The Penn State Nittany Lions came out on top in a bounce-back game over the Purdue Boilermakerrs. The Nittany Lions played a solid game on both sides of the ball and defeated the Boilermakers 45-21 while racking up 501 yards of total offense. On a beautiful day in Happy Valley, the Beaver Stadium crowd was sent home happy for the fifth time this season as the Nittany Lions ran all over the Boilermakers.
Penn State dominated the stat sheet and took advantage of a Purdue team that has now lost eight straight games.
The ground game led the way for the Nittany Lions in this one. Penn State amassed 260 yards on the ground behind running backs Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak. Belton carried 19 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Zwinak carried the ball 26 times for 149 yards and scored three touchdowns.
This was the third game of the season in which Zwinak scored three times on the ground.
Due to the success of the run game, the Nittany Lions did not need to rely on anything through the air. Christian Hackenberg only threw the ball 23 times. He completed 16 passes for a total of 212 yards and a touchdown. The freshman also added a rushing touchdown.
After being talked about negatively for much of the year, the Penn State defense stepped up it’s game in this one. Aside from a few big plays, the Boilermakers were unable to do much against the Nittany Lions. The defense allowed just 264 total yards and just 41 rushing yards.
The Nittany Lions recorded six sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Adrian Amos led the way on defense with eight total tackles and one-and-a-half sacks. Jordan Lucas had the interception.
Purdue quarterback Danny Etling was the lone bright spot for the Boilermakers, throwing for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also added a score on the ground.
Penn State freshman tight end Adam Breneman had his first career touchdown in the first half. Wide receiver Allen Robinson moved up to a tie for third with Derrick Williams on the Penn State’s career list for receptions. He made eight in the game and now has 161 during his Penn State career.
The Nittany Lions wrap up their home season next week when the Nebraska Cornhuskers come to Beaver Stadium.
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