Penn State Football: Friday Review- Penn State vs UCF

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2nd Quarter:

Early on in the second quarter the UCF Knights would use their short field posistion to their advantage and cut Penn State’s lead to four thanks to a Shawn Moffit field goal.

Alright in our first highlighted play of the second quarter, we see another quick glimpse at Christian Hackenberg’s pocket presence and football awareness. After seeing nobody open and a nice opening in the offensive line and deciding to rush for a seven yard gain.

Just a few plays later, Hackenberg would make another nice throw under pressure as he finds Jesse James open and hits the tall and length tight end right in the chest.

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  • As the two plays above, this drive by Chrsitian Hackenberg was probably his best in the game as he shows off his arm strength and accuracy while throwing on the run down field on this nice pass to DaeSean Hamilton to get the Nittany Lions into the redzone.

    The Nittany Lions offense would struggle in the redzone never being able to find enough space for Hackenberg to find room to throw in. Sam Ficken would make a 22-yard field goal to give Penn State the 10-3 lead.

    In our second bad play here we see Christian Hackenberg take a bad sack to end the first half on a 4th and 25. We see a little bit of a lack of awareness for Hackenberg here as he doesn’t try to get the ball out of his hands and steps right into pressure. The right play here for Hackenberg would have been to throw it away, yes it would still result in a turnover on downs but it wouldn’t allow the opposition to be closer to scoring. Against a good offense, these mistakes could make or break a game

    Fortunately for Hackenberg the Nittany Lions defense would bail him out as they sack UCF quarterback Justin Holman who took over for Pete DiNovo in the second quarter. The Nittany Lions defensive line shows and applies pressure on Holman as they are able to trip him causing a sack to end the first half.

    At the end of the first half, the Nittany Lions would lead UCF 10-3 thanks to a  17-for-26, 238-yard first half by Christian Hackenberg.