STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (Ticker) -- Noah Herron won the battle of running backs with Tony Hunt.
Herron capped a 13-play, 83-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run on the second play of the fourth quarter to give Northwestern a 14-7 victory over reeling Penn State, which remained winless in the Big Ten Conference.
Herron accounted for 42 yards on the decisive drive and carried 30 times for 176 yards overall. With 2,182 yards in his career, he moved past Mike Adamle into sixth place on the school's all-time rushing list.
Hunt ran 23 times for 96 yards and caught 10 passes for 74 yards for Penn State. He accounted for 170 of the Lions' 280 total yards.
Each team capitalized on early turnovers to score in the first half.
Northwestern (5-4, 4-2 Big Ten) took advantage of a first-quarter interception of Penn State's Michael Robinson and drove 67 yards on five plays to take a 7-0 lead. Terrell Jordan capped the drive with a one-yard run.
After Penn State safety Paul Cronin intercepted a pass and returned it 14 yards to the Northwestern 22, Zack Mills found Isaac Smolko on a two-yard TD pass to tie the score.
Brett Basanez completed 15-of-27 passes for 205 yards for the Wildcats, who beat Penn State for the first time in five tries at University Park.
Mills was 21-for-34 for 183 yards for the Nittany Lions (2-7, 0-6), who have lost six straight games by a combined 93-44. Penn State's offense has not produced two touchdowns in any of those games.