In a bit of shocking upset, the Penn State Nittany Lions went into Camp Randall Stadium as huge underdogs, but defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 31-24. The win gave the Nittany Lions seven wins for the season and head coach Bill O’Brien his second-straight winning season. After a year that had its share of good and bad, the win was a great way to end 2013 and build momentum for next season.
Below is a look at Penn State’s players of the game for the season finale.
Offense: Christian Hackenberg, 21-30, 339 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
True freshman Christian Hackenberg finished off his first season as quarterback on a very high note. This was easily his best game of the season as he led the Nittany Lions to the upset victory at Wisconsin. After struggling a bit the past few weeks, Hackenberg played a complete game and showed why he was sought after by all of the top schools. His four touchdowns were the most he had thrown in a single game. Penn State fans should be very hopeful, as the future looks bright thanks to the arm of Hackenberg.
Honorable Mention: Geno Lewis, Allen Robinson
Defense: Mike Hull, 7 total tackles
The entire Penn State defense played a great game and contained one of the best running teams in the country. This was a total team effort, making it difficult to name a player of the game. I’ll give the nod to Mike Hull, who led the Nittany Lions with seven tackles. He played an important role by patrolling the second level of the Penn State defense and preventing any big plays, especially on the ground. Saturday’s performance in Madison was one of the best of the season for the Nittany Lions on defense.
Honorable Mention: Anthony Zettel, C.J. Olaniyan
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