Penn State Trips Up UMass 48-7

The Lions dominated on the ground, through the air and on defense in easy win.

Fourth Quarter

UMass gets on the scoreboard with a 77-yard pass play from Blake Frohnapfel to Tajae Sharp early in the quarter. But from there, the PSU offense milks the clock and the defense plays well in spurts as the Lions cruise to 4-0 on the season.

Penn State out gained UMass 464 to 266. The Minutemen (0-4) finished with a net of three rushing yards.

Third Quarter

Penn State's offense kept clicking in the third quarter, even with Christian Hackenberg on the sideline for some of it.

The Lions lead 48-0 at the end of three. They added to their halftime lead with an Akeel Lynch 15-yard run and a 11-yard pass from backup D.J. Crook to tight end Brent Wilkerson. It was the first touchdown for both in blue and white.

PSU has a 418-131 total yards advantage with 15 minutes to play.


Penn State leads 34-0 after 30 minutes of play in Beaver Stadium.

The Lions scored 28 points in the second quarter, as Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak each recorded two rushing touchdowns in the frame. Belton scored from 24 and 20 yards, respectively, while Zwinak scampered in from five and one.

Little has gone right for UMass, who has just 111 total yards at the half. The Minutemen are 1-for-6 on third down, have had the ball for roughly five minutes less than Penn State, and have yet to enter PSU's redzone. Or get anywhere near it.

PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg is 11 of 22 for 166 yards at the half. Belton had 76 yards on seven carries, Akeel Lynch 50 on two, and Zwinak 28 on nine.

The Lions have a 315-111 yards advantage at the half. UMass has been held to just 14 rushing yards, and has a turnover thanks to a Mike Hull forced fumble.

First Quarter

Penn State leads Massachusetts 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. It has Sam Ficken to thank for that.

The kicker connected from 42 and 40 yards, respectively, to stake the Lions to an early lead. It comes on a day where Christian Hackenberg has not been particularly effective. He is 4 of 11 for 32 yards and has struggled to find a groove.

UMass, on the other hand, saw Matthew Wiley push his first career kick, a 39-yarder, wide right on its opening drive. Penn State is outgaining UMass 101-73, and has five first downs to the Minutmen's four.


Penn State has arrived at Beaver Stadium for its 4 p.m. kick with visiting Massachusetts.

The Lions are hoping to improve to 4-0 in their last non-conference tilt in September.

This post will be updated quarter-by-quarter.

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