|Date of game: 9/20/2014
Recap: Penn State vs. Massachusetts
University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Penn State Nittany Lions rushed for 228 yards and five touchdowns, as they took care of business against the Massachusetts Minutemen with a 48-7 non-conference win at Beaver Stadium.
Akeel Lynch (81 yards, TD), Bill Belton (76 yards, two TDs) and Zach Zwinak (28 yards, two TDs) were all busy in the ground game for PSU (4-0). Christian Hackenberg didn't need to do much under center, completing 12-of-23 passes for 179 yards. D.J. Crook saw snaps late in the game, throwing for 57 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-9 passing.
Blake Frohnapfel threw for 257 yards and a touchdown on just greater than 50 percent completions (17-of-33) for UMass (0-4). Marken Michel caught six balls for 104 yards, and Tajae Sharpe (four receptions, 99 yards, TD) was also impressive in the passing game.
The only scoring of the first quarter came on a pair of field goals by Sam Ficken (42, 40) to put PSU up 6-0.
The Nittany Lions pulled away in the second quarter, starting with a 24-yard touchdown run by Belton at the 10:11 mark.
Belton added another scoring rush less than three minutes later, this time from 20 yards out. PSU's potent ground game did not let up, as Zwinak ran in a pair of short touchdowns, a five-yarder and a one-yarder, as the Nittany Lions carried a comfortable 34-0 lead into the half.
The rout continued midway through the third quarter for PSU when Lynch capped off a 10-play, 72-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run.
Crook entered the game in the third quarter and tossed his first-career touchdown pass, an 11-yarder to Brent Wilkerson.
UMass finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter when Frohnapfel hooked up with Sharpe on a 77-yard touchdown pass.
Thanks in part to PSU sacking Frohnapfel three times, UMass finished with just three rushing yards.Game Notes