Akron Zips: 16
Penn State Nittany Lions: 34
Joe Paterno and the Penn State Nittany Lions beat a scrappy Akron Zips team in the college football season opener in a wet and chilly Happy Vallery on Saturday, September 2nd, 2006 3:30 PM EST.
Papa Joe got some questions answered this week by the play of his younger players and made sure his Nittany Lions team was not looking too much ahead to their show down with Brady Quinn and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 9th, 2006.
Nittany Lions quarterback Anthony Morelli finished the day with 16 completions on 32 attempts for 207 yards passing and 3 touchdowns.
Paterno had some questions he wanted answered on defense. Penn State started four true freshman at defensive back. Many younger Nittany Lions players got involved early in the offensive production including true freshman Wallace, who had a 42 yards on a reverse in the second quarter for Penn State. Jordan Norwood caught his first college career touchdown pass in that same drive. Morelli was able to spread the ball around to 6 different receivers and 4 players had postive yards from scrimmage at the running back position.
The bright spot for Akron in the first half was the fact that they were not losing by more than 2 touchdowns since most people did not give them a chance. Another great moment on the day was a 45 yard long range field goal by kicker Matt Domonkos. In the second half, Penn State turned the ball over on the kick off return and Akron recoved the fumble. Eleven plays later, Dennis Kennedy ran in for a 4 yard touchdown run. Unfortunately, Domonkos missed the point after attempt. Joe Paterno was able to get his team focused and the Nittany Lions answered back two minutes later on the next drive with a 20 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Anthony Morelli to Derrick Williams.
Penn State takes on the Irish next week in South Bend which will be a great match to watch.
Akron Zips vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Highlights and Game Recap
1st Quarter: Akron 0 – Penn State Nittany Lions 10
Quarterback Anthony Morelli threw a 42 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deon Butler of Penn State. The touchdown ended a 3 play drive that went for 71 yards. Nittany Lions kicker Kevin Kelly kicked a 39 yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: Akron 3 – Penn State Nittany Lions 17
Wide receiver Jordan Norwood caught a 14 yard touchdown catch from Morelli. Akron kicker Matt Domonkos nailed a 45 yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: Akron 9 – Penn State Nittany Lions 24
Running back Dennis Kennedy rush in for a 4 yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game for the Zips. Kicker Domonkos missed the point after attempt. Derrick Williams catches a 20 yard touchdown from Morelli.
4th Quarter: Akron 16 – Penn State Nittany Lions 34
Tony Hunt ran for a 6 yard touchdown for the Nittany Lions. Kicker Kevin Kelly stuck a 42 yard long range field goal for the Nittany Lions. David Harvey caught a 27 yard touchdown pass from Luke Getsky for the Zips.