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Notes: Robinson owns Hoosiers

The catch that got him the record lost one yard.

Allen Robinson had nearly 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns in Penn State's win Saturday.

But there were a lot more yards out there for Allen Robinson on Saturday in Beaver Stadium.

The sophomore wide receiver shattered Penn State's single-season receptions record and had the biggest day of a breakout season, finishing with 10 catches for a career-high 197 yards -- the fifth-highest game total in team history -- and three touchdowns in the Nittany Lions' 45-22 win over Indiana.

"With the greats that come through here and play the receiver position, I think it definitely means a lot," Robinson said.

Robinson came into the game tied with O.J. McDuffie and Bobby Engram, who shared the previous record with 63 catches each. His 26-yard touchdown catch, over Hoosier corner Brian Williams, gave Penn State its first score of the day late in the first quarter. He took a short pass and spun out of a tackle for a 53-yard score midway through the second quarter and beat Indiana's other corner, Antonio Marshall, for a jump ball in the end zone and a 10-yard touchdown with 2:25 left in the half.

Indiana, which gave up 395 yards passing Saturday, frequently tried to cover Robinson one-on-one, and he and his quarterback made them pay.

"He's at his best right now," said Matt McGloin, who has thrown 11 touchdown passes to Robinson this season. "As a quarterback, you have to love playing with him and know he's going to make some plays for you.

"He's got great ball skills. He has a knack for getting open. In some situations you love to have a guy where you can just throw the ball up and he'll go make a play."

Filling in

Two Nittany Lion defenders who have seen significant action this season took on even bigger roles Saturday against Indiana.

Senior safety Jacob Fagnano started in place of an injured Malcolm Willis, who missed the game with a knee injury. Fagnano, who split time with walk-on Ryan Keiser, made three tackles and broke up two passes.

"He did a really good job," cornerback Stephon Morris said. "That was his first career start. I was really proud of him. He was a little nervous at the start of the game. But he stepped in and did a hell of a job like he has all season."

When senior linebacker Michael Mauti had to leave the game with an apparent knee injury late in the first quarter, redshirt sophomore Mike Hull, who has played mostly on third downs and mostly in the middle this season, took his place on the weak side, finishing with 11 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.

"We know the type of player Mike Hull is," Morris said. "He's been doing a great job all season when his name has been called. He's not Mauti, but he's still a great player."

Hold it

Running back Zach Zwinak fumbled twice, losing one, and nearly dropped his 16-yard touchdown catch before he crossed the goal line. Penn State's leading rusher, who had 135 yards on 29 carries Saturday, has four lost fumbles in his last six games.

"We do a lot of different (ball security) drills but at the end of the day the player has to do it," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think he'll improve. That was a bad fumble he had today and he knows it."

Miscellaneous: Willis, Tight end Kyle Carter (wrist), defensive tackle James Terry (ankle) and running back Curtis Dukes (concussion) did not dress for Saturday's game. … The announced attendance of 90,358 was the smallest crowd in Beaver Stadium since the 1995 game against Michigan, which followed a snowstorm. … True freshman Trevor Williams gave Penn State a spark on kickoff returns, turning in a pair of 23-yarders that nearly went for more. … Senior defensive end Sean Stanley did not start the game but finished with four tackles and a sack.

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