STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Tony Hunt rushed for three touchdowns,
leading Penn State to a 37-13 victory over Central Florida on
The Nittany Lions (2-1) overcame a dismal offensive performance
that included six turnovers by Zack Mills -- four fumbles and two
interceptions. Only Hunt's consistent running and an equally poor
showing by UCF (0-3) spared Penn State.
Hunt's first touchdown, a 4-yard run in the second quarter, gave
Penn State the lead. On his second, a 26-yard run, he started left,
then cut back to the right, spun around a defender and dived past
two more into the end zone, making it 14-3.
Jon Bronson, a former defensive end, made his first career catch
for a 1-yard touchdown and a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter.
But when Mills' pass bounced off Terrance Phillips' chest, Mike
Walker returned his second interception of the game 59 yards to set
up Matt Prater's last-second, 22-yard field goal. That made it 21-6
Tavaris Capers fumbled a punt return on UCF's 2-yard line, and
Calvin Lowry recovered for Penn State. But Mills fumbled the snap
on Penn State's first play, and Stanford Rhule recovered for the
Four plays later, UCF punter Aaron Horne let the snap sail
through his hands and out the back of the end zone for a safety and
a 23-6 Penn State lead.
Hunt scored his third touchdown on a 33-yard run up the middle
late in the third.
Capers made up for his mistake in the fourth quarter, slipping
past four would-be tacklers on a 54-yard punt return, bringing UCF
Hunt finished with 125 yards rushing, and Mills completed 19 of
29 passes for 229 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Mistakes put Penn State behind in the first quarter. On their
first drive, the Nittany Lions got to the UCF 13 before Mills
fumbled. Later, a 6-yard punt by Jeremy Kapinos gave the Golden
Knights a short field, setting up a 33-yard field goal by Prater
for a 3-0 lead.