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[Live Blog]: Penn State vs. Georgia

Welcome to the TaxSlayer Bowl. The Nittany Lions (7-5) take on Georgia (9-3) in another noon showdown in the season finale. We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including game analysis, photos, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need, and here’s our staff’s game predictions

Fourth Quarter

End Of Game: McSorely’s Hail Mary attempt is batted down, ending the game.

1:52 — On fourth and short, the stout Penn State defense forces Georgia to turn the ball over on downs in crunch time. The Lions take over with under two to play with no timeouts remaining.

4:39 — Austin Johnson is flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct at the worst possible time, but on the ensuing first down play, Johnson storms into the backfield to engulf Keith Marshall.

7:24 — After a Georgia punt, the Lions drive well into Georgia territory, and keep the drive alive after a McSorely fourth down conversion. Penn State capped off the drive after McSorely hits Hamilton in double coverage to bring Penn State to within one touchdown.

14:00 — Michel is wrapped up in the backfield, and the Bulldogs boot it away. The Lions can make it a one possession game with a touchdown on this drive.

14:21 — Austin Johnson — who may also be playing his final game — explodes through the line for a momentum-swinging sack on Greyson Lambert. The Bulldogs are flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the ensuing play, bringing up 3rd and 18.

14:53 — Touchdown Geno Lewis! McSorely finds him in the back corner after shuffling around in the pocket. That’s his first career touchdown pass. The Lions now trail 24-10.

Third Quarter

End Of Quarter

4:15 —  Sony Michel cuts up the right side, dragging a defender at least five yards once reaching the second level on his way to the endzone. The extra point is good, and the Bulldogs lead 24-3.

6:09 — Lambert scrambles for a first down as the Bulldogs continue to move the chains in Penn State territory.

7:10 — On third down, McSorely goes across the field to Geno Lewis, but the pass sails high. The offense remains on the field on fourth down, but Georgia brings the heat, leaving a frazzled McSorely to force a shuffle pass to Saquon Barkley that falls well short.

8:58 — McSorely misses Hamilton on a screen, moving the Lions back two yards, but finds Godwin two plays later along the right sideline for a first down.

9:56 — On third down, Anthony Zettel charges up the middle gap and brings Lambert to the turf. Georgia misses the ensuing field goal, and the score remains 17-3.

11:15 — McSorely finds a patch of grass on third down, and the Lions punt it away. Isaiah McKenzie takes the short punt deep into Penn State territory.

12:11 — Penn State takes over on its own 20 yard line after a Georgia punt, and Mcsorely’s first throw is nearly intercepted.

14:15 — Marcus Allen forces a fumble, but it rolls out of bounds. On the ensuing play, Lambert hooks up with Mitchell for a first down along the sideline. Georgia is driving early on in the second half.

Second Quarter

End Of Quarter: Georgia heads into the locker room leading 17-3.

0:24 — Lambert connects with Godwin on the same exact play, this time resulting in a Georgia touchdown. The Bulldogs now lead 17-3.

0:47 — First down Michel inside the 20 yard line. Terry Godwin nearly reels the deep shot from Greyson Lambert, but he can’t hold on.

1:54 — Georgia takes over after Trace McSorely is unable to move the chains. The backup was flushed out of the pocket, and was taken down well short of the first down marker. Georgia feeds Sony Michel for a first down at the 41 yard line.

5:04 —  Trace McSorely goes three and out, but James Franklin tries to fool the Bulldogs on a fake punt, but Evan Schwann is brought down well short of the first.

6:46 — The extra point is good, and Georgia leads 10-3.

7:59 — Georgia’s Isaiah McKenzie takes off down the field after Ramsey feeds him the reverse, putting the Bulldogs over the 50. Malcolm Mitchell receives the bomb from receiver Terry Godwin, resulting in a Georgia touchdown.

8:45 — Hackenberg checks out on 3rd and 11, leaving Trace McSorely to take over. He can’t find running room, but Tyler Davis ties it up with a chip shot field goal. The score is now 3-3, and Hackenberg trots to the locker room.

9:47 — Hackenberg delivers a strike to Godwin, who takes a curl route all the way to the 18 yard line. Hackenberg holding his shoulder, but won’t come off the field.

10:30 — Timeout Penn State. Christian Hackenberg is receiving attention from the medical staff during the break.

11:46 — Christian Hackenberg rolls left, picking up a few yards. Brian Gaia is flagged for holding, but Hackenberg falls awkwardly on his throwing shoulder. Per usual, the ever-tough Hackenberg remains in the game and finds Chris Godwin for a first down.

14:03 — New Georgia quarterback Brice Ramsey hands off to Sony Michel for a big gain, putting the Bulldogs near the 50 yard line. On second down, Keith Marshall is blown up by Malik Golden, bringing up third and short. John Reid snuffs out the short third down throw, forcing the Bulldogs to punt. The score remains 3-0.

First Quarter

End Of Quarter

4:00 — Though John Donovan is no longer calling the shots, interim OC Ricky Rahne pulls out the screen to DaeSean Hamilton for a seven yard gain. Hackenberg is drilled on the ensuing play for an incompletion. On third and short, Hackenberg looks for Geno Lewis down the sideline, but can’t connect after Leonard Floyd gets a hit on the battered signalcaller.

5:52 —  A short Penn State possession featured Saquon Barkley’s first good run of the day, but an incomplete pass to Godwin and a Hamilton drop ended it. Penn State punted back to the Bulldogs, who started their next drive at the 25.

9:55 — Georgia had a short field on its first possession, and medium gains mixed with penalties brought it into Penn State territory. An overthrow on third down brought out the field goal unit, and Georgia took a 3-0 lead on a 43 yarder.

15:00 — Hackenberg looked good early. The Lions received to start the game, and after a few impressive catches and three first downs in a row from Godwin, Lewis, and Hamilton, ineffective runs and penalties dropped the Lions back to a 3rd and 18. Hackenberg got blown up on the play and the ball stayed in the air for too long, and Georgia ended the first drive with an interception.


Penn State will receive to start the game.

The Nittany Lions are without linebacker Troy Reeder, who entered the stadium on crutches. Jake Cooper is expected to start at the Will Linebacker.

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