Apparently, Mother Nature wanted to make herself known at Beaver Stadium today. Rain has been in the area all day and it looks like it will be around for the duration of the game. Fortunately for Penn State fans, the weather did not seem to bother the Nittany Lions as the half went on. After starting slow, the Nittany Lions scored first for the first time this season and now hold a 14-0 lead at halftime.
The weather played a role in the slow start, as players were trying to get their footing and hold onto a slick ball. The Nittany Lions put together an impressive scoring drive late in the first quarter, ending with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to Bill Belton. The scoring play was set up by a some excellent down-field passing by Hackenberg.
That scoring drive was followed by another score on the next Penn State possession. After the defense forced a Kent State punt, the Nittany Lions marched 82 yards in 10 plays and put seven more points on the board when Zach Zwinak scored his sixth touchdown of the season from two yards out. The drive was highlighted by a 28-yard scamper by Bill Belton.
In the half, Hackenberg completed 11 of 21 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. Belton led all rushers with 57 yards while Allen Robinson paced the wide receivers with three receptions for 43 yards.
On defense, the Nittany Lions seem to have put the problems that plagued them last week away. Penn State struggled to get off the field on third down last week, but that has not been the case so far today. The Golden Flashes were forced to punt four times after missing a field goal on their first position. Penn State held Kent State to 101 yards of total offense, including just 18 on the ground, in the half.
With the weather conditions being what they are, there was some decent football played in the first half. It doesn’t look like the rain is going anywhere, so that’s something that will have to be dealt with further in the second half. Look for the Penn State defense to continue to control the game and make things difficult for the Golden Flashes.
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