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Penn State-Nebraska Live Blog: Nebraska Wins 23-20 in Overtime

by on November 23, 2013 1:45 PM


Penn State will go on offense first to start the overtime period after Nebraska wins the toss and opts to play defense first. Three plays and Sam Ficken is wide right on his field goal from 37-yards out. Nebraska ends up in the exact same situation but a false start sets Nebraska back for a 42 yard kick which is good.

Fourth Quarter:

Penn State is driving the ball as the third quarter ends and will face a 3rd and three on Nebraska's 46. Hackenberg hits Jesse James wide open in the flat and James races his way into the endzone to put Penn State up 20-17. Nebraska goes three-and-out after Mike Hull makes a big tackle to set up a 4th and 6. Penn State will get the ball back with just over 13 minutes to play in the game at its 24.

The Nittany Lions move the ball a short distance and an uncharacteristic drop by Allen Robinson sets up a punt. Nebraska will get the ball on its own 14 with 11:28 to go in the game. Penn State's defense makes a stand and it's three and out again for Nebraska.

Penn State goes three and out yet again and a punt sets the Cornhuskers up on their own 26 with 8:56 to go.

Nebraska seemingly has scored on a 68-yard catch and run but a personal foul call brings the ball back to just inside Penn State's 30.

The Cornhuskers drive it to the goal line but a false start penalty backs Nebraska back up to the 6 and a stop by Brandon Bell sets up a third and goal from the five with 4:52 to go in the game. Brandon Bell makes a stop on the goal line and it sets up a game tying field goal from the 1. It is good and the game is tied 20-20 with 4:29 to go. The drive lasted 12 play and 73 yards.

Penn State drives the ball but settles for a punt, pinning the Cornhuskers at the five with 1:35 to go in the game. O'Brien calls a timeout following first down setting up second and 9 with 1:27 to go. Nebraska fumbles again and recovers it on the one. Penn State calls another timeout setting up third and 14 with 1:22 to go in the game.

A defensive pass interference call on third down gives Nebraska new life at its own 16 with just over a minute to play. The Cornhuskers can't move the ball and we're headed to overtime for the fourth Big Ten game in the last five to be played in Beaver Stadium.

Third Quarter:

Penn State starts with the ball at the 28 and goes to Zwinak for 7 yards to open the quarter. Penn State can't move the ball far as Hackenberg continues to struggle and the Nittany Lions punt the ball away. Nebraska starts with the ball just inside the 20.

Facing a third down, Penn State forces another fumble and Christian Hackenberg scrambles into the endzone from 7-yards out to give Penn State a 13-7 lead. Penn State has yet to turn the ball over while the Cornhuskers have done so twice, both within the 20s.

Nebraska responds with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put Nebraska back up 14-13 with 10:22 to go in the third quarter.

Penn State can't move the ball far on the ensuing possession and settles for a punt giving Nebraska the ball inside their own 40. Nebraska returns the favor with a three and out their own. A 52-yard punt is downed at Penn State's one.

Hackenberg connects on a 43-yard bomb to Robinson but is intercepted while scrambling two plays later. The Cornhuskers take over at their own 48. The Nebraska defender was able to tip the ball in to the air and catch it before going out of bounds. 

Nebraska is able to drive the ball 9-plays and 30 yards before settling for a 39-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-13.

Halftime: Nebraska leads 7-6

Second Quarter:

Nebraska will start the quarter with a second-and-7 on their own 26. A 15-yard gain converts the yardage. A few plays later a 27-yard pass down the middle of the field ties the game. The extra point gives the Cornhuskers the lead. Penn State begins to respond quickly with a 19-yard pass to Brandon Felder. Akeel Lynch loses yards on his first play of the game. The drive stalls and Butterworth punts to give Nebraska the ball back on the 15. The Cornhuskers struggle to move the ball on first and second down thanks to a good pass rush and a third down pass is too short by only feet and Nebraska will punt on fourth-and-1 from its own 24.

