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Hackenberg sets Penn State freshman passing record in win

Christian Hackenberg, Pat O'Connor AP

Penn State fans are dreaming big when it comes to freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. In just his second start for the Nittany Lions, and his first in Beaver Stadium, the five-star recruit set a new freshman passing record by passing for 311 yards in Penn State’s 45-7 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

Zack Mills previously held the freshman passing record for Penn State, with 280 yards in two different games in 2001 (Ohio State, Southern Mississippi). Hackenberg passed for one passing touchdown and was intercepted once, but progress is already visible under center.

Hackenberg completed 23 of 33 pass attempts and settled down after getting off to a rocky start in his first home game at Penn State. Hackenberg was throwing passes above his receivers early and he lost a fumble when a ball slipped out of his hand. Eastern Michigan scooped up the football and returned it for a touchdown, the only time the Eagles scored. Bill O’Brien stuck with the freshman though, showing faith that he would settle down if given time. It paid off this weekend.

Hackenberg was replaced by junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson with the game all but decided in the fourth quarter. Penn State improved to 2-0, reversing the outcome of the first two games a season ago. Next week Penn State hosts Blake Bortles and Central Florida.

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6 Responses to “Hackenberg sets Penn State freshman passing record in win”
  1. giahead33 says: Sep 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    WE ARE..………PENN STATE!!!!

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 7, 2013 8:37 PM

    We sure as *heck* are, baby!!!!!

  3. jkulha86 says: Sep 7, 2013 8:50 PM

    Hackenberg has a shot at being a great QB. I just hope the media doesn’t start hyping him up and watch every move like they did with Pryor, Tebow, and now Manziel

  4. mancave001 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:45 PM

    Glad he settled. He definitely has a cannon, but I was worried with the overthrows and fumble, funniest part was watching Big 10 network talk about how they were just going to keep running it. Next play was lob over the top to wife open receiver who scored.

  5. drexelvol says: Sep 8, 2013 12:27 PM

    Um, yeah…they played Eastern Michigan, not University of Michigan.

  6. tobeexact says: Sep 8, 2013 12:40 PM

    Here is the best part in my opinion,he is a true freshman qb and has been putting up better numbers then most of the supposedly three to four year starters including hiesman canadite braxton miller against better cupcake teams as they are called. And if he didnt sit almost the entire fourth quarry this week he would easily have been over 400 yrds, that and the fact that even under obrien penn state shows class in not running up the score , like sec,big twelve and pac twelve teams do. Braxton miller in three years is lucky if he has had two games over 300 yards.
    And the media and sports guru’s are not giving penn state any credit at all, this team even though they didnt have to be to 65 scholarship players until next year(but maybe not, depending on certain outcomes) is playing with only 65 and still doing what teams with 85 are doing.
    If the one lawsuit gets legs at the end of october , then the sanctions will be put on.hold until its down a few years from now. Then we shall see what happens when they work on an even playing field with other schools. And from what ive seen after two weeks from all the other big time schools , they all have issues to get fixed or they get beat by penn state.

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