Saturday, September 22, 2012
Run game takes off for PSU
By Josh Moyer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State may have finally found its running identity: bruising and downhill.
Zach Zwinak and Michael Zordich -- both former fullbacks -- combined for 33 carries and 169 yards Saturday. They averaged 1.5 yards more per carry than PSU's average heading into the Temple game.
"The first time I got on the field I was excited," said Zwinak, who carried 18 times for a season-high 94 yards. "I was fortunate they kept calling my number."
Zwinak leaned against a white wall Saturday and thought for a moment before saying he wasn't quite sure what was different this game. Offensive guard John Urschel said both teams were a little beat up heading into the second half -- and that's when Zwinak really shined.
The 232-pound redshirt sophomore had just one carry for zero yards in the first half but collected a handful of yards at a time in the second half after Zordich left the game with a bruised left knee.
Coach Bill O'Brien didn't seem concerned about Zordich's injury after the game.
"He's a tough kid," O'Brien said. "I'd say he'll probably spit on it and be all right."
Derek Day, Bill Belton and Curtis Dukes were held out of the game with injuries. Belton has the longest way to go for a recovery, but the team seemed confident this was a harbinger of rushing games to come.
"The line was blocking great," Zwinak said, "and the offense was clicking."