Scores

Final

Cent Michigan 3

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Penn State 40

(3-0, 3-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 17, 2005

Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

1 2 3 4 T
CMU 0 3 0 03
PSU 7 19 7 740

Top Performers

Passing: M. Robinson (PSU) - 274 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Hunt (PSU) - 10 CAR, 78 YDS

Receiving: D. Butler (PSU) - 5 REC, 108 YDS, 2 TD

Penn State 40, Central Michigan 3

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 halftime.

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 drive.

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 State 13.

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.

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