7) after making a catch and trying to avoid Massachusetts defensive back Jackson Porter (28) in the second quarter NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak rushed for a pair of touchdowns each, Christian Hackenberg threw for 179 yards and Penn State defeated Massachusetts 48-7 on Saturday.

Penn State (4-0), which needed late-game drives to win two of its first three games, displayed a run-pass balance for the first time this season during its first-ever game against UMass (0-4).

The Nittany Lions punted on their first possession but kicked two field goals and scored six touchdowns on their next eight. It was the most points Penn State scored since a 52-3 win over Eastern Illinois on Oct. 10, 2009.

Akeel Lynch rushed for 81 yards on eight carries while Belton's 76 yards came on seven rushes.

Penn State rushed for 228 yards on 45 attempts and its defense allowed just three rushing yards.

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel was 17 of 33 for 263 yards and a touchdown.