— 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.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP: County track set today at Hickory
The annual Mercer County Track & Field Invitational will be held at Hickory High’s Hornet Stadium today, beginning at 9 a.m.
Competing are all Mercer County teams, Class AAA and AA, as well as Slippery Rock. The meet serves as a warm-up to the District 10 championships set next week at Harbor Creek High.
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I definitely don’t mind eating all kinds of meat and potatoes. I love watching sports — and participating in them when I can.
I do many other things that ‘real’ men do that aren’t fit for print and proper readers.
What I don’t do is wear skinny jeans or other tight-fitting clothes. I don’t wear jewelry nor do I wear colors that lean more to the femine side than the masculine side.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP: Mercer 9 drops thriller to KC
It was a game both teams were trying to win — it just seemed as though neither wanted to — as Kennedy Catholic High baseball team met Mercer Friday afternoon in an inter-region District 10 affair.
The teams traded late leads before, ultimately, Scott Moore’s fielder’s choice RBI-grounder scored pinch-runner Ethan Feldmiller with the game-winner, as KC captured an 11-10 conquest.
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
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