12:10 PM ET, November 15, 2003
Beaver Stadium, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Zack Mills passed for 173 yards and three touchdowns and Tony Johnson had three scoring receptions in Penn State's 52-7 victory over Indiana on Saturday, the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten win this season.
Joe Paterno's team snapped a six-game losing streak, the school's longest since losing seven straight in '31.
Already up 31-7, Penn State (3-8, 1-6) scored three touchdowns in the last 3:32 of the third quarter. Michael Robinson's 10-yard run was the first, and he threw a 30-yard pass to Johnson with 1:44 left in the quarter for a 45-7 lead. Paul Posluszny then intercepted Matt LoVecchio's pass and returned it 15 yards to make it 52-7 with 18 seconds left in the quarter.
Indiana (2-9, 1-6) has never beaten Penn State in nine tries.
Maurice Humphrey had 121 yards and a touchdown on five catches for Penn State, which staved off its first-ever nine-loss season. The Nittany Lions won for the first time since Sept. 20, when they beat Kent State 32-10.
Robbie Gould's field goal and Andrew Guman's 8-yard return of a blocked punt gave Penn State a 31-7 lead early in the third quarter.
Mills found Humphrey on a 33-yard pass across the middle, the only score of the second quarter, to make it 21-7.
Johnson made his second touchdown catch late in the first quarter, a 5-yarder across the middle from Mills that gave Penn State a 14-7 lead. Penn State set up the score with a trick play, splitting Mills wide and moving Robinson under center for a 57-yard pass over the middle to tight end Mike Lukac.
Johnson's first touchdown catch, a 12-yarder from Mills, tied the game 7-7. Mills had a 51-yarder to Humphrey to set up the score.
Indiana went up 7-0 on LoVecchio's 12-yard pass to Glenn Johnson in the back of the end zone.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 203 yards on 42 carries for the Hoosiers.
|3rd Down Conversions||10-20||5-11|
|4th Down Conversions||1-4||1-1|
|TD||9:11||GLENN JOHNSON 12 YD PASS FROM MATT LOVECCHIO (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||7:38||TONY JOHNSON 12 YD PASS FROM ZACK MILLS (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||1:48||TONY JOHNSON 5 YD PASS FROM ZACK MILLS (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 96 yards.
|TD||13:18||MAURICE HUMPHREY 33 YD PASS FROM ZACK MILLS (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||10:01||ROBBIE GOULD 37 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||9:05||ANDREW GUMAN 8 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)||7||31|
|TD||3:32||MICHAEL ROBINSON 10 YD RUN (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||1:44||TONY JOHNSON 30 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL ROBINSON (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 43 yards.
|TD||0:18||PAUL POSLUSZNY 15 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)||7||52|