Curt Warner scored twice, rushing for 106 yards to tie a Penn State record, and Jon Williams and Tony Mumford had two touchdowns yesterday as the seventh-ranked host Nittany Lions routed error-prone North Carolina State, 54-0.
Warner, who scored on runs of one and 12 yards, tied Lydell Mitchell's record with his 15th 100-yard game. The Nittany Lions (8-1) scored 50 points in consecutive games for the first time since 1968, while for the Wolfpack (5-4), it was their worst loss in 29 years.
"Offensively we just were a little too much for them," said Coach Joe Paterno. "I'm pleased. We are playing very well."
Wolfpack Coach Monte Kiffin said "things really started to snowball. We came in thinking we could win."
Three of North Carolina State's seven turnovers led to 16 points for Penn State, on Williams' two-yard run after a fumbled snap at the Wolfpack 43, Nick Gancitano's 22-yard field goal following a fumble on a kickoff and a 32-yard interception return by linebacker Scott Radecic. It was 26-0 at halftime, the other touchdown coming on Warner's yard run a play after Blackledge passed 61 yards to Kenny Jackson.
Warner scored from 12 yards and Williams and Mumford each from a yard in a 21-point third quarter. Mumford's seven-yard run in the fourth quarter completed the rout.
The Wolfpack gained but 183 yards and crossed Penn State's 40 once.