The Nittany Lions punted on the first drive of the game. They didn’t punt again until James Franklin pulled his starters in Penn State’s thrashing of the UMass Minutemen, 48-7, for the team’s fourth win in as many games.
We compiled some of our best shots to tell the story of the win that kept the Lions undefeated on the season:
Sam Ficken admires Penn State’s new scoreboards, . (Photo: which actually started displaying game scores this week ) Bobby Chen Ficken kicked off the scoring for the Nittany Lions with a pair of field goals, from 42 and 40 yards out. He finished the game with 12 of the Lions’ 48 points, after converting 6-of-6 extra point attempts. (Photo: Bobby Chen) Bill Belton eludes a tackle on a second-quarter run. Belton scored the game’s first touchdown — a 24-yard run to put Penn State up 13-0 — and finished the contest with 76 yards and a pair of scores on seven carries. (Photo: ) Hannah Byrne Belton and tight end Jesse James, right, celebrate the senior running back’s first score of the day. (Photo: Hannah Byrne) Fans spell out “4EVA 409,” as the NCAA has yet to restore Joe Paterno’s sanction-reduced wins to their pre-sanction total. (Photo: Bobby Chen) Breakout freshman receiver DaeSean Hamilton fends off a UMass defender during a second-quarter reception. Christian Hackenberg and company had a comparatively quiet game through the air as Penn State’s running backs corps carried the load, accumulating 228 yards on 45 carries. The Lions had rushed for 227 yards, total, in their previous three games combined. (Photo: Bobby Chen) All three of Penn State’s top three running backs scored for the Nittany Lions. Pictured is Zach Zwinak on a short score, one of two for the Lions’ downhill runner. (Photo: Hannah Byrne) Even Hackenberg got in on the rushing action during the blowout win. He is pictured scrambling for a 17-yard gain. (Photo: Bobby Chen) Junior Akeel Lynch, the third member of Penn State’s three-headed ground attack, was the last Lion to score before James Franklin pulled his starters from the game. Lynch led the team in rushing with 81 yards on eight carries. (Photo: Bobby Chen) Lynch’s score put the Lions ahead of the Minutemen, 41-0, with 8:10 left to play in the third quarter. (Photo: Bobby Chen) Penn State fans were popcorned often during the Lions’ five-touchdown, two-field goal offensive performance against the Minutemen. (Photo: Hannah Byrne)
Franklin starts his Penn State coaching career a perfect 4-0 with the win over UMass, the first of such starts for the Nittany Lions since 2008. (Photo: Bobby Chen)