It won’t go down as the finest half of football ever played, but the Lions head to the locker room with a 6-3 lead over the Orange on 2 Sam Ficken field goals.
- The big story early was Allen Robinson’s absence. O’Brien confirmed to ABC that he will play in the 2nd half. No reason was given for the 2 quarter suspension, other than “that’s between Allen and me”.
- As expected, freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg got the start for PSU. He looked very calm in the opening series, running O’Brien’s “NASCAR” no huddle offense, before the drive stalled around midfield. That drive actually ended with a Hackenberg quick kick punt. He also threw 1 interception, getting the ball out late to Kyle Carter on a fade, but all in all, looked comfortable. Tyler Ferguson played 1 series, throwing a nice crossing route to Matt Zanelatto, but then lost a fumble as the ball slipped out of his hand.
- Senior tight end Matt Lehman left the field on a cart after suffering an apparent non-contact knee injury. It did not look good for him. Mike Hull missed some time with a knee injury as well, but did return. Kyle Carter appeared to be dealing with an arm injury as well.
- DE Deion Barnes was the best player on the field for my money. He has yet to record a sack, but has been very noticeable on virtually every play. Stephen Obeng-Agyapong also looked very good, including forcing and recovering a fumble.
- Zach Zwinak started off slow, but was a big part of PSU’s late 2nd quarter surge that set up the 2 Ficken field goals. Bill Belton saw some action, and also returned both Syracuse kickoffs. The 3rd tailback, Akeel Lynch, was also back with Belton on kickoffs, but has yet to take an offensive snap.
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