Penn State routs Youngstown State
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Tony Hunt ran for 143 of Penn State's 389 yards on the ground, as the 25th-ranked Nittany Lions routed Division I-AA Youngstown State, 37-3, at Beaver Stadium.
Derrick Williams sprinted for 56 yards and a score, Rodney Kinlaw collected 86 yards on just six carries and freshman A.J. Wallace ran a reverse 76 yards for a touchdown. The running game supported a shaky performance by quarterback Anthony Morelli, who finished just 11-of-27 for 154 yards.
Kevin Kelly was 3-of-6 on field goals, including a 36-yard boot late in the third stanza. Quarterback Daryll Clark came into the game in mop-up duty, running 18 yards for a late touchdown.
Penn State (2-1) used the contest to iron out the kinks from last week's blowout loss at Notre Dame and to prepare for its Big Ten opener next Saturday at the Horseshoe against top-ranked Ohio State.
Tom Zetts struggled through the air for Youngstown State, completing just 12- of-20 passes for 95 yards. Demetrius Ison hauled in five passes for 35 yards in the loss.
The Penguins (2-1) played admirably throughout the first period, not rolling over despite a raucous atmosphere in Happy Valley. While Penn State wasn't quite Youngstown State's first two victims this season, Slippery Rock and Maine, the Penguins have had previous success against I-A opponents, winning 19 times in the program's 66-year history.
Penn State over tripled Youngstown State's total yards in the first quarter, entering Penguins territory three times without any points to show for it. Kelly pulled a 31-yard field goal low and right on the third march of the stanza.
The Nittany Lions' next possession, and fourth straight trip across midfield, again stalled on third down, but Morelli's 16-yard toss to Deon Butler earlier in the drive helped move Penn State into the fringe of field-goal range.
Kelly was true this time from 49 yards to finally put points on the board with 9:51 remaining in the half.
Penn State's offense awoke in the second stanza as Wallace used his track- star speed on a reverse, darting 76 yards down the right sideline for the touchdown and a 10-0 edge with 6:33 left.
On Youngstown State's ensuing possession, Zetts' third-down pass sailed over the head of the intended receiver and into the hands of Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto.
Hunt touched the ball on all three plays of the next drive, catching a screen pass for 16 yards and rushing for a loss of five before knifing off left tackle and breaking four tackles along the way to the end zone from 11 yards out.
Kelly's 28-yard field goal as the half expired opened a 20-0 advantage.
Youngstown State pieced together an impressive march to begin the second half, driving 64 yards over 14 plays for a Brian Palmer 33-yard field goal.
The Lions struck right back, as Kinlaw's 50-yard kickoff return into Penguins territory jump-started a seven-play, 49-yard march that ended with Williams' four-yard touchdown sprint off left end with 6:07 left in the period.
The game marked Youngstown State's first-ever bout against a member of the Big Ten...The Penguins had minus-two rushing yards and picked up three first downs in the first half...Hunt rushed for only 110 yards in the first two games combined...Lydell Sargeant also intercepted a pass for Penn State...The Nittany Lions racked up 568 total yards.
09/16 19:00:17 ET