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Lions plow past Purdue’s potential trap

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ANDRE ROBINSON CAPS OFF A BIG WIN FOR PENN STATE -- PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The crowd was less than a third of the size the Nittany Lions played in front of a week ago and the road environment, complete with rows of empty bleacher seats, was anything but hostile.

The trap was laid for James Franklin's team to possibly stumble into Ross-Ade stadium for the noon kick after a historic and emotional win a week ago, but the Lions' huge third quarter paved the way to Penn State's fourth consecutive win.

"You have to learn to win in all different ways," Franklin said. "Ugly wins, pretty wins, however you want to describe them. You have to find ways to win, that's all that matters."

With improved health and momentum on their side the No. 24 Lions worked past their first-half lull to wake up early in the third quarter and dominate the second half. Sparked by a third-quarter interception from reserve linebacker Brandon Smith and a fumble recovery on special teams by cornerback Jordan Smith, the offense rode out excellent starting field position to turn in a 62-24 thrashing, complete with 45 points in the second half.

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