September 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Another first quarter, another quick start for Penn State.
The Nittany Lions lead Illinois 14-0 after touchdown runs by Zach Zwinak and Matt McGloin in their Big Ten opener.
Penn State's first touchdown was set up by a few key plays on special teams. The team's first drive was actually a three-and-out, but Michael Mauti caused a fumble on an Alex Butterworth punt which was recovered by Penn State
The Lions took over at Illinois' 26-yard line and Zach Zwinak found the endzone on a one-yard rush two plays after the drive was extended because of a running into the kicker call on a Sam Ficken field goal attempt.
On Penn State's next drive, McGloin marched the offense down the field and eventually found pay dirt himself on a quarterback keeper from a yard out.
Illinois had 74 yards of offense in the quarter and 52 of those yards came on a run by Donovonn Young which was the team's only first down in the first fifteen minutes. Illinois had a chance to put points on the scoreboard because of the run, but Taylor Zalewski missed a 26-yard attempt.
Penn State had 94 yards of total offense in the quarter and has now outscored opponents 49-0 in the first quarter this season.