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Penn State shuts out Kent State 24-0

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The Nittany Lions scored on their first two possessions and then rode a strong defense the rest of the way as they shut out MAC opponent Kent State 24-0 at Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Penn State 24 – Kent State 0
Freshman quarterback Rob Bolden led Penn State to touchdowns on their first two drives before the defense took over, shutting down Kent State as the Nittany Lions improved to 2-1 with a 24-0 victory over the Golden Flashes.,

The Nittany Lions started off strong and took an early 14-0 lead after their first two offensive possessions as QB Rob Bolden and RB Evan Royster each scored touchdowns. The offense sputtered afterward, however, and gave Kent State several opportunities to stage a comeback. The Nittany Lion defense, however, held the Golden Flashes off of the scoreboard, bailing out an offense that turned the ball over three times. A Colin Wagner 27-yard field goal in the third quarter got the scoring re-ignited, and Bolden’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Devon Smith ended the scoring.

On the ground:
Stephfon Green led all rushers with 59 yards on 10 carries. Evan Royster and Bolden each scored a rushing touchdown. For Kent State, Jacquise Terry was held to 37 yards on 12 carries.

Through the air: Bolden threw for 217 yards and one touchdown, completing 17-of-28 passes. He was also intercepted twice. Keith also threw two picks and finished with just 158 yards on 18 completions. Derek Moye caught 4 passes for 87 yards.

Both defenses were effective at keeping the opposing offenses off of the scoreboard. The Lions intercepted a Keith pass on the first drive of the game and the offense punched in the game’s first score. Both defenses picked off two passes, but Penn State’s D did not give Kent State any extended drives or allow the Golden Flashes to take advantage of any turnovers.

Wagner and Kent State kicker Freddy Cortez each missed a kick in the first half.

The Penn State defense only allowed 24 points to the top team in the nation a week ago. This week, they pitched the shutout and helped take the pressure off of an offense that has had a difficult time scoring.

The Nittany Lions welcome the Temple Owls to Happy Valley for another Saturday afternoon game. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. This is the final game of their non conference schedule.

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