Penn State-Indiana Live Blog: Indiana Wins 44-24
Conference play is in full swing today as the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1) are set to face the Indiana Hoosiers (2-2) in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The Nittany Lions enter the game coming off of a bye week that followed a 34-0 shutout victory against Kent State. Indiana won its opener against 73-35 before losing a close game to Navy 41-35. The Hoosiers beat Bowling Green 42-10 in Week 3 and lost to Missouri 45-28 two weeks ago before having a bye. Indiana led by head coach Kevin Wilson who is 7-21 in his third season at the helm. Bill O’Brien is facing Indiana for the second time as Penn State’s head coach and will look to add on to the Nittany Lions’ perfect record (16-0) against the Hoosiers.
Stay here for insight and analysis throughout today's game.
Fourth Quarter: Indiana Up 21-17 To Start The Quarter
Indiana continues a third quarter drive to take a 11 play 75 yard drive that lasted 2:54. Penn State is now down two scores with 14-minutes to play. Points will be a must with the next drive. The Nittany Lions start the drive with a false start and two plays later do it again. The Nittany Lions fall short on 4th and 2 after a pass is deflected and incomplete.
Indiana waits little time to take advantage of the short field and a two play 33 yard drive is all it took to extend the lead. Penn State fumbles the ensuing kick return and it takes one play for Indiana to punch it into the endzone.
Down multiple scores Penn State took to the air and drove the ball 75 yards in 8 plays. Hackenberg was strong during the drive and tossed a 16-yard strike to Bill Belton in the endzone. Penn State failed to recover the onside kick.
Indiana punts the ball away to Penn State but a fumble is recovered in the endzone. Penn State fails to convert on fourth down late in the game and Indiana runs out the clock to finish the game.
Third Quarter: Indiana Up 13-7 To Start The Quarter
Penn State's defense comes up with a big sack and forces a punt after a 7 play 24 yard drive. Jordan Lucas and Mike Hull with the sack on second down. The Nittany Lions were able to pressure the quarterback better during that short drive.
The Nittany Lions start their first drive of the second half with purpose pounding the ball with Zwinak and converting key third downs on a 13 play, 80 yard drive that was capped off by a 26-yard pass to Allen Robinson.
Just like the first time the Nittany Lions scored, Indiana responded quickly and 44-yard TD run by Tevin Coleman to cap off a five play 75 yard drive that lasted all of 1:22.
Penn State struggles to move the ball but Adrian Amos intercepts a tipped pass to give Penn State the ball back only a few plays into Indiana's drive. The interception comes on a play before safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong dropped a sure interception of his own.
The Nittany Lions drive the ball 11 plays and 42 yards but must settle or a field goal by Sam Ficken. Allen Robinson landed hard and left the game under his own power. If Robinson were not to return he would finish the day with 11 catches and 159 yards. Hackenberg now has 251 yards through the air.
Halftime: Indiana Up 13-7
Hackenberg: 13-for-25 for 155 yards and 1 TD.
Zwinak: 11 carries 49 yards.
Robinson: 6 catches 91 yards.
Carson: 6 tackles
Second Quarter: Indiana Up 7-0 To Start The Quarter
Indiana is forced to punt after a short drive thanks to a good effort by the Nittany Lions' defensive front. Deion Barnes was more of a force on that defensive series and Sudfeld had limited time in the pocket as the pass coverage remained tight downfield.
The Nittany Lions move the ball a short distance but an intentional grounding by Hackenberg sets up a long third down which Penn State fails to convert setting up another punt. Indiana responds by going 3-and-out. Penn State has struggled to play well all game but has held Indiana close. If the Nittany Lions are able to get things going on offense it'll open the game wide open.
And just like our plays, 56 yards in 1:38. Penn State moves the ball and a catch and run by Allen Robinson leads to a 46-yard score to tie the game.
Not surprisingly Indiana's offense fires back with an 8 play 68 yard drive. The Hoosiers scored an open touchdown but a penalty took the score off the board. The Nittany Lion defense held and Indiana settled for a field goal to give the Hoosiers a 10-7 lead with just over 7-minutes to go in the first half.
Penn State continues to click on offense with a 12 play 50 yard drive but a blocked 42-yard field goal gives Indiana the ball back. Hackenberg dodged a few bullets during the drive that could have led to interceptions. Hackenberg is 13-for-25 for 155 yards. Penn State has registered 63 yards on the ground so far against a poor Indiana rush defense.
Indiana is able to drive the ball but settles for a field goal as the first half expires. The Hooisers will take a 13-7 lead into the half and will get the ball to start the third quarter.
First Quarter: 0-0
Penn State pounds away on the first two plays and Zach Zwinak picks up 11 yards on the game's first play. The Nittany Lions go to the trick bag early with a 10-yard gain with an end-around to Allen Robinson. Hackenberg can't come up with the fourth-and-5 conversion deep in Indiana territory. While the Nittany Lions didn't come away with points, a 12-play drive is a welcome site for O'Brien.
Penn State's defense forces a three-and-out with Anthony Zettel sacking Nate Sudfeld on third down. Jordan Lucas came up with a nice tackle for a loss on first down to put the Hoosiers off schedule. Indiana lost a total of 11 yards during that short three play drive. A huge stand for a Nittany Lion defense that has had question marks around it all season.
The Nittany Lions drive the ball deep and Sam Ficken comes out to attempt a 31-yard field goal but the snap is low and bounces off the field. Hackenberg is 6-for-11 for 59 yards so far.
Indiana is able to drive the ball with quick passes and little time between plays. Sudfeld was effective during the drive but the Hoosiers come up short inside the Nittany Lion 30 on fourth down and three.
Penn State struggled to move the ball and was forced to punt for the first time on the day. Indiana responded quickly with a few passes by Sudfeld that eventually led to a four-play, 44 yard drive ending in a touchdown. The Hoosier drive lasted 44 seconds putting Indiana up 7-0 with just over 3 minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Nittany Lions were able to move the ball better but totaled only 16 yards before punting again. Penn State's opening 12 play drive is still the best for the Nittany Lions on the day.