Quick-cap: PSU "Hunt" Successful

Nothing seems easy for this Penn State team. Leading 12-0 with 3:30 left and deep in Purdue territory, BranDon Snow fumbled on a first down run, giving the Boilers life. Yet despite several such miscues, the Lions dominated the fourth-ranked Purdue offense, pitching a shutout. In fact, the most excitement Purdue showed was a last second hook-and-ladder, ulimately intercepted by Josh Gaines.

Averging 309.6 yards passing this season, which ranks it fourth in the nation, many expected Purdue's offense to put up glitzy stats and points Saturday. However, the Penn State defense limited the Boilermakers to a mere 211 yards, 176 of which were through the air.

PSU improved to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten with the win, and became bowl eligible for the second straight season. Purdue fell to 5-4 and 3-3.

On defense, Dan Connor led the way with 11 tackles and a key interception to snuff out an early Purdue drive. Paul Posluszny had eight tackles and is now only 10 away from the Penn State all-time mark. Sean Lee had seven take-downs and a sack.

In fact, Penn State sacked Curtis Painter three times and applied pressure on him throughout the contest. Jay Alford had two of PSU's sacks. Painter gave up two key interceptions, one each to Conor and Anthony Scirrotto.

Offensively, Tony Hunt was a machine for the Nittany Lions, rushing for 140 yards on 30 carries and scoring the only touchdown of the game. He also had two recpetions for 36 yards. QB Anthony Morelli ended up 14 of 31 on the day among swirling winds for 182 yards.

Jordan Norwood led all PSU receivers with 58 yards on two catches. Andrew Quarless had three catches for 36 yards.


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