STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Michael Robinson threw three touchdown
passes and ran for another to lead a well-balanced attack that
supported a swarming defense, and Penn State routed Central
Michigan 40-3 on Saturday.
Penn State (3-0) showed an aerial attack that had rarely been on
display at Beaver Stadium as the Nittany Lions limped to losing
record in four out of the last five season.
Robinson was 14-for-23 for 274 yards and the offense dominated
from the start against Central Michigan (1-2), which had allowed an
average of 454 yards and 28 points in its first two contests.
The game was in hand for Penn State by midway through the third
quarter, when Robinson was pulled for backup Anthony Morelli. Deon
Butler, a 5-foot-10 freshman who has turned into Robinson's
favorite target, had two TD catches while the offensive line
provided good protection and helped Tony Hunt run for 60 yards by
With the Nittany Lions leading 10-0 midway through the second
quarter, Robinson hit Butler, one of several speedy newcomers, with
a pass at the Chippewa 15. Cornerback Vincent Hicks lunged but
couldn't catch Butler, who ran into the end zone for a score.
On Central Michigan's next possession, Jay Alford sacked Smith
at the Chippewa 3 and two plays later, Smith was chased by three
Penn State defenders before running out of bounds to thwart the
Smith had amassed 478 yards of total offense in Central
Michigan's 38-37 win last week over Miami (Ohio). Penn State was
ready for the nimble passer as Alford and fellow defensive linemen
Matthew Rice, Tamba Hali and Scott Paxson were in the Central
Michigan backfield all day.
Penn State scored again on its next series with Isaac Smolko
made a leaping catch for a 21-yard gain before Robinson hit Butler
two plays later for a 23-0 lead.
Robinson pumped his fist after the catch and a chant of "We are
Penn State" rose from the 100,000-plus fans on a warm, overcast
afternoon. Robinson added a 47-yard touchdown pass to Terrell
Golden early in the third quarter.
Defensive end Daniel Bazuin's play provided one of the few
bright spots for Central Michigan, getting two sacks by the third
quarter and forcing Calvin Lowry to fumble on a punt return that
was recovered by Jesse Dailey, who returned 15 yards to the Penn
It was one of the few times all day that the Chippewa offense
was deep in Nittany Lion territory and led to a 31-yard field goal
by Rick Albreski.