College Football

more stats

NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Penn State



(Saturday, November 16)

Final Score: Penn State 45, Purdue 21

University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Zwinak ran for 149 yards and tied a career high with three rushing touchdowns, as the Penn State Nittany Lions cruised to a 45-21 win over the Purdue Boilermakers in Big Ten Conference play at Beaver Stadium.

Bill Belton added 81 rushing yards and a score for the Nittany Lions (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten), who have not lost back-to-back games under coach Bill O'Brien since last year's 0-2 start. Christian Hackenberg completed 16-of-23 passes for 212 yards and accounted for two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and one interception.

The Boilermakers (1-9, 0-6) suffered their seventh consecutive loss, thanks mostly to a leaky defense and three turnovers on offense. Quarterback Danny Etling was 21-of-33 for 223 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked six times, while Purdue's offensive line paved the way for only 41 team rushing yards on 20 attempts (2.0 ypc).

Penn State opened the game with a 13-play, 75-yard drive, which Belton finished off with a five-yard touchdown run to stake the Nittany Lions an early 7-0 lead.

Later in the opening frame, Zwinak capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a one- yard touchdown plunge to make it a 14-0 game.

Purdue got on the scoreboard at the 13:48 mark of the second quarter, when Etling found Justin Sinz for a two-yard scoring strike.

However, PSU answered right back with two more touchdowns. Zwinak scored on another one-yard run with 9:35 to play in the half, and Hackenberg pushed the lead to 28-7 on an eight-yard TD pass to Adam Breneman with just over a minute remaining in the second quarter.

But the Boilermakers would not go into the locker room quietly, as Raheem Mostert returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to the house, trimming the margin to 28-14.

Etling made it a 28-21 game on an 11-yard TD scamper to finish off the opening drive of the second half.

Following a 29-yard field goal by PSU kicker Sam Ficken, the Nittany Lions extended their lead to 38-21 on the third rushing touchdown of the day by Zwinak, this time from five yards out with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter.

Hackenberg tacked on a four-yard rushing TD in the fourth quarter to seal Penn State's seventh straight win in the head-to-head series.

Zwinak now has 12 rushing TDs on the year, the first Penn State player since 2008 to rush for double-digit touchdowns in a season. Wideout Allen Robinson finished with eight catches for 98 yards and broke his own Nittany Lions single-season receptions record.

11/16 16:23:34 ET

Other Stories

  • NASL: RailHawks vs. Ft. Lauderdale

    Today at 7:30 am on WRAL-2

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Atlanta Braves at NY Mets

    Tonight at 7:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Tomorrow at 7:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
Final
TAM 11
NYY 5
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
Final
TEX 12
CWS 0
Final
KAN 5
MIN 0
Final
COL 12
PHI 1
7th
OAK 10
HOU 3
 
8th
LOS 1
ARI 1
 
Final
SDP 2
SFG 1
 
1:05pm Today
WAS
STL
 
1:05pm Today
CLE
TOR
 
1:08pm Today
DET
ANA
 
1:35pm Today
BOS
BAL
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
COL
PHI
 
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
 
12:30pm Today
TOR
BRK
3:30pm Today
LAC
GSW
7:00pm Tonight
IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
Final
ANA 3
DAL 2
 
3:00pm Today
STL
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR