PENN STATE 34, KENT STATE 0
at Beaver Stadium, State College
Kent State`0`0`0`0 — 0
Penn State`7`7`7`13 — 34
Time of Possession`27:16`32:44
RUSHING — KSU, Durham 11-38, Calhoun 2-25, Meray 4-6, Fisher 1-(minus 6), Reardon 6-(minus 7). PSU, Lynch 14-123, Belton 13-90, Zwinak 15-65, Walker 4-10, Hackenberg 7-(minus 1).
PASSING — KSU, Reardon 12-28-1-100, Fisher 5-8-0-34. PSU, Hackenberg 13-35-1-176, Ferguson 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — KSU, Humphrey 5-47, Calhoun 3-12, Pierce 2-21, Goode 2-20, Boyle 2-18, Woods 1-7, Durham 1-5, Levandowski 1-4. PSU, Robinson 3-43, Felder 3-35, James 3-20, Carter 1-29, Breneman 1-27, Belton 1-15, Anderson 1-7.
PSU — Bill Belton 15-yard pass from Christian Hackenberg (Sam Ficken kick), 0:09. Drive: 9 plays, 87 yards, 3:39. Analysis: It’s a rainy, miserable day in State College and it shows with both teams putting a slippery ball on the ground in the opening quarter. Penn State struggles out of the gates once again and nearly has its first turnover on second-and-goal as Hackenberg simply loses his grip right at the back of his windup. Tackle Donovan Smith is there to save the day and fall on it at the 15. Hackenberg then comes up with his biggest third-down conversion of the young season, rifling one in to Belton on the left sideline. The tailback makes a tricky catch, tightropes the boundary and dives in for his second career receiving score. PENN STATE 7, KENT STATE 0.
PSU — Zach Zwinak 2-yard run (Ficken kick), 9:26. Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, 2:59. Analysis: Bill O’Brien’s rotation at running back is paying off and the Lions offense has shifted into gear in the rain. Bill Belton gives the unit a nice spark by showing off his acceleration on a cutback to the right sideline, picking up 28 yards. A face mask penalty moved it to the Kent 12-yard line. Zwinak then comes on to polish off the drive, bulldozing his way into the end zone for his sixth touchdown of the young season. PSU 14, KSU 0.
PSU — Zwinak 1-yard run (Ficken kick), 4:53. Drive: 9 plays. 51 yards, 2:55. Analysis: A mid-game malaise hits both teams, and it’s not all because of the rain. Neither offense looks sharp as the weather calms down as the second half begins. Hackenberg throws an interception at midfield to give the Flashes some life, but Ryan Keiser answers on the next play with his first career interception to settle things down. After trading punts, Belton helps get the Lions going with a few brisk runs and appears to score from 11 yards out. Instant replay overturns the touchdown, and Zwinak picks it up instead on the next play, diving over the pile. It’s Zwinak’s seventh TD in four games, topping his total from 2012. PENN STATE 21, KSU 0.
PSU — Ficken 25-yard field goal, 13:12. Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 3:26. Analysis: With Kent State down two defensive tackles to injury, the middle of the Flashes’ line is vulnerable. Redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch proves that point when he fires up a crease between the tackles and into the open field, gaining 43 yards before being dragged down from behind. Lynch’s legs drive the Lions to the 8-yard line, but a third-down fade pass to Allen Robinson is well-defended, bringing out the field goal unit for the first time. Ficken, who had his school-record streak snapped a week ago, gets to start a new one, comfortably connecting from short range. PENN STATE 24, KENT STATE 0.
PSU — Zwinak 1-yard run (Ficken kick), 6:42. Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards, 5:34. Analysis: Lynch continues to grind away Kent State along with the clock, setting a career high with 123 yards rushing. But he coughs it up deep in Kent territory, only to be bailed out by lineman Angelo Mangiro, who ripped it away from a defender at the bottom of the pile. Zwinak checks back in from there, converts a fourth-and-short, and then scores a third rushing touchdown for the second straight week. Rack up those fantasy points. PENN STATE 31, KENT STATE 0.
PSU — Ficken 54-yard field goal, 2:45. Drive: 6 plays, 10 yards, 2:59. Analysis: The defense makes a stop on fourth down to preserve Penn State’s second straight shutout of the Flashes. Tyler Ferguson and the second-team offense take over from there. But there’s one last footnote on this dreary afternoon as the Lions trot out Ficken for a 54-yarder. The junior continues his remarkable turnaround from last September by booting the fourth-longest kick in school history and the longest since 1979. Only Chris Bahr is above him, hitting three 55-yarders during his All-America career. PENN STATE 34, KENT STATE 0.