|Penn State 48, Akron 10|
|September 4, 2004|
|Beaver Stadium - University Park, PA|
|Kickoff Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT|
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - There was a time when Penn State and Joe Paterno
would react to a lopsided season-opening victory over a lightly regarded
opponent with a shrug.
On both sides of the ball, they did. The Nittany Lions piled up 352 yards rushing and 545 yards in total offense. They had scoring drives of 79, 70, 92, 70, 80 and 78 yards.
Sophomore Austin Scott, the high school sensation from Allentown, collected 116 yards on 11 carries, including touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards. Hunt and Scott became the first Penn State running backs to rush for more than 100 yards in the same game since Ki-Jana Carter and Mike Archie did it against Maryland in 1993. Afterward, Scott said Hunt started ahead of him because he missed a team meeting and was late for another.
Mills completed 9 of 11 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson completed 3 of 4 passes and had 35 yards on three catches. Paterno played four quarterbacks, including highly regarded freshman Anthony Morelli, who was 2 for 6.
"I felt 100 percent comfortable out there," said Mills, whose career has had dramatic highs mitigated by hard times. "That goes back to last winter, when we said, 'OK, we need to regroup here.' It's the little things that matter."
Penn State also had its way on defense, keeping the prolific Frye out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter and holding Akron to 295 total yards. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior completed 29 of 36 throws for 223 yards, but he was intercepted twice by Anwar Phillips and held without a touchdown pass. Frye is the top returning player in college football in total offense and is regarded as a potential first-round NFL draft pick.
Overall, Penn State's special teams looked sharp. Scott Paxson, the junior tackle from Roman Catholic High, blocked a field goal.
"It was nice to go into the locker room after a game and see a lot of smiling faces," Paxson said. "We didn't see much of that last season."
Notes: Dan Connor, the freshman linebacker from Strath Haven, made his first college tackle count, stopping receiver Domenik Hixon for a 1-yard loss on third and 10 at the Penn State 14-yard line. Connor had five tackles and was one of four true freshmen to see action. Among them was Elijah Robinson, a defensive tackle from Woodrow Wilson in Camden. He had one tackle... . Penn State will visit Boston College on Saturday night. The game will be carried by ABC Sports.
|PENN STATE||AKRON||TEAM STATISTICS|
|INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS||INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS||AKRON||PSU|
|Gasparato||6||20||4||16||0||7||Berchie||3||5||1||4||0||3||Yards Gained Rushing||93||367|
|Robinson||4||19||3||16||0||10||Montgomery||1||0||4||-4||0||0||Yards Lost Rushing||21||15|
|Jefferson||1||0||0||0||0||0||NET YARDS RUSHING||72||352|
|Ganter||1||0||5||-5||0||0||Passing||Att||Comp||INT||Yds||TD||LG||NET YARD PASSING||223||193|
|Morelli||6||2||0||23||0||15||Arthur||8||61||0||12||TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS||67||64|
|Robinson||4||3||0||42||1||18||Hixon||8||59||0||12||TOTAL NET YARDS||295||545|
|Ganter||2||2||0||20||0||14||Ellington||5||38||0||14||Avg. Gain Per Play||4.4||8.5|
|Montgomery||4||35||0||15||Fumbles: No. - Lost||1-1||0-0|
|Receiving||No.||Yds||TD||LG||Biggs||2||21||0||13||Penalties: No. - Yds.||7-57||8-74|
|G. Smith||4||48||0||13||Ringer||1||9||0||9||No. of Punts - Yards||3-126||1-37|
|Robinson||3||35||1||23||Basch||1||0||0||0||Avg. Per Punt||42.0||37.0|
|Smolko||1||19||0||19||Punt Returns: No. - Yds.||0-0||1-6|
|Mills||1||18||1||18||Punting||No.||Yds||AVG||LG||In20||Kickoff Returns: No. - Yds.||3-36||3-41|
|T. Phillips||1||17||1||17||Sullivan||3||126||42.0||48||0||Interceptions: No. - Yds.||0-0||2-47|
|Surma||1||15||0||15||Fumble Returns: No. - Yds.||0-0||0-0|
|Perretta||1||8||0||8||Goodwin||-||2-25||-||3rd Down Conversion||6 of 13||5 of 10|
|Lyons||1||6||0||6||4th Down Conversion||1 of 1||1 of 2|
|Hunt||1||4||0||4||Field Goal Attempts||Sacks By: No. - Yds.||1-5||2-12|
|Punting||No.||Yds||AVG||LG||In20||Swiger||2nd||4:18||32 yds||Missed||PSU PARTICIPANTS (66) - 1 A. Phillips, 2 Vendemia, 3 C. Ganter, 4 Gould, 5 Kanuch, 6 D. Johnson, 7 Mills, 8 Kinlaw, 9 T. Phillips, 10 Lowry, 11 J. Ganter, 11 Golden, 12 M. Robinson, 13 Palmer, 14 Kubic, 14 Morelli, 15 Wise, 17 Chisley, 18 Guman, 19 G. Smith, 20 T. Shaw, 21 Zemaitis, 22 Hardy, 24 McCready, 25 Perretta, 26 Hunt, 29 Cronin, 31 Posluszny, 32 Gasparato, 33 A. Scott, 35 Zwierzynski, 36 Kapinos, 38 Lawlor, 39 Jefferson, 40 Connor, 41 Paxson, 43 Kilmer, 44 Hall, 45 Bedics, 47 GIlmore, 50 Richardson, 53 Roach, 54 Purcell, 55 Rice, 56 Sothern, 59 Rush, 60 Weber, 65 Price, 66 Antolick, 67 L. Brown, 68 J. Wilson, 71 Farris, 74 Reed, 77 EZ Smith, 78 J. Shaw, 81 Smolko, 82 Surma, 83 R. Scott, 85 Alford, 87 Bronson, 89 Lyons, 90 J. Robinson, 91 Hali, 92 E. Johnson, 94 Wake, 95 E. Robinson.|
|Field Goal Attempts|