[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Indiana
Good morning from Bloomington, Indiana, where Penn State (3-1) opens their Big Ten schedule against the Indiana Hoosiers (2-2). Penn State will look to improve its all-time record against the Hoosiers to 17-0 this afternoon at a rainy Memorial Stadium. We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including updates, game analysis, photos, and more. Sports editor Zach Berger and staff writer Alex Robinson are in the press box, while Grant Brown will be on the field taking photos.
3:34 p.m. — Penn State turns the ball over on downs with 1:34 left, and the Nittany Lions are out of timeouts. Indiana will beat Penn State for the first time ever, 44-24.
3:21 p.m. — After a failed onside kick attempt, Indiana goes 3 and out, but uses almost two minutes of game clock, and punts the ball to the 2 yard line. Hackenberg is sacked on the next play, fumbles, and the ball is recovered in the end zone for a safety. 44-24 Indiana, 5:40 left.
3:12 p.m. — After a long catch by Kyle Carter to get them into the red zone, Penn State finally scores a touchdown. Bill Belton makes the catch in the back of the end zone, Sam Ficken adds the extra point, and it’s 42-24 Indiana with 7:44 left.
3:09 p.m. — Not even Allen Robinson’s career day is helping the Nittany Lions today, as they’ve been outscored 29-3 in the last 13:48 by the Hoosiers.
3:04 p.m. — Eugene Lewis fumbles the ensuing kickoff, and Indiana recovers at the 10 yard line. Tre Roberson rushes for his 2nd touchdown of the game, and it’s 42-17 Indiana. Keep in mind, the Hoosiers have never beaten Penn State.
2:59 p.m. — This isn’t pretty, folks. Nate Sudfeld connects for his 2nd touchdown of the game, a beautiful 36 yard pass to Kofi Hughes, and the score is 35-17 Indiana. There’s 10:42 left in the 4th quarter, and for the first time today, the Indiana fans are louder than the Penn State fans.
2:56 p.m. — Penn State goes 4 and out on the ensuing drive, after a penalty and loss of yards on first down. Indiana has the ball on the Nittany Lion 33 with just over 11 minutes left.
2:46 p.m. — It’s a two score game, as Indiana scores another touchdown to go up 28-17. Tre Roberson lines up at QB, and takes it up the middle for a 2 yard score. After review, the play is upheld, and Penn State trails by 11 with 14:10 left in the game.
2:42 p.m. — At the end of the 3rd, Indiana leads 21-17. Allen Robinson isn’t being tended to on the sideline, and it looks like he’ll be ready to go for Penn State’s next drive. The Hoosiers are driving, and have the ball on the Nittany Lion 20 yard line. It’ll be 2nd and 5 when play resumes.
2:36 p.m. — After converting three 3rd downs on the drive, Penn State’s offense stalls without Robinson, and has to settle for a 30 yard field goal from Sam Ficken. That’s the 8th field goal for Mr. Automatic on the year. Indiana leads 21-17 with just over 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
2:33 p.m. — Hackenberg throws a fade to Robinson in the back of the end zone, and he lands awkwardly out of bounds. Robinson stays down and has to be helped off the field. It’ll be 3rd down and 6 for the Nittany Lions, but they will be without their greatest weapon.
2:27 p.m. — And Penn State’s defense comes up big! Adrian Amos records his first interception of the year, and Penn State takes over at midfield.
2:24 p.m. — It looks like Indiana may have the momentum, as they force a punt after just 4 offensive plays. Penn State’s defense is out on the field for what may be the most important drive of the game so far, as the Hoosiers will start the drive from their own 27.
2:21 p.m. — Here’s a video of Allen Robinson’s 2nd touchdown of the day, courtesy of the Big Ten Network. It was a 26 yarder from Hackenberg, making the score 14-13 at the time.
2:16 p.m. — Penn State’s lead is short lived, as Indiana goes 75 yards in just 5 plays for a touchdown. Running back Tevin Coleman rushed 44 yards up the middle and was gone. The Hoosiers go for two and convert, and Indiana leads 21-14.
2:12 p.m. — Christian Hackenberg tosses his first of two touchdowns on the day. Penn State leads, 14-13. (Photo by @granttbrown)
2:08 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE! Allen Robinson gets his 2nd TD catch of the day, a 26 yarder from Christian Hackenberg. Sam Ficken tacks on the extra point, and the Nittany Lions lead it 14-13! Robinson has 136 yards on 9 catches and 2 touchdowns so far today.
1:57 p.m. — After 2 first downs, Penn State forces an Indiana punt. The kick goes into the end zone, and Penn State’s first offensive drive will start at their own 20 yard line.
1:53 p.m. — Penn State’s Sam Ficken kicks the ball through the back of the end zone for a touchback, and we’re underway in the 2nd half.
1:52 p.m. — #22 Akeel Lynch, Zach Zwinak, and Bill Belton will need to have a big second half for Penn State to keep pace with Indiana. (Photo by @granttbrown)
1:50 p.m. — Penn State did not look good in the first half. The numbers might say otherwise, but the offense has yet to find their rhythm. Hackenberg should have been intercepted at least twice, and the field goal unit can’t seem to find their groove with Alex Butterworth as the new holder.
