Saturday, September 21, 2013
Penn State vs Kent State Game Review
What better way for the Penn State defense to respond to last week's performance by pitching a shutout! The Nittany Lions held the Kent State Golden Flashes to just 54 yards on the ground after giving up 219 the previous week to Central Florida. Penn State Safety Ryan Keiser paved the way for the defense with a sack and an interception. Deion Barnes recorded his first (half) sack of the season, as the Nittany Lions limited the Golden Flashes to just 190 yards of total offense.
Despite a slow start, Penn State's offense was able to move the ball and finally scored on a Christian Hackenberg 15 yard touchdown(TD) pass to Bill Belton to give the Nittany Lions a 7-0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Most of Penn State's offense came from the running game with their 1-2-3 punch of Lynch-Belton-Zwinak, who recorded 123, 90, and 65 rushing yards respectively (278 yards total) and Zach Zwinak had his second consecutive game with 3 Rushing TD's. Zwinak's 3rd TD of the game gave Penn State a 31-0 lead with 6:42 left remaining in the game. Perhaps the most eye raising moment of the game came when Sam Ficken(who had made a 25 yard Field Goal earlier) nailed a 54 yarder with plenty room to spare, and in the process gave the Nittany Lions a 34-0 lead, and go on to win by that score. Ficken's field goal is the 4th longest in school history, and the longest since 1979.
Penn State will have a Bye Week next weekend before heading to Indiana to open up its Big Ten Conference play. Kent State enters MAC play next week when they head to Western Michigan to take on the Broncos
Notes: -Penn State had nearly three times the amount of first downs as Kent State (26-9)
-Penn State averaged 5.4 yards per carry
Receiver Allen Robinson was held to under 100 receiving yards (43) for the first time this season.