Penn State Football: Blue White Game Live Blog
It's a beautiful day here at Beaver Stadium as fans start to file in for the annual Blue White game to close out spring practice for the 2014 season. The team and coaching staff has been split into two separate squads as the Blue and White teams. The Blue team is largely what many would consider to be the starting unit on both sides of the ball although the White team has a fair share of talent in its own right.
The first quarter will feature regular timing and the final three quarters of the game will be timed with a running clock. Regular scoring rules will apply.
Prior to the game, Maryland defensive tackle Adam McClean announced that he has committed to Penn State. McClean is rated a four-star prospect by multiple recruiting outlets. Additionally, the verbal commitment gives Penn State 12 commits for the 2015 class, 8 of which are rated at the four-star level. As a result Scout.com now rates Penn State's 2015 class as the best in the nation.
5 minutes until kick and the crowd is still packing into the lower bowl. Couldn't ask for a better day to play and watch football. Franklin and his staff going with the brown pants, blue polo and Penn State hat outfit for today's scrimmage.
The Blue team will take up the sideline Penn State normally is on with the White team on the usual opponent sideline.
Blue will start at the 25. Belton in the backfield, Zanellato, Anderson, and Lewis out wide. Anderson with a first down catch to open the game. 11 yard gain.
Belton take a snap in the wildcat in the second play of the game and gains a yard. Franklin is coaching the game from behind the offense with whistle in mouth. Has yet to do anything other than watch
Hackenberg goes deep over the middle on third down but over throws Anderson.
Chris Gulla's first punt at Penn State in front of a crowd goes 44 yard
DJ Crook's first series goes 3-and-out after three incomplete passes. A rollout, a dropped screen, and a sack by the defense.
Akeel Lynch with a nice 13-yard catch and run. DaeSean Hamilton getting some work on this drive at receiver. Cole Chiappialle takes a direct snap 19 yards for a first and goal at the 9.
Hackenberg looks comfortable in the pocket but has rolled out on a few occasions already. Blue can't move the ball after the Chiappialle run and Ficken heads out for a 26-yard field goal and he nails it.
Crook completes a pass to DeShawn Baker for a 9-yard gain after Baker makes two miss the tackle after the catch. Trevor Williams almost intercepts a pass two plays later, setting up a punt. Gulla's kick goes 40 yards.
Hackenberg is sacked on first down. Da'Quan David nearly intercepts a bubble screen, his second big play of the day. Hackenberg goes 50 yards through the air to Geno Lewis but the pass is just a stride to long and Lewis only gets his right hand on it. Was open for the play though and Hackenberg made a nice throw.
State College native Jack Haffner lowers the shoulder for the White team and makes a big hit while carrying the ball. Haffner with a few carries on the drive and White goes for it on fourth down but comes up short. Austin Johnson and CJ Olaniyan with the stop. Haffner with 4 carries for 11 yards.
Michael O'Connor in for the Blue squad and Cole Chiappialle with two strong carries to start off the drive. Three carries for 29 yards so far. Short drive stalls and Gulla will come out to punt.
White struggles on ensuing drive. Little of note over the span. Blue will take over at the 20.
O'Connor in at quarterback again, not dropping back all that far in the pocket and his outlet pass to Kyle Carter is dropped. Blue goes three and out and that's the end of the first quarter.
Blue team will take over at the 30. James Franklin leads a We Are chant between quarters and thanks the crowd for coming out.
DJ Crook completes a pass to Brandon Johnson who makes a nice run before being hit by Della Valle and fumbling the ball.
Teams exchanging uneventful drives. Game up to 6 direct snaps so far.
Michael O'Connor driving the ball with the Blue team as Cole Chiappialle continues to pound away with a 6 carry, 37 yard effort. Chiappialle makes it 10-0 on fourth down from the 1-yard line.
After a short drive by the White squad, Ryan Keiser intercepts a pass setting up a one-play drive to put the Blue team up 17-0 after a Cole Chiappialle breaks off a 20 yard touchdown run. 17-0 Blue.
Chiappialle: 9 carries, 63 yards, 2 touchdowns.
Hackenberg: 4-10 for 43 yards
O'Connor: 7-10 for 48 yards
CJ Olaniyan: 5 tackles, 3 for a loss
Da'Quan Davis: 4 tackles
State College native Matthew Baney with a pick-6 to open the second half. 23-0.
The Blue team goes reverse and Geno Lewis throws to a wide open Matt Zanellato for a 56-yard score. 30-0.
Trevor Williams with an interception to the 10 yard line will set up a first and goal for the Blue team.
Kyle Cater is hit and fumbles the ball on the opening play of the game's final quarter giving the White team another shot at breaking onto the scoreboard. That dream is short lived though and the White team goes 3-and-out.
DeAndre Thompkins with a 22-yard run showing off the field. A double reverse set up the play.
A Kyle Carter catch sets up a first and goal at the four yard line and an Akeel Lynch puts Blue ahead 36-0 and a PAT as the clock winds down makes it a 37-0 final.