Penn State running game returns, Lions cruise against UMass, 48-7
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – 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.