Curt Warner rushed for a school record 256 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 69-yard run to lead second-ranked Penn State over Syracuse, 41-16, yesterday in Syracuse.
Warner, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior from Wyoming, W.Va., carried 13 times for 189 yards in the first half in breaking the record of 250 set by Shorty Miller in 1912 against Carnegie Tech.
Quarterback Todd Blackledge, who completed 10 of 11 passes for 120 yards, scored on a five-yard keeper and threw touchdown passes of seven yards to Mike McCloskey and 12 to Vyto Kab. Penn State (5-0) scored two touchdowns and a field goal in the last 4:05 of the second period to take a 31-9 halftime lead.
The Nittany Lions scored seven of the first 10 times they had the ball and finished with 513 yards in total offense, including 392 yards rushing.
Gary Anderson kicked field goals of 51, 50 and 44 yards in the first half for Syracuse (1-4-1).
It was Warner's sixth consecutive 100-yard game, tying the school record shared by Lydell Mitchell and John Cappelletti, and he became the sixth-leading rusher in school history with 2,151 yards. Mitchell holds the school record with 2,934 yards.
"We've brought him along," said Penn State Coach Joe Paterno. "I've never liked to run young backs a lot. You take a real beating if you carry 30 times in a tough football game."
Warner began the game as the nation's fifth-leading runner, averaging 145.5 yards per game. He is now averaging 167.4 yards per game and 7.3 per carry.