Purdue Drops Game to Penn State, 45-21

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Danny Etling (5) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Penn State.
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Danny Etling (5) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Penn State.
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Nov. 16, 2013

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Raheem Mostert had a 100-yard kickoff return, but Purdue (1-9, 0-6) fell to Penn State, 45-21.

Zach Zwinak had a pair of 1-yard TD runs for Penn State in the first half and a 5-yard score in the second, boosting his season total to 12. Robinson's fifth catch of the game was his 78th of the season, topping the 77 catches he had last season. He also holds Penn State's single-season yards receiving record.

Zwinak's second TD and Hackenberg's 8-yard touchdown pass to Adam Breneman helped Penn State build a 28-14 halftime lead.

Mostert answered Hackenberg's score with a 100-yard kickoff. He caught the ball just a step inside the end zone, broke through a hole around the 5 and bolted down the middle for the thrilling run. Purdue's Danny Etling had a 2-yard TD pass to Justin Sinz in the first second quarter.

Etling's 11 yard rush sliced the deficit to 28-21 early in the third, giving the Boilermakers hope they could end their conference losing streak. The Boilermakers, who had been shut out twice already in the Big Ten play, scored their most points in a conference game this season.

Penn State erased that thought with two more scores in the third. Sam Ficken kicked a 29-yard field goal and Zwinak's third touchdown of the game made it 38-21.

The Boilermakers were a bit too sloppy to mount a true upset bid, committing three turnovers, including a lost a fumble late in the fourth, leading to Hackenberg's 4-yard scramble to make it 45-21.