Published Saturday, November 10, 2012 AT 3:10 PM / Updated at 3:10 PM
First quarter: Penn State ahead, of course
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Penn State added to some of its first-quarter mastery Saturday to start its Big Ten game with Nebraska.

The Nittany Lions, who came into the game outscoring their opponents 76-3 in the first quarter, took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards in four plays for a 7-0 lead. Zach Zwinak got PSU on the board first by capping the possession with a 50-yard run up the middle with 13:14 left in the quarter.

Penn State was poised to add to a 7-3 lead later, but Zwinak lost a fumble that NU linebacker Will Compton recovered at the Husker 6 with 1:34 left in the quarter.

Nebraska had gotten its only points on a 32-yard field goal by Brett Maher.

Also in the first quarter:

>> Nebraska’s first drive included two penalties and plays that lost 2, 8, 6, 2 and 1 yards. The last three came after the Huskers had reached first-and-goal at the Penn State 6, leading to the Maher kick.

>> Penn State converted third-and-14 and third-and-6 plays on the drive where Zwinak eventually fumbled.

>> I-back Braylon Heard had carries of 7, 15 and 3 yards on the Huskers’ possession finishing the quarter. Nebraska started the second with third-and-10 at the PSU 39.

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