Looking at Penn State's 48-7 win over UMass through the numbers.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The Nittany Lions had 23 first downs in the game. How balanced were they? There were 11 on rushing plays, 11 on passing plays and one on a penalty. Prior to Saturday, PSU had not had more than seven rushing first downs in a game this season.
RUNNING IN PLACE
The Minutemen managed a grand total of three rushing yards in the game. They gained 59, but were thrown for 56 yards in losses. Opponents have now rushed for a total of 198 yards on the season vs. PSU, averaging 1.75 yards per attempt.
HOLD ON TIGHT
Penn State did not commit a turnover for the first time this season. Even more impressive: on 77 offensive plays, the Lions did not fumble once. They did not fumble on special teams, either.
With a 34-0 lead at the half, the Nittany Lions slapped a sleeper hold on the Minutemen. PSU controlled time of possession 20:49 to 9:11 in the final 30 minutes, with better than 10 minutes of ball control in each of the final two quarters.
Penn State made six trips into the red zone vs. UMass. The Lions scored each time, with five touchdowns and one field goal.
A STRING OF SCORES
After being forced to punt on its first possession, State's next seven possessions went like this: field goal, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown.
IN THE LONG RUN
AT A LOSS
Penn State had 10 tackles for loss in the game. The amazing part? They were made by 10 different players. Backup LB Gary Wooten (1.5) was the only Lion with more than one.
Penn State scored 34 points in the first half Saturday. In the three previous games, the Lions had scored a total of 17 points in the opening halves.
With a big lead (48-0) through three quarters, State took its foot off the gas. The Lions did not score in the fourth quarter for the first time this season.
This may have been a ho-hum game for Hackenberg. But with 1,261 passing yards this season, he now has 4,216 for his career. So after only 16 games, the sophomore ranks No. 10 on State's CAREER passing list.