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Christian Hackenberg threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton each ran for a pair of scores, leading Penn State past Eastern Michigan 45-7 on Saturday.
Hackenberg went 23 of 33 and overcame a shaky start to lead Penn State (2-0) to a win in its home opener. He connected with Allen Robinson for a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that helped put the game away. He set a Penn State mark for yards passing by a freshman.
After the running game never got going in the season opener vs. Syracuse, Zwinak broke through for a pair of short scores. Belton added a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth and had 108 yards rushing. Akeel Lynch added a 27-yard score in the fourth and also had 108 yards rushing.
Penn State's Sam Ficken set a school record with his 14th straight field goal, a 39-yarder that closed the first half.
Eastern Michigan (1-1) scored off a fumble to avoid the shutout.
Hackenberg followed up a strong debut with another promising effort. ...
BEST OF MAXIM
After opening the season with a win on the road, the Penn State Nittany Lions return home to some of the friendliest confines in college football on Saturday.
After the Nittany Lions spent last weeks season opener in a “neutral site” game, beating Syracuse 23-17 at MetLiefe Stadium, they’ll return home to Beaver Stadium, which can house roughly another 20,000 more fans than...
The field’s out there junior!
Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg had a little trouble getting this pass off Saturday afternoon against Eastern Michigan.
The result? A fumble recovery by Hunter Matt and Eagle touchdown which gave them a 7-0 lead.
Since then though Penn State has surged for 24 unanswered points to lead EMU 31-7.
Christian Hackenberg gets his first chance to show the home fans what they have in Penn State's quarterback of the future.
Hackenberg put up gaudy numbers and notched the win in the Nittany Lions' first game against Syracuse. Now, it's time to see if he can do more of the same in Happy Valley when Penn State plays its home opener Saturday against Eastern Michigan.
After a slow start, capped off by a Christian Hackenberg fumble that was returned for the only touchdown of the day by Eastern Michigan, Penn State took complete control of this game. Hackenberg, making his first career start at Beaver Stadium, showed obvious signs of nerves early in the first quarter but eventually put…