The Penn State Nittany Lions capped off a thrilling victory on Saturday night with a touchdown in the fourth overtime. The Nittany Lions, down 10 points in the fourth quarter, tied the game at the end of regulation before winning 43-40 in overtime.
True freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg was handed the ball down seven points with just 50 seconds remaining in the game and no timeouts. Hackenberg orchestrated a brilliant drive, making huge throws and going 80 yards in just 29 seconds. The tying drive was capped by a one-yard touchdown plunge by Hackenberg.
In overtime, the Nittany Lions overcame a missed field goal and a fumble to pull out the thrilling victory.
In the first overtime, kicker Sam Ficken, who’s had a great season so far, missed a 40-yard field goal. Michigan had a chance to win the game with a 40-yarder of its own, but the kick was blocked by Kyle Baublitz.
After trading field goals in the second overtime, the Nittany Lions seemed to cough up any chance at victory when Allen Robinson fumble on the first play of the third overtime. However, Penn State dodged a bullet when Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons pushed a game-winning, 33-yard field goal attempt wide left.
Michigan was able to get a field goal in the fourth overtime, but it wasn’t enough for a victory. Penn State scored on a five-yard run by Bill Belton. The Nittany Lions’ drive included a conversion on a gutsy fourth-down call in field goal range.
Hackenberg finished the game 23 of 44 for 305 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also added the game-tying score on the ground. Brandon Felder led the Penn State receivers with 97 yards and two touchdowns. Bill Belton, who scored the winning touchdown, led the team with 27 carries for 85 yards.
For the Wolverines, quarterback Devin Gardner put up solid numbers, throwing for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 121 yards. Wide receiver Devin Funchess had four catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
The victory was Penn State’s fourth-straight over the Wolverines.
Penn State gets another bye next week before heading to Columbus to take on Ohio State in a primetime matchup on October 26.
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