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Live Blog: No. 6 Penn State vs. Akron

Greetings from Beaver Stadium, Penn State fans! James Franklin and his No. 6 Nittany Lions begin one of the program’s most-anticipated seasons in recent years with a noon kickoff against Akron, live on ABC. We’ll have updates throughout today’s season opener on this page, including analysis, photos, tweets, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need and here are our staff predictions.

Fourth Quarter

0:00 — That’s it, folks. The Nittany Lions put up 577 yards of offense to rout Akron, 52-0.

4:18 — The past two Penn State drives ended with the team’s first two punts of the game. Penn State leads 52-0.

Third Quarter

1:02 — Penn State goes up 45-0 thanks to the deadly McSorley-Gesicki combo.

6:01 — Tyler Davis hit his first field goal of the year.

15:00 — Penn State came back in the second half with its starters still on the field.

Second Quarter

4:49 — Another one! Penn State leads 28-0 after that Barkley three-yard touchdown run.

8:48 — After Saquon Barkley was called out of bounds on a 87-yard touchdown run, Trace McSorley finished the job with a 4-yard rush to make it 21-0, Penn State.

11:00 — After a DaeSean Hamilton dropped touchdown pass, Tyler Davis missed his 39-yard field goal attempt to keep the score 14-0.

First Quarter

0:49 — Trace McSorley makes it 14-0 Lions with a touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki.

5:38 — Amani Oruwariye recorded his second career interception.

8:13 — DeAndre Thompkins takes a punt return 61 yards to the house for Penn State’s first punt return touchdown since Derrick Williams at Wisconsin in 2008.

9:21 — Penn State moved well into Akron territory, but Trace McSorley threw an interception in the end zone to turn it over on the Nittany Lions’ first drive.

Penn State threw often on that first drive despite the wet weather as Saquon Barkley did not receive a carry.

12:30 — DeAndre Thompkins takes a punt return to 26-yard line to give Penn State’s offense the ball for the first time this season.

15:00 — Penn State won the toss and deferred until the second half.


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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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