The defense, however, has played much better than I had predicted. Led by linebackers Glenn Carson and Mike Hull, Penn State has held Indiana’s high-powered offense to just 13 points. They’ll need to continue to contain Sudfeld and the Indiana offense for Penn State to stay in it.
1:42 p.m. — Halftime stats: Christian Hackenberg is 13-25 passing for 155 yards and a touchdown. Zach Zwinak leads the team with 11 rushes and 49 yards, and Allen Robinson has 91 yards on 6 receptions, including the 46 yard touchdown. Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld has already thrown for 206 yards, with WR Cody Latimer being on the receiving end of 106 of them.
1:33 p.m. — Nate Sudfeld drives Indiana down the field, and the Hoosiers tack on another field goal as time expires in the first half. After 30 minutes in Bloomington, it’s 13-7 Indiana.
1:24 p.m. — After Hackenberg throws 3 incompletions on the following drive, Sam Ficken’s 42 yard attempt is blocked. It’s still 10-7 Indiana, and the Hoosiers have 1:48 to put together a drive before halftime.
1:12 p.m. — Mike Hull with the stop! In his first game back since being injured against Syracuse, the senior linebacker stops running back Tevin Coleman for no gain on 3rd down, and forces a Mitch Ewald field goal from 24 yards out. It’s 10-7 Indiana with just under 7 minutes left in the 2nd.
1:09 p.m. — After two long pass plays, Indiana is in the red zone again. Sudfeld hits Cody Latimer for 26 yards and Kofi Hughes for 37 yards on consecutive plays, and the Hoosiers are on the Penn State 7 yard line. Coach O’Brien calls his first timeout of the game with 7:14 left in the 2nd.
1:01 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE! Allen Robinson breaks loose for a 46 yard touchdown from Christian Hackenberg along the sideline. The offense goes 56 yards in just 4 plays, and the game is tied at 7-7 with 9:16 left in the 2nd.
12:58 p.m. — The Nittany Lions don’t do much with their good field position, and have to punt it away. Christian Hackenberg commits an intentional grounding penalty, and Alex Butterworth is on for his 3rd punt of the day. Penn State’s defense gets another 3-and-out though, and the offense will have it again at their 45 yard line. Both offenses are struggling to get in a rhythm.
12:46 p.m. — Penn State forces a 3-and-out and has their best field position of the day. Hackenberg and Co. will take over at their own 45 yard line with 13:50 left in the 2nd quarter.
12:40 p.m. — It’s the end of the 1st quarter in Bloomington. Hackenberg is 7-15 for 68 yards, Bill Belton is the team’s leading rusher with 26 yards, and Kyle Carter has 2 catches for 32 yards. The Nittany Lion defense has given up 88 yards passing to Nate Sudfield, however, and the Nittany Lions trail 7-0.
12:38 p.m. — Hackenberg misses Geno Lewis on 3rd down, and Penn State is again forced to punt, but Butterworth pins Indiana deep at the 7 yard line. Allen Robinson made his 108th career catch on the drive, and moved into the top-10 on the all-time Penn State receiving list. He is the 14th Nittany Lion to record 1500 career receiving yards.
12:32 p.m. — And the Hoosiers are on the board first, as Nate Sudfeld connects with Isaiah Roundtree for a touchdown. Indiana goes 66 yards in just 44 seconds to take a 7-0 lead with 3:05 left in the first quarter.
12:30 p.m. – Penn State can’t seem to get anything going offensively. Hackenberg is hit as he throws on 3rd down, and the pass falls incomplete. Alex Butterworth is back on to punt. 3:49 left in the first quarter, and we’re still scoreless in Memorial Stadium.
12:25 p.m. — Indiana is stopped on 4th down! A Stephen Obeng-Agyapong tackle at the line of scrimmage stuffs Indiana’s Stephen Houston, and the Nittany Lions have the ball.
12:21 p.m. — Another Penn State drive stalls deep in Indiana territory, and the field goal snap is botched. Sam Ficken recovers the fumble, but it’s a loss of 31, and Indiana is in Penn State territory for the first time today.
12:15 p.m. — Penn State forces a 3-and-out on Indiana’s first offensive drive. A sack by Anthony Zettel, his first of the year, brings on the punt team for Indiana. Penn State will have the ball at their own 36.
12:10 p.m. — After a 12 play drive and 5 first downs, including Kyle Carter’s first catch since returning from injury, Penn State stalls on 4th down. A Christian Hackenberg pass intended for Allen Robinson falls incomplete over the middle. First down Indiana at their own 22 yard line.
12:00 p.m. — Penn State wins the toss and elects to receive. The opening kick is returned by Eugene Lewis for 22 yards. It’s game time!
10:51 a.m. – It’s a little rainy here in Bloomington, but Big Ten football starts for the Nittany Lions today whether there’s rain or shine. About 30 players have headed onto the field to begin warming up. We’re just over an hour shy of kickoff.