[Live Blog] Penn State vs. UMass
Welcome to another Saturday in Happy Valley! The 3-0 Penn State Nittany Lions are set to take on the 0-3 UMass Minutemen in what should be a one sided affair. The Nittany Lions are coming off of an exciting win last Saturday night against Rutgers, a game in which quarterback Christian Hackenberg broke the Penn State career 300 yard game mark. The Nittany Lions are looking to get their struggling running game going against a UMass defense that allows an average of 218 yards a game on the ground.
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Final — That’s the game! Penn State wins it 48-7 and remains undefeated under James Franklin. (photo: Bobby Chen/OS)
7:00 4Q — It’s primarily freshmen and walk-ons in the game now for the Nittany Lions. Both teams are exchanging 3 and outs, and this game is slowly winding down.
14:47 4Q — UMass ruins the shutout. Tajae Sharpe makes a leaping catch and takes it 77 yards to the house. It’s now 48-7 Nittany Lions.
End of third quarter — Sorry about the delay folks, the Beaver Stadium WiFi hasn’t been great today. DJ Crook and the second team offense is in the game, and just scored a touchdown! Brent Wilkerson caught the 11 yard pass from Crook — it was the first career touchdown for both players. Penn State leads 48-0!
8:10 3Q — Touchdown Penn State! Bill Belton lines up in the Wildcat, and hands it to Akeel Lynch who takes it 15 yards to the house! It’s 41-0 Penn State. After that drive, Christian Hackenberg’s day is done. DJ Crook will come into the game to replace him.
11:50 3Q —
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13:23 3Q — After the Minutemen receive the opening kick to start the second half, the Penn State defense holds UMass to a three and out. Penn State has it now, and is driving into UMass territory.
End of 2nd quarter — The Nittany Lions take a 34-0 lead into the second half. Looks like the run game has gained new life, as the unit combined for 149 yards and 4 touchdowns. A positive sign for a unit that has struggled mightily in the first three weeks. The offensive line is having itself a day, paving the way for Belton, Zwinak, and Lynch.
1:01 2Q — A great gang tackle by Nyeem Wartman and Jordan Lucas brings up 4th and short for UMass. As expected, they will go for it. UMass running back J.T. Blyden picks up the 1st.
1:44 2Q — Wildcat sighting! Belton takes the direct snap around the right and brings the Nittany Lions to the 1-yardline.
2:49 2Q — DaeSean Hamilton takes a slant 35-yards to give Penn State some nice field position to work with. Kyle Carter drops a screen, 2nd and goal at the 10 for the Nittany Lions.
3:37 2Q — Zach Zwinak pounds it in from the 5, giving the Penn State its 3rd rushing TD on the day. 27-0 PSU.
4:25 2Q — GENO LEWIS! Christian Hackenberg lets a 38-yarder fly, hits Lewis down the right sideline. Great body control by Lewis. Offsides by UMass on the next play puts Penn State on the 5-yardline.
5:53 2Q — 11-yard completion by Hackenberg to Geno Lewis gives the Nittany Lions a first down. Hold on the following play moves the chains back 10.
7:29 2Q — Frohnapfels’ pass thrown short, brings up a 3rd down for UMass. TAROW BARNEY STRIP SACK. Frohnapfel falls on it, setting up a long 4th-24 for UMass.
9:25 2Q — A hold by the UMass offensive line negates what would have been a 1st down completion. FUMBLE ON THE FOLLOWING PLAY! Mike Hull knocks it loose and Austin Johnson recovers! Big scoring opportunity for the Nittany Lions!
10:11 2Q — TOUCHDOWN BILL BELTON. Set up beautifully by an outside block from TE Mike Gesicki that sends Belton to daylight! 13-0 PSU.
11:17 2Q — Geno Lewis comes up big! 16-yard catch gives the Nittany Lions a 1st down in UMass territory.
13:05 2Q — Hackenberg hits Jesse James on the seam for a 15 yard gain!
13:24 2Q — Turnover on downs! Frohnapfel’s pass sails and the Nittany Lions take over at the 30 yard line.
14:38 2Q — Brandon Bell sacks Frohnapfel for a 10 yard loss, but UMass WR Marken Michel picks up a nice first down. Frohnapfel almost picked off by Adrian Amos on 3rd down, will bring up 4th and 9 for UMass.
End of 1st — PSU ends the quarter with 69 rushing yards and 32 passing yards. Seems as though the offense is getting comfortable keeping the ball on the ground. An encouraging sign for a team that has lacked a reliable rushing attack.
1:52 1Q — Read option from UMass stuffed in its tracks, but Tajae Sharpe picks up the 1st down on the following play.
3:06 1Q — UMass LB Kassan Messiah sacks Hackenberg which brings the field goal unit onto the field. Ficken drills the 40-yarder! 6-0 PSU.
5:05 1Q — Akeel Lynch breaks off a big 46 yard gain, injecting some life into the offense. That was the longest rush of Lynch’s career Nittany Lions in scoring position.
5:22 1Q — Pass intended for UMass WR Tajae Sharpe sails over his head, fair catch made by Jesse Della Valle. PSU ball on the 32 yard line.
6:22 1Q — Hackenberg really off on his throws so far. Throws one into double coverage that was nearly picked off. Luckily Sam Ficken hits the 42-yard field goal. 3-0 Penn State.
7:o2 1Q — Bill Belton shakes and shimmies up the left hash mark for a big gain, but Christian Hackenberg misses Geno Lewis on a post route. 2nd down Nittany Lions.
8:44 1Q — Zwinak stuffed on the 3rd down run, but Christian Hackenberg picks up the first on a QB keeper.
9:43 1Q — First down Zwinak! 1st and 10 on the 45 for Penn State.
11:37 1Q — No signs of life from the running game, as Zach Zwinak stuffed on second down. Jesse James makes big first down grab on the following play.
11:47 1Q — UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel fumbles on first down, unable to pick up the first. UMass field goal attempt goes wide right!
14:02 1Q — Former Nittany Lion Alex Kenney picks up 18 yards on an end around, 1st down UMass.
14:10 1Q — Christian Hackenberg’s first two throws are incompletions, that’ll be a 3 and out for the Nittany Lions.
4:00 p.m. — UMass has won the toss and chose to defer. Von Walker and Grant Haley set to return for the Nittany Lions.
3:57 p.m. — The Nittany Lions take the field! Beaver Stadium is rocking, which means it’s time for some Penn State football.
3:50 p.m. — Raise the song, raise the song!
3:47 p.m. — Drum Major Christopher Siergiej sticks his landing. Now time for the National Anthem!
3:43 p.m. — Here comes the lion!
3:38 p.m — The UMass marching band has taken the field.
3:36 p.m. — “We Are” chants can be heard echoing throughout the stadium, a sound that never gets old.
3:34 p.m. — Player introductions can now be seen on the scoreboards, which will in fact be showing the actual score today.
3:21 p.m. — The team converges in the south end zone, getting ready for pregame stretches.
3:08 p.m. — The stands are slowly beginning to fill in, as the position walkthroughs take place.
2:50 p.m. — The team has arrived and is warming up, it’s 72 degrees and sunny outside — it’s a great day for Penn State football!
If you missed it yesterday, the Onward State staff is optimistic about Penn State’s chances today.