Hackenberg leads Penn State to Pinstripe Bowl victory

December 28, 2014 - Finding Carter


NEW YORK – The 2013 chronicle of Christian Hackenberg reappeared Saturday, and not a impulse too shortly as distant as Penn State was concerned.

Hackenberg went 34 for 50 for 371 yards and 4 touchdowns, a final a 10-yarder to parsimonious finish Kyle Carter in overtime, lifting a Nittany Lions to a 31-30 feat over Boston College in a fifth book of a Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.

And after he capped an often-frustrating sophomore deteriorate with such a clever performance, he reminded reporters of something: “It’s not about me.”

It’s always about a quarterback, though. Always. Especially one as gifted as he is. It’s about anticipating a approach to strengthen him, and finally a Lions (7-6) did. Sacked a school-record 42 times during a unchanging season, he was forsaken usually once on Saturday.

It’s also about a receivers developing, and it appears they have. Four opposite guys held touchdown passes – Carter, Geno Lewis, Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton. Eight opposite guys held passes, and 3 of those – Hamilton, Godwin and Lewis – led a approach with 7 receptions apiece. Godwin accounted for 140 yards (72 on his TD squeeze in a initial quarter), a initial 100-yard day of his beginner season.

In rallying his group from a 21-7 third-quarter deficit, Hackenberg matched his career high with his 4 scoring passes, and equaled a Penn State play record. His completions and flitting yards were also PSU play marks.

But a concentration was some-more on a smaller picture. On a fact that Hackenberg had thrown 4 TD passes over his prior 10 games. That a usually other time he had thrown for some-more than one in a diversion before Saturday was in his second outing, when he had 3 opposite squalid Akron.

He showed his disappointment some-more than once. Some feverishness came his way, yet not all of it was justified. 

“I attempted all deteriorate prolonged to inhibit that as most as we could, not since we didn’t consider Christian could hoop it, though since … everybody is articulate about Christian, Christian, Christian,” manager James Franklin said. “That wasn’t unequivocally a issue. We had to make certain we grown a guys around him.”

The line never unequivocally came around all season, though on Saturday it hung in there after losing ensure Miles Dieffenbach to a leg damage in a initial half. That was due in partial to a fact that partner coaches Ricky Rahne and Herb Hand had a good hoop on BC’s defensive tendencies, Franklin said.

As for a receivers, Carter pronounced they benefitted severely from carrying a month to work on things after a finish of a unchanging deteriorate – to spend time “just focusing on ourselves, not focusing on BC,” as he put it.

“We all know we have a good quarterback on this team,” Carter said. “It’s unequivocally only about us being means to get open, us being means to get separation. He’ll really glow it in there when he needs to.”

Hackenberg was further helped by a time off. It helped him get his mind and physique right. 

But again, it’s not only about him.

“Everyone was means to get their legs underneath them,” he said. “Everyone was means to rest adult a small bit. Everyone was means to ready a small more.”

And, he added, “Every day we came in and only attempted to work as tough as we could to turn a improved actor — with a coaching staff and a players around me, try to be a best teammate we could be, and pull these guys to take their diversion to a subsequent level. That’s a large purpose as a quarterback, generally during Penn State: You need to be means to rouse everybody else’s play when need be, and we consider we were means to do that today.”

The 72-yarder to Godwin was a strain down a right sideline in a initial quarter, on that Hackenberg stood high opposite a blitz. Boston College (7-6) reeled off a subsequent 21 points, though Hackenberg dismissed a seven-yard TD pass to Lewis late in a third entertain – a round that was deflected by defensive behind Justin Simmons – and threaded a 16-yarder to Hamilton with 6:48 left in law to tie it.

Somehow cornerback Ty-Meer Brown didn’t prevent it. Somehow it found a approach to Hamilton.

“It was really tighten (to a pick),” Hamilton said. “Hack put that in a tightest window possible. we don’t know how he squeezed that in there. Luckily we was only means to make a play on it.”

BC’s Mike Knoll kicked a 20-yard margin idea to make it 24-21 with 2:10 left in regulation, though Hackenberg threw 5 true finish passes to set adult Sam Ficken’s game-tying 47-yarder with 20 seconds left.

The Eagles had a round initial in overtime, and Tyler Murphy found David Dudeck for a 21-yard TD, partial of a superb day by a BC QB. He went 11-for-19 for 97 yards and dual scores, and ran 11 times for 105 yards and another TD, adjoining a 148-yard day of tailback Jon Hilliman.

But after Dudeck’s TD, Knoll pulled his additional indicate far-reaching right.

Hackenberg found parsimonious finish Jesse James for 17 yards on third-and-15, afterwards lofted a game-winner to Carter in a left dilemma of a finish section on 3rd-and-7. Carter simply out-maneuvered a unsuccessful Brown for a catch, and Ficken combined a PAT to win it.

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