|Penn State 37, UCF 13|
|September 18, 2004|
|Beaver Stadium - University Park, PA|
|Kickoff Time: 12:10 p.m. EDT|
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Flooded roads, an unimposing opponent and, perhaps,
lingering depression from a telling loss a week earlier at Boston College
made yesterday a good day to find a parking spot outside Beaver Stadium.
span of 6 minutes, 22 seconds of the second quarter. Tony Hunt scored on runs of 4 and 26 yards, and Bronson, a converted defensive end, made his first career catch a TD catch.
Hunt added his third touchdown in the third quarter on a 33-yard run, screwing defender Mike Walker into the ground with a dazzling spin move before breaking into the open.
Hunt ran for 125 yards on 16 carries. He had also surpassed 100 yards in the 48-10 victory over Akron on opening day.
But Penn State's best player yesterday was Robinson, who produced a total of 183 yards running, passing and receiving and had played quarterback, receiver and running back by the time the Nittany Lions had run four plays.
The gifted junior led the team with seven catches for 93 yards, including an impressive over-the-shoulder grab he made while tightroping along the sideline. He also ran for 51 yards and lofted the 39-yard completion to Mills.
Afterward, Robinson had some consoling words for Mills. "I just told him to have a short memory," Robinson said. "He's a great player, and he's had his highlights and lowlights. He can bounce back from anything."
Between turnovers, the Nittany Lions amassed 524 yards of total offense. And for the second time against an overmatched opponent, their defense played well. It didn't allow a touchdown.
The Knights, who managed only 181 yards of total offense, scored their lone TD on a 54-yard punt return by Tavaris Capers midway through the fourth quarter.
Another bright spot for Penn State was the play of outside linebacker Dan Connor, the highly touted freshman from Strath Haven High School. Connor set up the Nittany Lions' third TD with an interception at the Knights' 28-yard line, and he tied for the team high with seven tackles, four of them solo. He got more playing time at his position than Derek Wake, a senior cocaptain.
"Connor has been practicing well, and I didn't think Derek was playing well, so we gave Dan a shot, and he played well," Paterno said.
Paterno keeps true freshmen off-limits to the media, so Connor was not available for comment.
After the game, the 77-year-old coach seemed as puzzled about his team as everyone else.
"I don't know where we are," he said. "All I know is we've got two wins and we've got to go to Wisconsin. We have two of the better teams in the country [Wisconsin and Minnesota] coming up, so we'll find out."
|PENN STATE||UCF||TEAM STATISTICS|
|INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS||INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS||UCF||PSU|
|Mills||7||9||6||3||0||4||Sumner||1||0||3||-3||0||0||Yards Gained Rushing||79||258|
|Kinlaw||2||0||1||-1||0||0||Yards Lost Rushing||19||11|
|Passing||Att||Comp||INT||Yds||TD||LG||NET YARDS RUSHING||60||247|
|Passing||Att||Comp||INT||Yds||TD||LG||Israel||19||6||1||52||0||25||NET YARD PASSING||121||277|
|Robinson||1||1||0||39||0||39||Receiving||No.||Yds||TD||LG||TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS||64||75|
|Huggins||4||59||0||25||TOTAL NET YARDS||181||524|
|Receiving||No.||Yds||TD||LG||Marshall||2||18||0||12||Avg. Gain Per Play||2.8||7.0|
|Robinson||7||93||0||38||Johnson||2||15||0||12||Fumbles: No. - Lost||1-1||4-4|
|G. Smith||3||58||0||27||Capers||2||3||0||5||Penalties: No. - Yds.||6-49||6-50|
|Scott||3||18||0||9||Joiner||1||25||0||25||No. of Punts - Yards||10-368||5-157|
|Jefferson||2||20||0||20||Haynes||1||1||0||1||Avg. Per Punt||36.8||31.4|
|Mills||1||39||0||39||Turner||1||0||0||0||Punt Returns: No. - Yds.||2-54||5-55|
|T. Phillips||1||23||0||23||Kickoff Returns: No. - Yds.||2-25||3-39|
|Smolko||1||15||0||15||Punting||No.||Yds||AVG||LG||In20||Interceptions: No. - Yds.||2-59||1-0|
|Perretta||1||5||0||5||Horne||8||274||34.2||44||1||Fumble Returns: No. - Yds.||0-0||1-8|
|Hunt||1||1||0||1||Returns||PR||KOR||INTR||3rd Down Conversion||3 of 16||7 of 14|
|Huggins||-||2-25||-||4th Down Conversion||0 of 1||1 of 1|
|Punting||No.||Yds||AVG||LG||In20||Capers||2-54||-||-||Sacks By: No. - Yds.||0-0||2-10|
|PSU PARTICIPANTS (61) - 1 A. Phillips, 2 Vendemia, 3 Ganter, 4 Gould, 5 Kanuch, 6 D. Johnson, 7 Mills, 8 Kinlaw, 9 T. Phillips, 10 Lowry, 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, 39 Jefferson, 40 Connor, 41 Paxson, 43 Kilmer, 44 Hall, 45 Bedics, 47 Gilmore, 49 Ream, 50 Richardson, 54 Purcell, 55 Rice, 56 Sothern, 59 Rush, 65 Price, 66 Antolick, 67 L. Brown, 68 Wilson, 71 Farris, 74 Reed, 77 EZ Smith, 78 Shaw, 81 Smolko, 82 Surma, 83 R. Scott, 85 Alford, 87 Bronson, 89 Lyons, 91 Hali, 92 E. Johnson, 94 Wake.|
|Returns||PR||KOR||INTR||Field Goal Attempts|
|Field Goal Attempts||Bray||4-1-5||1.0-1||-||-||-||-|