Sept. 16, 2006
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -Tony Hunt ran for 143 yards and a touchdown, A.J. Wallace scored on a 76-yard reverse and No. 25 Penn State bullied Youngstown State in a 37-3 win Saturday.
The Nittany Lions (2-1) were too big and fast for the Division I-AA Penguins most of the afternoon. Penn State had 568 yards of total offense, including 389 on the ground, and held Youngstown State to 184 total yards.
Coach Joe Paterno's squad got a confidence-boosting win heading into next week's showdown at top-ranked Ohio State.
After a slow start, Penn State's offense took off in the second quarter after Wallace took the reverse handoff. He eluded the grasp of one tackler, got a nice block from wideout Deon Butler inside the 5 before dashing past the goal line and pointing to fans in the end zone to give Penn State a 10-0 lead.
Derrick Bush recovered a fumble by Monquantae Gibson to save a turnover on Youngstown State's next drive, but safety Anthony Scirrotto had a 28-yard interception on the next play after Penguins quarterback Tom Zetts was chased out of the pocket by linebacker Paul Posluszny.
Hunt turned a screen into a 16-yard gain on the ensuing drive, and the tailback scored two plays later on a draw from 12 yards out to extend Penn State's lead to 17-0.
About the only area in which the Lions didn't dominate was special teams. A long kickoff return by Derrick Williams was called back because of an illegal block penalty. Kicker Kevin Kelly had three field goals, including one from 49 yards, but missed on three others.
There was a smattering of boos and loud sighs from blue-and-white clad fans after Kelly missed a 31-yarder in a scoreless first quarter. A small contingent of Penguin fans made the trip down Interstate 80 from Ohio.
After TD runs by Wallace and Hunt, Penn State led 20-0. Youngstown State was held to 41 yards offense in the half, including minus-2 rushing, and just three first downs.
The Penguins found a little more success after opening the second half with a 14-play, 64-yard drive highlighted by quick, short passes and runs by Zetts. Brian Palmer kicked a 33-yard field goal for the Penguins' only score.
Zetts finished 12-of-20 for 95 yards and one interception. Penn State's Anthony Morelli looked good early but wasn't sharp late, finishing 11-for-27 for 154 yards.
Youngstown State's leading rusher, Marcus Mason, also did not get a carry and spent much of the day on the sidelines. Mason had run for 208 yards and four touchdowns in the Penguins' first two games.
Penn State added Youngstown State to the schedule after Louisiana Tech backed out late last year because of a scheduling conflict in the Western Athletic Conference.