EMU: Game Quickcap

After an early stumble, Penn State got back on track and rolled to what was an impressive 45-7 home win over Eastern Michigan on a variety of levels.

Eastern Michigan opened up with a 7-0 lead, capitalizing on an 11-yard fumble touchdown return. Penn State managed to recover nicely rolling up 45 unanswered points to what ended up a 45-7 victory over the Eagles to open up the season home slate in Beaver Stadium.

On the day Christian Hackenberg set a freshman single-game passing record with 311 yards, going 23 for 33 with one touchdown and one interception. The ball got passed to a wide array of targets, 10 in all, with Allen Robinson leading the charge with 129 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown catch.

After an opener against Syracuse that saw a lackluster showing by the ground game, Penn State's rushing attack boasted two runners who eclipsed the 100-yard mark. Akeel Lynch and Bill Belton each hit 108 yards with Lynch scoring once and Belton braking into the end zone twice. What may be more impressive is that Lynch averaged 8.3 yards per carry and Belton had 12 yards per carry.

Penn State's offensive line deserves a hearty pat on the back for their performance, paving the way for 574 total yards.

Defensively, the Lions fierce for much of the game. EMU had only 11 first downs and managed to convert a mere three of 16 third down attempts. On the ground, PSU shut down EMU to 61 total rushing yards, allowing only 1.7 yards per carry. Through the air the Eagles passed for 122 yards, but only 4.4 yards per pass.

Penn State moves to 2-0 on the season, setting their sights on Central Florida at home next week.


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