D.J. Dozier rushed for a season-high 159 yards on 22 carries and scored on a 58-yard run in Penn State's 21-3 victory over Syracuse yesterday in University Park, Pa.
Tony Mumford ran seven yards for a touchdown on the first possession and Dozier followed with his scoring run 3:01 later to give the No. 19 Nittany Lions (5-2) a quick 14-0 halftime lead. Steve Smith scored from a yard out in the second quarter and the Lions held on for their 14th straight victory over the Orangemen (3-4).
Dozier, a sophomore tailback, had his best game of the year after being slowed at the start of the season by injuries. Penn State, which was shut out last week for the first time since 1972, held a 306-69 advantage in total offense in the first half against a team that had been allowing 254 total yards per game. The Lions were held to 34 yards in the second half but still outgained the Orangemen, 340 yards to 198.
The Orangemen, losing their fourth in five games, averted their third shutout during that stretch when Don McAulay kicked a 47-yard field goal with 51 seconds left. Syracuse did not cross midfield until early in the third quarter.
"The defense played a great game," Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said. "But I'm a litle baffled about not moving the ball in the second half."