- Grove City, Pennsylvania


October 19, 2011

NCAA Football: Penn State wins, Pitt falls to Utah

— Silas Redd ran for 131 yards and a touchdown and Penn State took advantage of Purdue’s special teams miscues to hold on Saturday for a 23-18 win.

Akeem Shavers had a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:08 left but Purdue was stopped on a 2-point conversion attempt to keep the deficit at 20-18. A missed field goal and extra-point attempt earlier in the game also haunted Purdue (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) on a windy afternoon.

Chaz Powell returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to the 3, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed Penn State (6-1, 3-0) back, and the Nittany Lions settled for field goal with 6:24 left and a five-point lead.

Nate Stupar’s interception of a tipped pass at the Purdue 19 with 1:59 left finally sealed the game for Penn State.

Utah 26, Pitt 14

PITTSBURGH - John White ran for 171 yards and Coleman Petersen kicked four field goals in the tricky Heinz Field winds to lead Utah by reeling Pittsburgh.

The Utes (3-3) snapped a two-game losing streak behind the legs of White and Petersen and an impressive defensive effort to improve to 9-0 all-time against current members of the Big East.

Petersen, who’d made four field goals all year coming in, converted kicks of 23, 34, 39 and 45 yards in winds that gusted over 30 mph.

Utah’s Derrick Shelby returned a late interception 21 yards for a touchdown as the Utes sent Pitt (3-4) to its second straight loss.

The Panthers managed just 120 total yards, turned it over three times and a reconfigured offensive line allowed quarterbacks Trey Anderson and Tino Sunseri to get sacked six times.

Pitt running back Ray Graham managed a season-low 46 yards.





PURDUE 3 3 6 6 18

PENN STATE 7 3 10 3 23

Scoring plays

First quarter

PE -
Dukes, 1-yard run (Fera kick) (4:38).

PU - Wiggs, 28-yard field goal (1:39).

Second quarter

PU -
Wiggs, 32-yard field goal (4:36).

PE - Fera, 29-yard field goal (0:00).

Third quarter

PE -
Fera, 40-yard field goal (5:57).

PU - Ross, 14-yard pass from TerBush (Wiggs kick failed) (4:02).

PE - Redd, 9-yard run (Fera kick) (2:37).

Fourth quarter

PU -
Shavers, 1-yard run (Shavers run failed) (8:08).

PE - Fera, 29-yard field goal (6:24).

Team statistics


First downs – 15

Rushing yards – 162

Passing yards – 182

Att-comp-int – 30-14-3

Total yards – 344

Fumbles-lost – 0-0

Penalties-yards lost - 6-33


First downs - 21

Rushing yards - 182

Passing yards - 185

Att-comp-int - 23-10-1

Total yards - 367

Fumbles-lost - 2-0

Penalties-yards lost - 5-43

Individual statistics

Rushing: Purdue -
Ra. Bolden 13-97, Shavers 13-54, TerBush 6-10, Pegram 1-1; Penn State - Redd 28-131, Dukes 6-21, McGloin 3-16, Ro. Bolden 4-10, Suhey 1-3, Smith 2-2, Green 1-2, Brown 1-0.

Passing: Purdue - TerBush 25-12-2-162, Marve 5-2-1-20; Penn State - McGloin 17-8-1-145, Ro. Bolden 6-2-0-40.

Receiving: Purdue - Siller 5-67, Edison 3-46, Gravesande 2-26, Pegram 1-20, Ross 1-14, Shavers 1-7, Ra. Bolden 1-2; Penn State - Brown 4-86, Moseby-Felder 2-40, Smith 2-34, Zordich 1-16, Suhey 1-9.



3 10 3 10 26

PITTSBURGH 14 0 0 0 14

Scoring plays

First quarter

U -
Petersen, 23-yard field goal (5:08).

P - Jackson, 98-yard kick return (Harper kick) (4:52).

P - Reed, 10-yard blocked punt return (Harper kick) (2:47).

Second quarter

U -
Petersen, 34-yard field goal (3:15).

U - Matthews, 33-yard pass from Hays (Petersen kick) (2:07).

Third quarter

U -
Petersen, 39-yard field goal (11:24).

Fourth quarter

U -
Petersen, 45-yard field goal (7:45).

U - Shelby, 21-yard interception return (Petersen kick) (1:12).

Team statistics


First downs – 19

Rushing yards – 124

Passing yards – 127

Att-comp-int – 23-14-0

Total yards – 251

Fumbles-lost – 2-0

Penalties-yards lost - 10-97


First downs - 12

Rushing yards - 70

Passing yards - 50

Att-comp-int - 30-9-2

Total yards - 120

Fumbles-lost - 2-1

Penalties-yards lost - 8-75

Individual statistics

Rushing: Utah -
White 36-171, Langi 2-3, D. Anderson 1-2, Team 4-(-18), Hays 9-(-34); Pittsburgh - R. Graham 12-46, T. Anderson 7-24, Jones 1-9, Street 1-6, Saddler 1-5, Sunseri 1-(-20).

Passing: Utah - Hays 23-14-0-127; Pittsburgh - Sunseri 11-4-0-38, T. Anderson 19-5-0-12

Receiving: Utah - D. Anderson 4-43, Matthews 2-39, Dunn 1-26, Scott 1-7, McNabb 1-5, Hays 1-4, White 2-3, Moeai 1-3, Rogers 1-(-3); Pittsburgh - Jones 2-16, Carswell 1-15, R. Graham 3-10, H. Graham 2-9, Gonzalez 1-0.

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