Robert Bolden emerged from the bus to overwhelming cheers as he prepared to lead the Lions as a true freshman.
After Penn State deferred the opening possession, Youngstown State went 3 and out, however the Nittany Lions followed with their own 3 and out.
Following a short drive by Youngstown State, PSU began a drive. Aided by a roughing the passer call, and a pass from Bolden to Brackett over the middle, the Lions moved into field goal range, and Collin Wagner drew first blood. PSU 3, YSU 0.
On the following drive, Youngstown State appeared to be bottled up after two short carries and a false start penalty, but Dominique Barnes hauled in an 80 yard touchdown reception to give the Penguins the lead. PSU 3, YSU 7.
As the second quarter opened up, Penn State's drive stalled, but Collin Wagner nailed a 49 yard field goal to cut the deficit to 1. PSU 6, YSU 7.
After stopping a YSU drive, Penn State moved to midfield, before Bolden was intercepted. The Penguins picked up a first down, but Penn State stopped the drive on downs at the 30. The Nittany Lions drove 70 yards for a touchdown capped by a Bolden touchdown pass to Brackett. PSU 13, YSU 7.
The Nittany Lion defense held once again, and a quick drive led by Bolden resulted in a 48 yard field goal from Wagner to end the half. PSU 16, YSU 7.
Chaz Powell returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a quick 100 yard touchdown. PSU 23, YSU 7.
Following a 3 and out by the Penguins, Bolden went back to work, driving the Lions with a combination of passes and Royster runs to paydirt, capped by Brackett's second touchdown reception of the game. PSU 30, YSU 7.
After surrendering a pair of first downs, the Lion defense stiffened and stifled the Penguin drive on the strength of a sack by Nate Stupar. The Lions took over from their own 17 after the YSU punt rolled out of bounds.
The Lions mixed run and pass to drive inside the 10 yard line, in a drive capped by a burst up the middle from Stephfon Green to extend the Penn State lead. PSU 37, YSU 7.
Youngstown State was unable to move on their next posession, and a short punt sailed out of bounds near midfield. Kevin Newsome took over the Penn State offense, along with Silas Redd, and most of the second team. Redd showed some good moves on his first carry for 13 yards, and Newsome called his own number to finish the drive in the end zone. PSU 44, YSU 7.
The Penguins fared better against the Nittany Lion reserves. After Fera booted a kickoff through the endzone, Youngstown State drove 80 yards for the game's final touchdown. PSU 44, YSU 14.