UCF 13

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Penn State 37

(2-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 18, 2004

Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA

1 2 3 4 T
UCF 3 3 0 713
PSU 0 21 9 737

Top Performers

Passing: Z. Mills (PSU) - 229 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Hunt (PSU) - 16 CAR, 125 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Robinson (PSU) - 7 REC, 93 YDS

Hunt's 3 TDs guide Lions through Mills' errors

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Tony Hunt rushed for three touchdowns, leading Penn State to a 37-13 victory over Central Florida on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions (2-1) overcame a dismal offensive performance that included six turnovers by Zack Mills -- four fumbles and two interceptions. Only Hunt's consistent running and an equally poor showing by UCF (0-3) spared Penn State.

Hunt's first touchdown, a 4-yard run in the second quarter, gave Penn State the lead. On his second, a 26-yard run, he started left, then cut back to the right, spun around a defender and dived past two more into the end zone, making it 14-3.

Jon Bronson, a former defensive end, made his first career catch for a 1-yard touchdown and a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter.

But when Mills' pass bounced off Terrance Phillips' chest, Mike Walker returned his second interception of the game 59 yards to set up Matt Prater's last-second, 22-yard field goal. That made it 21-6 at halftime.

Tavaris Capers fumbled a punt return on UCF's 2-yard line, and Calvin Lowry recovered for Penn State. But Mills fumbled the snap on Penn State's first play, and Stanford Rhule recovered for the Golden Knights.

Four plays later, UCF punter Aaron Horne let the snap sail through his hands and out the back of the end zone for a safety and a 23-6 Penn State lead.

Hunt scored his third touchdown on a 33-yard run up the middle late in the third.

Capers made up for his mistake in the fourth quarter, slipping past four would-be tacklers on a 54-yard punt return, bringing UCF within 30-13.

Hunt finished with 125 yards rushing, and Mills completed 19 of 29 passes for 229 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Mistakes put Penn State behind in the first quarter. On their first drive, the Nittany Lions got to the UCF 13 before Mills fumbled. Later, a 6-yard punt by Jeremy Kapinos gave the Golden Knights a short field, setting up a 33-yard field goal by Prater for a 3-0 lead.