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Penn State spotlight

| Sunday, October 30, 2005 12:00 a.m

King’s world: Two weeks into his role as substitute for the injured, multifaceted Derrick Williams, freshman wide receiver Justin King lined up at tailback and broke a 26-yarder on Penn State’s first possession. He netted 56 yards on four carries.

He’s special: Ethan Kilmer excels on special teams. He forced a fumble on a punt return which Penn State recovered in the first half, and he narrowly missed making a spectacular downing of a punt at the Purdue 1-yard line in the second half. Kilmer, who also has started at wide receiver, was third in tackles Saturday with six, despite not playing defense.

High altitude: Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter accomplished the difficult in the first half, throwing a pass that was too tall for 6-foot-9 wide receiver Kyle Ingraham.

Whoops: Oft-maligned Penn State punt returner Calvin Lowry provided more fodder for his critics, fumbling a punt that led to Purdue’s first-half touchdown.

Further review: Michael Robinson clearly fumbled in the second quarter, but officials ruled he was already down. A replay review overturned the play and gave Purdue possession. The decision upset coach Joe Paterno, but it was the right call.

Mulligan: Usually reliable Penn Stater punter Jeremy Kapinos uncorked a 19-yard shank in the first half. Later, he had a punt that travelled 70 yards in the air nullified by a Penn State alignment penalty.

Bad spot: Penn State cornerback Alan Zemaitis seemed to have stopped Purdue receiver Dorien Bryant short of a first down in the second quarter, but the officials gave Bryant enough for the first down. This time, Paterno had reason to be upset, and he was.

Hurry up: Purdue tried a no-huddle to jump start its struggling offense in the second quarter, with little effect.

He’s human: Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny made a rare misread on Painter’s 24-yard touchdown run, going inside with the play fake and allowing Painter to break clean to the outside.

Best run: With Purdue having cut the deficit to 23-15 in the fourth quarter, tailback Tony Hunt took a straight handoff and broke through a knot of three Purdue tacklers to gain 23 yards and start Penn State on a clinching field-goal drive.

Son of best run: Robinson set a single-season record for Penn State quarterbacks with his 10th touchdown run of the season, but his best run was a 13-yard gain when he somehow escaped the grasp of Purdue defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich in the backfield and turned it into a 13-yard gain in the first quarter.

Up next: Wisconsin (8-1, 5-1) at Penn State (8-1, 5-1) 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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