A shining moment for Penn State's Carter in trying season

Allen Robinson is closing in on a Penn State receiving record.       CENTRE DAILY TIMES
Allen Robinson is closing in on a Penn State receiving record.       CENTRE DAILY TIMES
Posted: November 04, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It's been a rather frustrating season for Penn State tight end Kyle Carter, who hasn't enjoyed the same success he had in Bill O'Brien's offense last year.

A redshirt sophomore, Carter made his only catch of the game Saturday a huge one, a 15-yard touchdown reception from Christian Hackenberg in overtime that proved to be the decisive points in the Nittany Lions' 24-17 victory over Illinois at Beaver Stadium.

Carter, who grabbed 36 passes before a broken wrist against Nebraska ended his season last year, had only 13 catches before Saturday. He hurt his arm in the 2013 opener against Syracuse and was hampered by the injury for four weeks, although he played.

"Everybody that catches the ball definitely gets a little frustrated," said Carter, who is from Bear, Del. "But as long as we win the game, I'm definitely happy. I just take it in stride, and if I get a chance to make a play, I try to make it."

O'Brien said he still is trying to spring the tight ends for big plays, but it has taken some time.

Robinson milestones

Wide receiver Allen Robinson was on the receiving end of 11 of Hackenberg's 20 completions and surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for his career.

With the 11 catches and 165 yards, Robinson is fifth on the school's all-time list with 146 receptions and fourth in yardage with 2,085. He has 1,043 yards this season, only 42 away from breaking Bobby Engram's single-season record for receiving yards.

"I knew [about the 2,000-yard milestone] from a lot of people just telling me," Robinson said. "But at the end of the day, it's one game at a time, trying to go out there each and every game and help my team and make some plays."

Nittany Notes

With 201 yards rushing, Bill Belton became the first Nittany Lion to reach the 200 figure since 2002, when Larry Johnson picked up 279 rushing yards against Michigan State. . . . Sophomore linebacker Ben Kline, who has been slowly rehabilitating from shoulder surgery last spring, got his first career start and made eight tackles. "He plays with a bum shoulder, and he practiced well this week, so he deserved to get the start," O'Brien said. . . . Penn State's second touchdown marked its longest drive of the season in terms of plays (17) and time of possession (7 minutes, 15 seconds).

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