Longest Game in Big Ten History
UNIVERSITY PARK, - The Penn
State-Michigan game was the longest game in the 118-year gridiron history of
the Big Ten Conference and the longest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) game
this season. Penn State’s previous longest game was its three overtime win over
Florida State in the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl.
Sports has selected Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Palmyra, Va.)
as its National Freshman of the Week after helping the Nittany Lions to a
thrilling 43-40 four overtime win over No. 18 Michigan.
addition, Athlon selected Nittany Lion defensive end C.J. Olaniyan (Warren,
Mich.) as its Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and true freshman Hackenberg
as the conference’s Freshman of the Week.
Bill O’Brien’s Penn State won its fourth consecutive contest against the
Wolverines in front of an all-stadium White Out crowd of 107,884. The Nittany
Lions are 5-1 in games after a loss under O’Brien, the 2012 Big Ten and
national Coach of the Year.
helped Penn State rally from a 10-point deficit with less than 7:00 to play,
forcing overtime by directing an 80-yard touchdown drive, with no timeouts, in
:23. He tied the game at 34-34 with :27 on a one-yard touchdown run, the first
of his career, and the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Wolverines this
was 23 of 44 for 305 yards against Michigan, tying his career-high with three
touchdowns for the second consecutive game. He threw two interceptions. The
former Fork Union Military Academy All-American tossed 12 and 24-yard scoring
strikes to Brandon Felder (Fort Washington, Md.) and a 20-yard touchdown pass
to Jesse James (Glassport) to help Penn State build a 21-10 lead.
Penn State trailing, 34-27, with :50 to play, the Nittany Lions forced a punt
and took possession at its own 20-yard-line with no timeouts. Hackenberg hit
Allen Robinson (Southfield, Mich.) on a 14-yard sideline strike and then Felder
snared a 29-yard completion to the Michigan 37. Robinson then made a leaping
grab at the one-yard-line to set-up Hackenberg’s sneak, sending Beaver Stadium
into a frenzy.
season, Hackenberg is 132 of 226 (58.4) for 1,672 yards, with 11 touchdowns and
six interceptions. He leads the Big Ten in completions and passing yardage
(278.7 ypg), is tied for third in touchdown passes and fourth in total offense.
Hackenberg is the only Big Ten quarterback with multiple 300-yard, three
touchdown efforts this season. The rest of the Big Ten quarterbacks have no
more than two such games.
posted his third 300-yard passing game, tying him with Daryll Clark (2006-09)
for third most in school history. He trails only Matt McGloin’s six 300-yard
games and Kerry Collins’ four career 300-yard efforts. Hackenberg has been
named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season.
delivered his best career game against Michigan, setting career-highs with
eight tackles and 2.5 sacks (minus-18), while also forcing his first career
fumble, which was recovered by DaQuan Jones. He also broke up two passes. A
junior, Olaniyan was instrumental in the Penn State defense not allowing
Michigan to score a touchdown in the four overtime periods and holding the
Wolverines’ running backs to 28 rushing yards on 30 carries.
former Warren Mott High School standout is tied for third in the Big Ten with
3.5 sacks and is tied for fourth with 6.5 TFL.
State (4-2, 1-1) is idle this week and returns to action Oct. 26 at No. 4 Ohio
State. The game will kick at 8 p.m. and air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, as well as
the Penn State Sports Network.
are available for the Nittany Lions’ final three home games against Illinois
(Nov. 2), Purdue (Nov. 16) and Nebraska (Nov. 23, Senior Day). For information
on single game tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can
visit www.GoPSUsports.com or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.