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Playing their first I-AA opponent in 22 years, the Nittany Lions didn't take Youngstown State lightly, inserting a fairly conservative game plan early on, which had PSU scoreless until 9:51 in the second quarter when Kevin Kelly cracked a 49-yard field goal.

Despite the 37-3 victory, Penn State football revealed that they still have several areas of play that need significant improvement heading into the Big Ten portion of the schedule.

One of the biggest weak points was with the kicking game. Although the unit saw a new snapper with Patrick Weber and new holder with Kevin Suhey, Kevin Kelly only hit three of his six field goal attempts.

PSU focused on the run early and often with running back Tony Hunt rushing for 143 yards on 18 carries (7.9 YPC) and scoring a touchdown. Derrick Williams, Rodney Kinlaw and A.J. Wallace combined for 218 yards, but it was Wallace who sparked the momentum for PSU thanks to a 76 yard run which went for a touchdown.

In terms of the passing game, Anthony Morelli went 11 for 27 for 154 yards and no touchdowns. Morelli once again spread the ball around to a variety of players, hitting six receivers with Matt Hahn leading all receivers with 33 yards on passes from Morelli.

On the defensive side of the ball, Penn State played a relatively aggressive scheme, which led to two forced fumbles by Jay Alford and Donnie Johnson, one of which was recovered by PSU. With all eyes on Paul Posluszny, the senior captain led all tacklers with eight take downs and was instrumental in forcing Youngstown State's QB, Tom Zetts, to toss an interception to Anthony Scirrotto which he returned for 28 yards.

Several true freshmen saw action in this game, including Jared Odrick, Maurice Evans, A.J. Wallace, Chris Bell and Andrew Quarless.

Stay tuned to FightOnState.com for complete coverage of Penn State's win over YSU and their preparations for next week's clash against Ohio State in Columbus.


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