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[Live Blog] Blue-White Game 2015

Good afternoon, Penn State fans! The Blue Team (0-0) will face the White Team (0-0) in today’s spring scrimmage in Beaver Stadium. This is James Franklin’s staff’s second Blue-White Game, after last year’s 37-0 blowout in favor of the Blue squad.

We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including game analysis, photos, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need, here are key players to watch in today’s game, and here’s our staff predictions. Check out Blue’s roster here and White’s here.

End 4Q: Blue defeats White by a final score of 17-7. Touchdowns were scored by Lynch, Blacknall, and Scott. Scott finished with a game-high 77 yards on the ground, while Blacknall led all receivers with six receptions for 71 yards. Hackenberg was the game’s premier quarterback, and he finished 17-for-29 with 180 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

6:01 4Q: Billy Fessler is on in relief of Hackenberg. After picking up two quick first downs, he almost threw a pick and then overthrew his man on a screen pass.

6:34 4Q: Blue’s long drive killed most of the second half, and White followed it up with another three-and-out.

4:54 3Q: Blue took over at the 25-yard line, and in a handful of plays (including a 41-yard pass from Hackenberg to Blacknall), ended up on White’s doorstep. Blacknall finished off the drive with a catch in the end zone to give his team the 17-7 lead.

8:09 3Q: Blue got the ball back, but on its first play Hackenberg’s pass was picked by Bryant Harper. On the ensuing drive, Nick Scott broke out of an Anthony Zettel tackle and took the ball to the house to cut into Blue’s lead, 10-7.

12:00 3Q: The second half (two 12-minute quarters) started with Joe “the Big Toe” Julius blasting his third kickoff of the day through the back of the end zone.

Dan Pasquariello won the halftime punt-off over Robby Liebel, and will look to retain his punting duties after being relied upon for most of the second half of last season.

Halftime: The Blue side leads 10-0 at halftime, thanks to a touchdown run from Akeel Lynch and a Chris Gulla field goal. Hackenberg was sacked five times in the half, but finished 13-for-22 with 107 yards. Geno Lewis and Saeed Blacknall caught four catches each for the Blue team, while White’s leading performers were Nick Scott (22 yards on six tries) and Luke Vadas (13 yards on two catches).

1:00 2Q: A once-promising drive came to a halt for the Blue team as Hackenberg was sacked yet again on 3rd down to force a punt.

5:40 2Q: White’s drive was quickly stifled by the Blue defense, and Hackenberg took the field near the 50-yard line on the next drive.

10:02 2Q: A three-and-out from the White squad brings Blue back on to the field, but the drive is quickly ended by a Curtis Cothran sack.

13:30 2Q: Chris Gulla got the call as the kicker for the Blue team, and he sent a 25-yarder through the uprights to give his team the 10-0 lead.

The first quarter was all Blue, as it totaled 135 yards of offense while White mustered 37. Akeel Lynch led all players in yards with 55 and the game’s lone touchdown.

0:00 1Q: Blue is in the midst of a very long drive, having started at its own 10-yard line. Geno Lewis has been all over the field with four catches on the drive. Heading into the second, the score is 7-0 in favor of the Blue side.

7:00 1Q: Running back Nick Scott started off White’s drive with a 25-yard dash, but his team didn’t pick up any more downs after that.

9:28 1Q: Hackenberg’s unit went three-and-out, as he was sacked on third down for the first time of the day.

10:47 1Q: Tommy Stevens’ first drive at the helm of the Penn State offense was quick, ending as he barely missed an outstretched Gordon Bentley on a third-down heave.

11:41 1Q: After a quick drive that saw the Hackenberg-Blacknall connection multiple times, a quick Akeel Lynch scamper from the 22-yard line puts the Blue team ahead, 7-0.

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Pregame

Captains from both sides met at midfield with former Penn State football player Devon Still for the coin toss, and the crowd went wild as the announcer brought up Leah‘s name.

The pregame kicking competition was a thriller, and ended with Joey Julius and Tyler Davis sharing the title. Both consistently made kicks from 55 yards out, which ties the in-game Penn State record for distance.

Though kickoff is right around the corner, fans are getting the most out of their tailgates.

Per Ben Jones, quarterback Trace McSorley isn’t dressed, meaning we won’t see one of Hackenberg’s potential backups play this afternoon. McSorley’s absence from the field means that the fans will get to see a lot more from Tommy Stevens.

Per Audrey Snyder, we won’t get a look at tight end Brent Wilkerson or wide receivers DeAndre Thompkins and Chris Godwin. Adam Breneman will be making his return to the Beaver Stadium field, however.

Time before kickoff is winding down, but the Creamery is as packed as always.

The fields surrounding Beaver Stadium were packed all morning in celebration of the weekend.

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With four hours to go before kickoff, James Franklin looked as confident as ever as he entered the stadium.

For a lot of fans, the best part of the first game at Beaver Stadium this year is the return to the tailgating scene.

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

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