Blue White Illustrated

UMass Postgame

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P O S T G A M E R E P O R T W E E K 4 P E N N S T A T E 4 8 , U M A S S 7 S E P T E m B E R 2 0 , 2 0 1 4 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O m THE GAME AT A GLANCE GOOD NEWSPenn State finally got its run game on track to the tune of 220 yards from a total of four different running backs. In addition to the 22 starters, 40 other Nittany Lions saw the field. That only bodes well for the future. BAD NEWS There wasn't much to com- plain about, but a late touchdown against the backup defense spoiled what could have been a shutout. THE TAKEAWAY Penn State did exactly what it was expected to do vs. the Minutemen – dismantle them from the first whistle to the last. Better yet, PSU walked away injury- free. Now the Nittany Lions enter the thick of their conference schedule with an un- blemished mark of 4- 0. They couldn't have asked for a much better scenario. 1 FOR THE SCORE Belton runs for one of his two touchdowns on the day. N A T E   B A U E R | N B A U E R @ B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O m Breaking free Nittany Lions run away from UMass and build record to 4-0 That D.J. Crook was playing in the third quarter was sign enough that things were going well for Penn State Saturday a?ernoon at Beaver Stadium. The fourth-string quarterback – technically speaking, as he's behind true freshmen Trace Mc- Sorley and Michael O'Connor, whose redshirts won't be burned for mop-up duty – found him- self leading the Nittany Lions' offense down the field late in the third quarter. Dominating visiting UMass 41-0, an 11-play drive was capped by Crook's first career touchdown pass – an 11- yarder to tight end Brent Wilkerson on a perfectly executed play fake. It pushed the Nittany Lions ahead 48-0 to round out the quarter. A 77-yard UMass TD pass to open the fourth dinged an otherwise spotless Penn State defen- sive effort, but for the 99,155 fans in attendance, the injury-free, business-like 48-7 victory was all Steve Manuel

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