— 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
PE - Dukes, 1-yard run (Fera kick) (4:38).
PU - Wiggs, 28-yard field goal (1:39).
PU - Wiggs, 32-yard field goal (4:36).
PE - Fera, 29-yard field goal (0:00).
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).
PU - Shavers, 1-yard run (Shavers run failed) (8:08).
PE - Fera, 29-yard field goal (6:24).
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
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.
UTAH 3 10 3 10 26
PITTSBURGH 14 0 0 0 14
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).
U - Petersen, 34-yard field goal (3:15).
U - Matthews, 33-yard pass from Hays (Petersen kick) (2:07).
U - Petersen, 39-yard field goal (11:24).
U - Petersen, 45-yard field goal (7:45).
U - Shelby, 21-yard interception return (Petersen kick) (1:12).
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
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.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: April should bring welcome return of local racing
MOTHER NATURE’S last stronghold on winter may slowly be releasing her grip as the calendar changes to April and racing begins to get under way throughout the region.
Locally, nothing has happened yet, but that may soon be changing. Mercer had to postpone their “Chiller Thriller” to this Saturday (April 5), weather permitting, featuring the NDRL Northeast Super Late Models, NDRL E-Mods, Crate Late Models, and Stock Cars. Mercer’s regular season opener featuring their weekly divisions of “410” Sprints, “358” Modifieds, “305” Sprints, Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and Mini Stocks has now been pushed back to April 12.
Mercer boys bow in Guerino finals
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
EXTRA INNINGS: Bonds ruined opening day for Pirates fans
As this column begins today its 47th year, longtime readers no doubt expected to find what they have found at the beginning of every baseball season — predictions for upcoming summer.
And as I sat down last week to start to put together some ideas for today’s entry, that is fully what I anticipated would fill this space.
Well, I’m as surprised as you are; 2014’s season prognostications must wait until next week.
I just can’t get past the fact that club president Frank Coonelly thought the celebration of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first winning season in 21 years should include Barry Bonds.
You gotta be kidding me!
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.
IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life
Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.
NHL: Sabres beat Penguins 3-2
The Buffalo Sabres have had trouble with the Pittsburgh Penguins whether Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play or not.
NHL Quick glance: Montreal at Pittsburgh
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