November 12, 2006

Hunt shoulders load in victory

Overworked and under-appreciated senior running back Tony Hunt has carried the Nittany Lions on his back all season, even without the flash of a marquee running back, by simply pounding defenses into submission.

On Saturday, the Temple defense was no exception. Hunt ran through and around Owl tacklers en route to (statistically) the top performance of his illustrious career.

All in only two and a half quarters.

By the time he was forced to the sidelines midway through the third quarter, with the Lions in control 31-0, Hunt had carried the ball 16 times for 167 yards (an astounding 10.4 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He also added two catches for 24 yards, one of which went for a touchdown.

He found the end zone on runs of 22, 26 and 11 yards in the first half, and again in the second half, as he took a dump pass from Anthony Morelli 11 yards to pay dirt.

Hunt's performance against the Owls was full of milestones for the tailback from Alexandria, Va., as he continues to solidify himself as one of the top running backs ever to wear the blue and white.

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