The first moments of the game were topsy-turvey. After a 9-yard pickup by RB Evan Royster, QB Daryll Clark rolled left and got the ball knocked out, allowing Syracuse to recover. On the first Orange play a lateral toss turned into a fumble, recovered by PSU.
The next play saw a 55-yard touchdown pass from Clark to WR Jordan Norwood, thanks to a nice cross-field cut by the senior wideout.
Penn State 7 Syracuse 0
After a three and out, Syracuse ran over Derrick Williams on a fair catch, giving PSU great field position at the Orange 44.
Later, on third and 17, Clark delivered a key first down pass to Norwood, keeping the drive alive. With a heavy dose of Royster and some instrumental third-down conversions, PSU scored again on a 17-yard pass to WR Deon Butler.
Penn State 14 Syracuse 0
The Lion defense forced another three and out for the Orange.
Penn State marched straight down on another sustained drive getting to the one-yard line on an acrobatic leap by Williams before FB Dan Lawlor punched it in for a score.
Penn State 21 Syracuse 0
Defense forced another 'Cuse three and out, deja vu.
On the next possession PSU punts for the first time of the day.
PSU got the ball back, this time in backup QB Pat Devlin's hands. After a smooth 31-yard Royster run, Devlin hit Butler for a 15-yard touchdown.
Penn State 28 Syracuse 0
Syracuse managed to pick up its first first down of the game on the ensuing drive. From there the Orange started to mount a drive, but got stuffed on third and short. They converted on fourth and short on a play action pass to the wing.
However, they had to settle for a field goal.
Penn State 28 Syracuse 3
The Lions put together another drive behind Devlin, who got the ball to Graham Zug, Brett Brackett and Stephfon Green. The Lions even pulled out a play from their bag of tricks, with a toss from Norwood to Butler that didn't get there.
On the next play, Devlin hit a wide open Norwood for yet another touchdown score.
Penn State 35 Syracuse 3
Paterno and his staff tried to preserve some clock with about two minutes left, which blew up on them when Anthony Scirrotto fumbled the ensuing punt return. Syracuse capitalized with a field goal.
Penn State 35 Syracuse 6
On the next drive, PSU closed out the half with a 52-yard Kevin Kelly field goal.
Penn State 38 Syracuse 6
FIRST HALF STATS
First Downs: PSU 19 SU 3
Total Yards: PSU 393 SU 42
Passing Yards: PSU 256 SU 38
Rushing Yards: PSU 137 SU 4
Total Plays: PSU 49 SU 29
Penalties: PSU 4/31 SU 1/15
Turnovers: PSU 2 SU 1
TOP: PSU 17:37 SU 12:23
KEY PSU PLAYERS
Clark: 9/18, 156 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Devlin: 7/9, 100 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Royster: 10 carries, 92 yards
Green: 5 carries, 23 yards
Norwood: 5 catches, 113 yards, 2 TDs
Butler: 7 catches, 110 yards, 2 TDs
Another three and out resulted in SU downing its punt at the PSU 1-yard line. The Lions managed to get some movement, but had to punt.
On the next drive Green scored on a 2-yard drive.
Penn State 45 Syracuse 6
Green was flagged for celebrating his score and PSU lost 15 yards on the kickoff. The Orange turned it into great field position. Playing primarily against backups, Syracuse QB Cam Dantley guided his crew down the field. He hit Vonte Davis or a short score.
Penn State 45, Syracuse 13
Chaz Powell returned the ensuing kickoff to the Syracuse 29. By this time, PSU had its second-team offensive line in. The drive stalled at the 26. Backup kicker Collin Wagner salvaged things with a 43-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.
Penn State 48, Syracuse 13
By the start of the final quarter, the dome was half empty.
Lions close it out with another touchdown. This one is finally over.
Penn State 55, Syracuse 13
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