PURDUE: PSU Gets Scrappy 20-6 Win

Get a recap, stas, rundown of big plays and more from Penn State's road victory over the Boilermakers.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No. 6 Penn State is at Purdue Saturday, looking to improve to 6-0 on the season. We'll have updates here before, during and after the game.

PREGAME NOTES

• Nittany Lion receiver Jordan Norwood, who missed last week's win over Ilinois with a hamstring injury, is warming up and appears as if he's ready to play.

• Penn State coach Joe Paterno, still dealing with a sore right knee, went out on the field before the game but was moving very slowly. There is a golf cart right outside of the PSU locker room, presumably on the ready to get Paterno to the press box elevator.

• Paterno just got off the press box elevator and will be coaching from upstairs.

FIRST QUARTER

Penn State snuffed out Purdue's initial drive thanks to a swarming defensive effort. On the next drive PSU was shut down on third and short.

On the next drive, after some Boiler success, PSU snuffed things out on a coverage sack of Curtis Painter on third and short.

Penn State had another drive snuffed out, giving Purdue a short field on the ensuing punt.

Norwood did not play. It was obvious he was being held out of action.

SECOND QUARTER

Purdue missed a field goal wide right. Penn State finally woke up on its next drive, marching 70 yards and scoring on a 1-yard sneak by Daryll Clark.

Penn State 7 Purdue 0

Purdue drove back down to the 19 ... and missed another field goal, this one wide left.

Penn State marched down 72 yards despite slip sliding and ended it with a Kevin Kelly field goal.

Penn State 10 Purdue 0

HALFTIME STATS
First Downs: PSU 11 PU 8
Total Yards: PSU 196 PU 107
Rushing Yards: PSU 80 PU 35
Passing Yards: PSU 116 PU 72
Total Plays: PSU 31 PU 34
Penalties: PSU 2/11 PU 0/0
Turnovers: PSU 0 PU: 0
TOP: PSU 14:55 PU: 15:05

KEY PLAYERS
Clark: 11/15, 116 yds, 3 carries, 10 yards 1 TD
Royster: 8 carries, 63 yards, 2 catches, 20 yards
Williams: 4 catches, 33 yards, 4 carries, 7 yards
Brackett: 2 catches, 31 yards

THIRD QUARTER

Penn State opened the third marching again, but was forced to punt after Clark hit Derrick Williams on an out-of-bounds catch. PSU then forced Purdue three and out and marched back down the field on the legs of Evan Royster and Williams.

On a third-and-17, Clark hit Deon Butler on an Engram-esque toe-drag sideline grab. On the next snap Royster got into the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown scamper.

Penn State 17 Purdue 0

Penn State got the ball back and unleashed Stephfon Green, who ripped up multiple big runs. But the Lions were forced to punt again, pinning Purdue inside the 10.

FOURTH QUARTER

Although Purdue was "one big play away from making it a two possession game," according to the talking heads, Drew Astorino dashed those hopes with a big interception and return.

Penn State got down to the Boilers' goal line, running an option toss, but Williams again slipped. Kelly booted the field goal.

Penn State 20 Purdue 0

Painter was pulled in favor of Joey Elliot, who led a 14-play, 82-yard TD drive that ate up 6:38. Kory Sheets scored from a yard out to make it 20-6, and Chris Summers missed the extra point.

The Lions got the ball back with 6:28 left and ran out the clock.

FINAL STATS
First Downs: PSU 24 PU 16
Total Yards: PSU 422 PU 241
Rushing Yards: PSU 202 PU 83
Passing Yards: PSU 220 PU 158
Total Plays: PSU 68 PU 62
Penalties: PSU 4/30 PU 1/10
Turnovers: PSU 0 PU: 0
TOP: PSU 32:48 PU: 27:12

KEY PLAYERS
Clark: 18/26, 220 yds, 3 carries, 10 yards 1 TD
Royster: 18 carries, 141 yards, 1 TD, 3 catches, 43 yards
Williams: 5 catches, 52 yards, 4 carries, 7 yards
Butler: 3 catches, 39 yards
Zug: 2 catches, 39 yards
Brackett: 2 catches, 31 yards

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