Penn St. 40
Nebraska 7

Sep. 14, 2002 - 7:07 p.m. Central
Beaver Stadium | State College, PA | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 0 7 0 0 7
Penn St. 0 13 20 7 40
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2nd Quarter
PSU: L.Johnson 7 run (Gould kick) 12:45
NEB: Davies 2 run (Brown kick) 10:04
PSU: Gould 20 field goal, 5:56
PSU: Gould 33 field goal, 1:05
3rd Quarter
PSU: Robinson 8 run (pass failed) 7:50
PSU: Gardner 44 int return (Gould kick) 5:51
PSU: Robinson 11 run (Gould kick) 2:15
4th Quarter 
PSU: L.Johnson 2 run (Gould kick) 6:19

                            NEB      PSU
FIRST DOWNS................. 18       24
  Rushing................... 14       12
  Passing.................... 4       11
  Penalty.................... 0        1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 45-252   43-217
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 76      259
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 16-8-3  31-19-0
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 61-328   74-476
Punt Returns-Yards........ 1-12     3-27
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 2-27     1-17
Int. Returns-Yards......... 0-0     3-50
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 6-46.8   3-46.3
Fumbles-Lost............... 1-0      0-0
Penalties-Yards........... 7-60     3-20
Possession Time.......... 27:03    32:57
Third-Down Conv. ......... 2/11     9/15
Fourth-Down Conv. ......... 1/1      1/1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 1-1      6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 1-8      0-0

RUSHING
NEB: Lord 14-111, Diedrick 16-71, Ross 7-27, Davies 4-21, Pilkington 3-14, Davis 1-8

PSU: L.Johnson 19-123, Robinson 4-56, Mills 14-32, McHugh 2-6, Jefferson 2-3, team 2-(minus 3) 

PASSING
NEB: Lord 8-16-3-76
PSU: Mills 19-31-0-259

RECEIVING
NEB: Pilkington 2-29, Davis 2-14, Golliday 1-16, Ross 1-9, Cornelsen 1-5, Thomas 1-3

PSU: B.Johnson 8-147, L.Johnson 4-35, Williams 3-42, T.Johnson 3-32, McHugh 1-3

Attendance: 110,753

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Stats & Recap

Nittany Lions maul Huskers

Nebraska suffered its first loss of the season in a 40-7 setback to Penn State in front of a Beaver Stadium and Nebraska school-record crowd of 110,753.

After a scoreless first quarter, Penn State got on the board with Larry Johnson’s seven-yard touchdown run with 12:45 left in the first half. The Huskers responded with an eight-play, 84-yard drive to tie the score 2½ minutes later.

After that, it was all Nittany Lions.

A pair of Robbie Gould field goals gave PSU a 13-7 halftime lead. The Nittany Lions built the lead to 19-7 with a staggering 16-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 7:10 on the opening drive of the second half. Just two minutes later, the flood gates opened when Rich Gardner returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown to give PSU a 26-7 lead.

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Pregame & team info
2002 schedule
04/20 Red 17, White 7
08/24 Arizona St. W 48-10
08/31 Troy St. W 31-16
09/07 Utah St. W 44-13
09/14 @ Penn St. L 7-40
09/28 @ Iowa St. L 14-36
10/05 McNeese St. W 38-14
10/12 Missouri W 24-13
10/19 @ Oklahoma St. L 21-24
10/26 @ Texas A&M W 38-31
11/02 Texas L 24-27
11/09 Kansas W 45-7
11/16 @ Kansas St. L 13-49
11/29 Colorado L 13-28
12/27 Ole Miss L 23-27

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

This was a total team breakdown. We’ll see how Frank and the players can respond.

Shatel

Where to start? The defense looked disorganized. The offense outdated. The Huskers looked undisciplined and uncoached.

Omaha World-Herald
Mabry

The good news is that Lord now has two weeks to think about what he did wrong. The bad news? That Lord now has two weeks to think about what he did wrong.

Lincoln Journal Star
Red Clad Loon

After watching this eerily familiar meltdown for basically the third time in the last six games, one has to ask oneself: ‘Hey, do I detect a trend here?’

Ross

Penn State was innovative in this game, including using backup quarterback Michael Robinson both as a wide receiver and in the backfield.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Alberts

We’ll have to wait to find out if PSU is that good or NU is that bad.

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