Marken Michel led the UMass offense with 104 yards receiving on six catches, while Tajae Sharpe scored the Minutemen's lone touchdown on a 77-yard catch-and-run from Blake Frohnapfel to finish with 99-yards receiving. Frohnapfel finished the game with 263 yards after going 17-for-33 through the air.
After holding the Nittany Lions to a pair of 40-plus yard field goals in the first quarter, UMass was unable to keep Penn State out of the end zone in the second period. Bill Belton scored a 24-yard touchdown nearly five minutes into the second quarter and then added a second with 8:48 to go, giving PSU a 20-0 lead.
Zach Zwinak added a five-yard score and a one-yard TD in the final four minutes of the half making the lead 34-0 at the intermission.
UMass started the game by forcing a Penn State three-and-out on defense before mounting a seven-play, 41-yard drive on its first possession. The Minutemen came away empty-handed, however, as Matthew Wylie's first career field goal attempt went just wide.
The Minutemen started the second quarter with momentum, but an 11-play, 44-yard drive was halted on a fourth down conversion attempt at the Penn State 31-yard line when Frohnapfel's pass to the end zone just missed Jean Sifrin.
Penn State added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 48-0 lead.
The Minutemen broke up the shutout on the first play of the fourth quarter when Frohnapfel hit Sharpe over the middle for a 77-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.
UMass (0-4) will open Mid-American Conference play next Saturday against Bowling Green. The Homecoming match-up will be the first game back in renovated McGuirk Stadium since the Minutemen last played in their campus facility in 2011.
(Courtesy of UMass Athletics)