UC GAME: PSU Finds Air Attack

With a fast start out of the gate thanks to an Alan Zemaitis interception on Cincinnati's opening drive, the Nittany Lions jumped out to a quick lead. However, Penn State had fans guessing what kind of team it is, showing shades of struggles and flashes of brillance throughout. After some mid-game struggles the Lions found their air attack, rolling up 245 yards of passing.

Michael Robinson had his share of early disappoinments and late impressive plays against the Bearcats. Once again he fumbled, stalling a drive on the Cincinnati 24-yard line, mirroring his fumble last week on the USF 12-yard line. Coupled with an interception, his ball protection abilities remain a focal point of improvement.

However, he bounced back nicely, showing poise and comfort along with the ability to toss the long ball, hitting true freshmen Justin King and Derrick Williams on consecutive attempts. King pulled in a 59-yard rocket for a touchdown while Williams roped in a 41-yard toss, taking it to the Bearcats' 6-yard line.

Redshirt freshman Deon Butler also got in the action, pulling in a 27-yard toss initially and then grabbing a 45-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown.

Robinson ended up with 220 yards passing, 62 yards rushing, and three passing and one rushing touchdown, with one interception.

The ground game ended up with 148 yards, with Robinson (62 yards) and Tony Hunt (44 yards) leading the charge. Austin Scott saw some action as well, scoring on a short touchdown run and rolling up 32 yards on 10 carries.

The defense continued to play its "bend-but-don't-break approach," surrendering 329 yards through the air. Although Penn State's front four applied consistent pocket pressure and managed to flush Dustin Grutza early and often, he showed impressive poise, making plays out of breakdown situations.

The key to the defense's success was its shutdown of the Cincinnati running game, allowing only 31 yards on the ground.

Anthony Morelli stepped in for a time the fourth quarter, assembling a nice 52-yard drive, going 4-5 through the air (80 percent), for 25 yards and scoring the final touchdown on the ground.

Penn State is now 2-0 as it prepares for its final non-conference game of the 2005 season against Central Michigan at Beaver Stadium next Saturday.

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