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Penn State-Kent State Live Blog: Final Penn State Wins 34-0

by on September 21, 2013 2:00 PM

Fourth Quarter:

Sam Ficken punches in a 25-yard field goal to make the score 24-0 with 13:12 to go in the game. Penn State has continued to test the man-to-man coverage on Allen Robinson near the endzone but Hackenberg has yet to get a ball to a place the defender has been unable to break up the pass.

Akeel Lynch breaks off another long run to hit 112 yards on 11 carries. Hackenberg completes a nice pass to Adam Breneman and is now only 24 yards shy of another 200-yard passing day. Penn State marches down the field and Zwinak punches in his third touchdown of the day to make it 31-0 with 6:42 to go. That's two straight games for Zwinak with three touchdowns.

Sam Ficken nails a 54-yard field goal attempt to make the score 34-0 after Tyler Ferguson took over at quarterback to run out the final few minutes of play.

Third Quarter:

Kent State starts the half with the ball but can't move. Penn State gets the ball and Zwinak pounds away for two first down gains. Kent State goes three and out and Penn State will get the ball back. Kyle Baublitz records a nice sack on the Golden Flashes' third down play.

Hackenberg doesn't get enough air under a pass and it's picked off by Kent State. The very next play though Ryan Kesier intercepts new Reardon and Penn State gets the ball back. Kesier has had a strong game on the defensive side of the ball for Penn State.

Penn State can't move the ball thanks to pressure by Kent State and some poor throws by Hackenberg who is now 12-for-30 on the day. It has been ugly to watch, but early season struggles can help a quarterback out in the long run when it comes to maturing and learning from mistakes.

Bill Belton continues to grind away coming up a yard shy from the endzone. Zwinak punches the ball in for his second score of the day. Belton still leads all rushers with 90 yards on 13 carries.

Penn State forces another Kent State punt and responds with a 43-yard run by Akeel Lynch. The Nittany Lions have 149 yards on the ground so far today.

Halftime: Score 14-0

Hackenberg: 11-21 for 142 yards and 1 TD.

Belton: 8 carries for 57 yards and 1 receiving touchdown.

Robinson: 3 catches for 43 yards. 

Felder: 3 catches for 35 yards.

James: 3 catches for 20 yards.

Defense: Carson: 6 tackles, 1.5 TFL.

Second Quarter:

Kent State is forced to punt after a short drive. Penn State's defense doing a much better job tackling and staying in front of offensive players. Deion Barnes has continued to play strong. Adrian Amos has shifted back out to corner in place of Trevor Williams.

Bill Belton breaks off a 28 yard carry after a fantastic change of direction leaves him in wide open space. Belton has 7 carries for 60 yards. Zwinak punches it in from two yards out and Penn State is up 14-0. Hackenberg completed six straight passes over the span of those two drives.

Kent State gets the ball back but struggles to move it. Penn State's defensive line is having maybe its best game of the season. Ryan Keiser with a nice play in the backfield that saw him run through the offensive line has Reardon rolled to his right.

Penn State struggles to move the ball and settles for a punt. Hackenberg is 10-for-17 so far for 127 yards.

Kent State gives Penn State back the ball after a short drive that included a strong open field tackle by Adrian Amos to force fourth down. Kent State has 92 yards of total offense. Penn State can't get out of the shadow of its own endzone and has to punt the ball away. O'Brien has given his young quarterback an earful the past few series but both seem to be on the same page as to where the mistakes are coming from.

Kent State can't drive the ball with a limited amount of time and we're at halftime.

First Quarter: 

Rain if coming down in buckets as both teams take the field. Maybe 80,000 in the stands today. Linebacker Mike Hull is in street clothes for today's game. Kent State will kickoff to start the day.

Penn State goes three and out. An illegal procedure penalty makes it 3rd and 12. Bill Belton can't catch the screen pass from Hackenberg. The rain already playing a factor in the game. 

Kent State can't move the ball very far before missing a 31-yard field goal. The Golden Flashes challenged Trevor Williams at corner several times during the short drive but he was able to answer the call. Reardon went to the endzone on the first play from scrimmage for Kent State but the pass was broken up nicely.

Penn State is able to put together a short drive before a 43-yard punt by Hackenberg puts Kent State inside the 10 yard line. Hackenberg went deep to Robinson a few plays earlier but just overthrew his target. Wet track may have slowed Robinson down a bit.

Kent State moves the ball a short distance but Deion Barnes is able to finally break through and collect his first sack of the season. Barnes has been active so far in the first quarter, getting close to breaking up several plays.

Penn State drives the ball down the field thanks to a well executed 9-play 87-yard drive that was capped off by a 15-yard touchdown catch and run by Bill Belton. Hackenberg is 7-of-10 for 94 yards through the first quarter.


The rain is already falling in State College as Penn State and Kent State prepare for a 3:30 showdown here at Beaver Stadium. Penn State is looking to bounce back from a 34-31 loss to UCF last weekend. Kent State is continuing a three game road trip after losing 45-13 to LSU last week.

For the Golden Flashes' head coach Paul Haynes this marks on the fourth game for him as head coach at Kent State. This isn't the first time Haynes has been to Beaver Stadium though, Haynes was an assistant for Ohio State when the Buckeyes visited State College for a classic meeting in 2005.

Penn State will look to improve head coach Bill O'Brien's 10-5 record in the final game before conference play. The Nittany Lions will travel to take on Indiana on October 5.

Forecast: Rain throughout the game, 6-14 MPH winds.

Stay tuned here for insight, stats, and analysis throughout the game.

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