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Penn State Football: Hackenberg Grabs Two Awards Following Game Against Wisconsin

by on December 02, 2013 12:20 PM

Christian Hackenberg might not be taking Penn State to a bowl this season, but the true freshman gave a bowl-worthy performance this past Saturday in a 31-24 upset of No. 15 Wisconsin. 

In a commanding showing, Hackenberg went 21-of-30 for 339 yards and a season-best four touchdown passes. Hackenberg didn't throw a single interception and was not sacked once during the game. All against the nation's ninth ranked pass defense heading into the Saturday contest.

And even though the game may not have had national implications for the Nittany Lions, Hackenberg's performance still turned heads nationally as he was named Athlon Sports the National Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. Hackenberg was also named Big Ten Freshman of The Week for the fifth time this season on Monday morning.

Hackenberg ends the 2013 season with 2,955 yards passing, 20 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 58.9 completion percentage rate.

His 2,955 yards for the season, moves Hackenberg into third place on the Penn State single-season chart. He passed Anthony Morelli (2,651 yards) and Kerry Collins (2,679) vs. Wisconsin and trails only Oakland Raiders signal-caller Matt McGloin (3,266, 2012) and Daryll Clark (3,003 in 2009) on the season list.

Hackenberg’s 231 completions rank fourth at Penn State in a season, one behind Daryll Clark’s 232 completions in 2009 for third.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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