CMU: Big Plays Lead Lions to 40-3 Win

The Nittany Lion defense played inspired football, while the offense showed off the air attack for the second consecutive week, led by freshmen wide receivers Deon Butler and Derrick Williams, and senior quarterback Michael Robinson. Though the offense had 519 yards it also had three turnovers (two fumbles and one interception).

Though the Lions' offense once again started off slowly, it found its groove quickly and rolled up 26 points heading into halftime.

Michael Robinson hit running back Tony Hunt off the bat for a 28 yard reception on his way to a 14 for 23 (61 percent), 274 yard, three touchdowns and one interception performance. The Nittany Lion offensive staff allowed Robinson to pick apart Central Michigan through the air, rushing him only five times for 13 yards and one touchdown.

Deon Butler led the receivers with five receptions for 108 yards (21.6 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. His performance featured another big play for 54 yards, which this time ended up in the end zone. Derrick Williams ended up with two pull-ins for 47 yards. Terrell Golden also finally got into the action with a long 47-yard reception which resulted in a touchdown as well.

Other receivers seeing action were Jordan Norwood, who pulled in three passes for 17 yards, Brendan Perretta, who also caught three passes for 32 yards, and Ethan Kilmer, who had two grabs for 64 yards and a 55-yard touchdown from Anthony Morelli.

On the ground, Hunt led the charge with 78 yards on 10 carries (7.8 yards per carry), busting open a 39-yard run on the first drive. Austin Scott saw limited action, picking up 15 yards on four carries (3.8 yards per carry).

On the defensive side of the ball linebacker Tim Shaw had a career day with 10 tackles (eight unassisted) and two sacks.

The defense snuffed out the Chippewa ground game with a net -14 yards. The secondary contained CMU quarterback Kent Smith to a mere 143 yards despite going 23 for 36 (64 percent).

Anwar Phillips ended up with six unassisted tackles and Alan Zemaitis picked up three. Penn State played nickel coverage extensively with both Phillips and Paul Cronin, who played aggressively and ended up with four tackles and a forced fumble.

In terms of special teams Kevin Kelly booted seven kickoffs, two of which were touchbacks. He also made two field goals, but kicked his first attempt wide left. He also went four for four on PATs.

Punter Jeremy Kapinos had four punts for 146 yards with two inside the 20-yard line.

Next the Lions head into Big Ten play, clashing with Northwestern in Evanston next Saturday.

Sidenotes:

Thanks to the dominance PSU showed on both sides of the ball, several backups saw significant playing time in this contenst.

Morelli captained the offense midway through the third through the fourth quarter, going 8 for 13 (62 percent) for 107 yards and featuring a long 55-yard touchdown strike to Kilmer. Paul Cianciolo also saw reps at quarterbacks in the latter parts of the fourth quarter

A.Q. Shipley saw significant time at the guard position while Mike Lucian saw time at defensive tackle.

Joe Cianciolo, J.R. Zwierzynski and Dontey Brown all saw time within the linebacker unit in the late goings of the game.

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