PU -- Sam McCartney 21-yard field goal, 12:59. Drive: 7 plays, 49 yards, 2:01. Analysis: The shutout streak is over as Penn State surrenders a score in the first quarter for the first time all season. But barely. Purdue is thinking touchdown after Akeem Hunt takes the opening kickoff 47 yards to midfield. Fellow tailback Akeem Shavers then rips off a 37-yard run down the left sideline to set up a first-and-goal at the 4. The defense holds strong from there and nearly keeps the streak alive as Jake Fagnano nearly comes up with an interception in the end zone. McCartney's sharp-angle kick connects solidly with the inside of the left upright and careens through for three points. PURDUE 3, PENN STATE 0.
PSU -- Sam Ficken 27-yard field goal, 6:03. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 2:32. Analysis: Penn State's defense comes up with a big play and the Nittany Lions turn it into a field goal to tie things up. Deion Barnes forces his third fumble of the season, punching the ball loose from Shavers and Malcolm Willis is there for the recovery at the Penn State 43. Zach Zwinak, getting the start at tailback, gets things going for the Lions offense out of the team's no-huddle NASCAR look. But things stall in the red zone, bringing out Ficken, a native of nearby Valparaiso, Ind., for a 27-yard field goal. After a brutal start to the season, it's the fourth successful kick for Ficken in his last five attempts. PU 3, PSU 3.
PSU -- Michael Zordich 6-yard run (Ficken kick), 3:53. Drive: 2 plays, 48 yards, 0:25. Analysis: Zordich has himself a season highlight and Penn State has itself a lead. Lined up at tailback on Penn State's third drive, the senior hits a big hole on the left side. Purdue Safety Max Charlot flies up to him, but the 240-pound fullback-by-trade throws a stutter-step to his right to send Charlot flying past him. Zordich accelerates and runs over Sean Robinson at the goal line for the touchdown. The play was set up by a deep toss from Matt McGloin to Brandon Moseby-Felder for 42 yards. PSU 10, PU 3.
PSU -- Ficken 24-yard field goal, 3:47. Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards, 2:20. Analysis: The Lions are playing the game without tight end Kyle Carter, the team's second leading receiver, but are still productive in the passing game. Carter's replacement, true freshman Jesse James, lines up at fullback as Carter does from time-to-time and slips open for a 35-yard gain. Top target Allen Robinson then pulls in a leaping 27-yard catch over cornerback Josh Johnson to set up the red zone opportunity. But things stall from there and Ficken comes on and connects on his second field goal of the game, the first time in his career he has done so. PSU 13, PU 3.
PSU -- Zordich 5-yard run (Ficken kick), 1:16. Drive: 5 plays, 55 yards, 0:42. Analysis: Penn State needs little time to take control of this one before halftime, spurred on by another deep catch by Moseby-Felder, this time for 31 yards. The play gives him a career-high in yardage for a single game. Zordich continues to look comfortable getting the ball, picking up big yards on third-and-1 before crashing into the end zone once again for the score. PSU 20, PU 3.
PSU -- Jesse James 12-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Ficken kick), 12:19. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:41. Analysis: No let-up for the Lions on the first possession of the second half on a methodical 80-yard march. Once again it's James filling in nicely for Carter, hauling in a simple out from McGloin. The 6-foot-7 rookie shrugs off an arm tackle attempt by safety Taylor Richards and is able to walk into the end zone from there for his third score of the season. PSU 27, PU 3.
PSU -- Brandon Moseby-Felder 41-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 8:28. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:12. Analysis: The game is already over at this point but Penn State is taking no chances, scoring again on its next drive. The Lions have had some issues with the deep ball this season, but this one is textbook as Moseby-Felder beats his man cleanly and McGloin hits him in stride for the score. It's the first career touchdown for the junior wideout from Maryland. For McGloin, it's career touchdown pass No. 40 -- one more than Kerry Collins had in blue and white. PSU 34, PU 3.
PU -- Antavian Edison 2-yard pass from Caleb TerBush, 0:00. Drive: 6 plays, 49 yards, 0:48. Analysis: After a pass interference flag against Penn State's backups, the Boilermakers finally find the end zone on the game's final play. Edison scores, the Purdue train whistle blows and the referee tells everyone to get off the field because the extra point is meaningless and the game is now over. Drive safely, folks. PSU 34, PU 9.
|Time of Possession||29:41||30:19|
RUSHING—Penn St., Zwinak 21-134, Zordich 11-33, McGloin 6-18. Purdue, Shavers 7-57, Bolden 6-35, TerBush 4-20, Edison 1-4, Hunt 4-1, Marve 2-(minus 13), Team 2-(minus 17).
PASSING—Penn St., McGloin 22-36-0-321, Bench 0-1-0-0. Purdue, Marve 22-39-0-138, TerBush 10-20-0-155, Henry 1-2-0-(minus 5), Team 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Penn St., Moseby-Felder 6-129, Robinson 5-58, James 3-49, Williams 2-22, Zwinak 2-15, Zordich 1-20, Lehman 1-12, Gilliam 1-8, Zanellato 1-8. Purdue, Edison 9-93, Bush 9-47, Henry 5-54, Macarthy 5-37, Holmes 2-14, Bolden 1-40, Cottom 1-5, Hunt 1-(minus 2).