A knuckle-ball punt gives Penn State the ball in good field position and a 12-yard pass to Allen Robinson gets Penn State to its own 49. The drive stalls though as Brandon Felder drops an important down pass and Butterworth's punt is blocked giving Nebraska the ball on Penn State's 49.

Nebraska struggles to move the ball setting up a third down on Penn State's 36 and a 14-yard completion moves the Cornhuskers into the redzone. Facing a third and one on Penn State's three, the ball is fumbled and recovered by Penn State. The play is quiet similar to the one last year at Nebraska where Nittany Lion tight end Matt Lehman had seemingly scored but was hit and fumbled the ball.

The fumble today was forced by senior Malcolm Willis, his first career forced fumble.

Penn State can't move the ball but manages to dodge a bullet by preventing the score.

The Nittany Lion defense comes up big though and stops Nebraska on third and short with a loss of yards. Penn State calls a timeout and will get the bal back with 1:45 to go in the half. The Nittany Lions will start at their own 18. Penn State moves the ball a short distance but drops and runs force a punt. Nebraska kneels out the end of the half with 7 seconds to go.

First Quarter

Penn State will kick to open the game and we're underway here in a snowy Beaver Stadium. Nebraska will start at the 22 to open the game. Nebraska goes three and out and will punt. Nebraska tried to attack the outside of Penn State's defense and only gained significant yardage on third down but came up shot.

The ensuing punt is fumbled and recovered by Penn State who will start on its own 24. The Nittany Lions go three-and-out after a Zwinak gains 7 yards and 2 yards on first and second down. Geno Lewis drops a pass in coverage that would have been just enough on third-and-one. A 46-yard punt by the senior Butterworth will give Wisconsin the ball on its 18.

Abdullah breaks a 24-yard gain on first down and shows why he is one of the more underrated backs in the nation. Penn State stuffs a short third down run and Nebraska will be on to punt it away. Penn State will start at the 11 after a nice defensive stop by the defense.

Hackenbergs makes a nice scramble and pass to save a safety and gains five yards. Zwinak continues to drive his legs well with gains of 7 and 11 yards. Zwinak had a strong game last season against Nebraska as well. He has 27 yards on 4 carries already. Penn State's drive stalls but another punt by Butterworth sets the Cornhuskers up at their own 10.

Penn State stops Nebraska with great pressure in the back field and a 25-yard punt return by Jesse Della Valle gives Penn State the ball at the Nebraska 40. Zwinak continues to carry the load with power runs and short busts of speed following his blocks. Allen Robinson makes a nice 11 yard catch to set up a first and goal as he created separation from his receiver to sit alone in coverage as Hackenberg rolled to his right. Adam Breneman catches a short touchdown lob and Penn State goes up 6-0 after a missed extra point. The drive lasted 8-plays for 40 yards and 3:49.

A hold on the ensuing kick return backs Nebraska up but the Cornhuskers move the ball out to their own 26 as the first quarter ends.

Belton Out: Penn State running back Bill Belton is in street clothes as teams warm up. A few outlets are reporting that Belton is out with illness.


There are only 60 minutes left for Penn State seniors to enjoy the sights and sounds of Beaver Stadium. A 3:30 meeting with Nebraska will define how their career's end within the friendly confines of Happy Valley. It's a winnable game for both teams which should equal some entertaining football for fans and observers alike. 

Nebraska enters the game 7-3 on the year and is primarily led by Ameer Abdullah and a pounding ground attack. The Cornhuskers have battled injury all season, losing quarterback Taylor Martinez and are now led with Tommy Armstrong Jr under center.

On the sidelines Nebraska is led by Bo Pelini who is 56-23 in his sixth year at the helm of the Cornhusker program. Pelini has led Nebraska to back-to-back defeats of the Nittany Lions.

If Penn State wins, the Nittany Lions would not only secure a winning season, but a season of undefeated conference play at home.


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