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Zordich, seniors set blue-collar tone for Penn St

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The revamped passing game might get much of the attention at Penn State, but Michael Zordich's hard-nosed running style epitomizes the blue-collar mentality espoused by the senior leaders of coach Bill O'Brien's rebuilding project.

No matter the opponent, Zordich says every game is big since NCAA sanctions forbid the Nittany Lions (2-2) from postseason play the next four years.

Zordich set the tone for Penn State's rushing attack with career highs of 75 yards on 15 carries before leaving with a bruised left knee in the second half of Saturday's 24-13 win over Temple.

He hopes to be OK for next weekend's Big Ten opener at Illinois.

Penn State's other seniors stepped up too, against Temple, as they have all year in the season of transition for Penn State football.