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Former Foes: Week 4

Former Foes is a look back at the teams Penn State has already played

Nick Montana had a rough night against the Syracuse defense
Nick Montana had a rough night against the Syracuse defense
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Not much going on this week, and even less next week when two of our Former Foes have a bye.  The BYE.

Syracuse (2-2)

Beat Tulane (1-3) 52-17

Syracuse has put together some nice offense recently, scoring over 50 points each the past two weeks. Orange quarterback Terrel Hunt replaced ineffective Drew Allen last week and has taken control of the starting position.  It was Hunt's first career start and he didn't disappoint, passing for an efficient 181 yards on 16 of 21 attempts, throwing 4 touchdowns.  He also ran for 39 yards and another TD.  Hunt spread the ball around, hitting 3 different receivers for scores with Clay Cleveland catching 2.

Syracuse scored 3 touchdowns in both the 1st and 2nd quarters to take a demanding 42-17 halftime lead.  The only second-half scoring was a meaningless TD and field goal by the Orange as they cruised to the win.  Syracuse did a good job of converting 3rd downs keeping the ball on 7 or their 14 attempts easily beating Tulane's 4-14 conversion rate.  The Orange defense was particularly good against Tulane quarterback Nick Montana.  Yes that Montana, the son of NFL great Joe Montana who was in attendance to watch his son get pounded.

Next up: Bye

Eastern Michigan (1-3)

Lost to Ball State (3-1) 51-20

Ball State's quarterback Keith Wenning threw for 317 yards, his 4th 300+ yard game, and 2 touchdowns. Running back Jahwan Edwards rushed for 3 touchdowns on only 15 carries. The loan bright spot for EMU was running back Bronson Hill, who rushed for a game-high 126 yards.

Other than that, Eastern turned the ball over 4 times and committed 9 costly penalties.  The Eagles jumped out to a lead when they took the opening kickoff and scored to make it 7-0 EMU, but Ball State responded by scoring 4 more times in the 1st quarter to take a 27-6 lead before EMU scored again.  The Eagles never recovered or made it less than a double-digit lead.

Next up: Bye

UCF (3-0)


Next Up: a huge showdown against #12 South Carolina

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