It’s Senior Day at Penn State, as the Nittany Lions host Michigan State in their regular season finale.
14:46: The 6-5 Nittany Lions kicked off first, and they started the game on a low note. R.J. Shelton stayed on his feet and found room to run down the left sideline, going 90 yards for a kick return touchdown. That gives the Spartans an early 7-0 lead.
14:46: Michigan State’s ensuing kickoff went into the end zone, giving Penn State possession at the 25-yard line off a touchback.
14:39: DaeSean Hamilton took a wide receiver screen on the Lions’ first play from scrimmage and got plenty of room from his blockers. He picked up a first down with a 17-yard gain.
14:09: Bill Belton, wearing No. 28 today in honor of injured senior Zach Zwinak, got a pass from Christian Hackenberg over the middle and gained 12 yards for another first down. Penn State is a few yards past midfield now.
13:05: After Akeel Lynch gained three yards on the ground, Hackenberg and Kyle Carter couldn’t connect on a pass to the sideline. That brings up third down at the Michigan State 42-yard line.
12:59: Kyle Carter stopped at the first down marker wide open, and Hackenberg hits him for a 9-yard gain and a first down.
11:53: Following a Chris Godwin carry around the end for no gain, Hackenberg looked deep to the end zone but overthrew the tight coverage. Third down upcoming.
11:49: Jesse James was targeted over the middle on third down, but he slipped as Hackenberg threw the ball. The pass fell incomplete, and Penn State’s special teams will come out for a field goal attempt.
11:44: Sam Ficken’s 51-yard field goal attempt was nowhere close. It fell well short of the goal posts, as if it was tipped at the line, but no block was credited on the play. That makes the try Ficken’s first miss that wasn’t blocked all season.
10:57: Taking over at the 34-yard line, Michigan State started its first offensive drive with a 5-yard rush by Jeremy Langford. On the next play, Austin Johnson was flagged 15 yards for hands to the face, giving the Spartans a first down.
10:53: Langford took another carry 17 yards down the right sideline for another MSU first down.
10:28: Langford got the ball again, gaining seven yards.
8:58: Langford lost a yard on second down before Connor Cook found Keith Mumphery through the air for a 4-yard gain and a first down. On the next play, Cook looked to the right side of the end zone, but Jordan Lucas was there to break the play up.
8:52: Cook looked to the end zone again, this time to the left side, and Adrian Amos batted the pass down with one hand.
8:46: Cook threw again, over the middle now, and Mike Hull was in the right place at the right time to defend the pass. The three consecutive incompletions bring up a field goal situation for the Spartans.
8:41: Michael Geiger’s 36-yard field goal attempt is good.
With the field goal, the Spartans’ lead now sits at 10-0.
8:36: Grant Haley brings the kickoff to the 21-yard line.
7:12: Akeel Lynch started Penn State’s drive with a 2-yard rush and a 3-yard reception. On third down, Hackenberg found DaeSean Hamilton at the sideline, who ran for a few yards to gain 11 yards and a first down.
6:41: Hackenberg went deep with the new set of downs, but Geno Lewis was covered well downfield. He tried to come back to the ball but couldn’t quite make the catch in one-on-one coverage. With no penalty, some boos broke out from the stands.
5:55: A 3-yard reception by Kyle Carter is followed by an incompletion to Jesse James, bringing up fourth down.
5:48: Daniel Pasquariello punts for 40 yards, and a fair catch gives Michigan State the ball at its own 20-yard line.
5:42: Jeremy Langford continues to move the ball well on the ground. He starts the Spartans’ drive with a 13-yard carry for a first down.
5:12: Langford gets a carry again, and he gains nine yards on the play.
3:57: After Langford moved the chains with a four-yard carry, Cook hit Tony Lippett for a 15-yard completion. Lippett fell to the ground as he made the catch, removing the possibility for any YAC.
1:23: Langford lost a yard on a carry before Lippett gained another 15 yards on a reception. Connor Cook took off on a scramble to the right on the next play, and linebacker Nyeem Wartman delivered a hard hit at the sideline to stop Cook for a three-yard gain. Macgarrett Kings then ran four yards to set up third-and-3.
0:18: Michigan State was forced to go for another field goal. An illegal procedure penalty set the Spartans back five yards on third down, and Cooks pass to Lippett was batted down by Trevor Williams before it got to the receiver.
0:09: Geiger’s ensuing field goal, 39-yarder, was good. Haley returned the kickoff that followed 22 yards to the 26-yard line.
0:00: Akeel Lynch lost a yard on the opening play of Penn State’s drive.
That ends the quarter. Penn State trails Michigan State after 15 minutes, 13-0, but the damage could have been much worse if the Spartans found the end zone. The Nittany Lions will look at second-and-11 from their own 25-yard line when the second quarter begins.
14:54: Hackenberg starts the second quarter by threading the needle on a pass to Jesse James in the middle of some coverage. That was a 9-yard play that brings up a short third down.
14:12: Geno Lewis caught a pass on a slant to the inside and gained 11 yards for the first down.
13:39: Tight end Mike Gesicki was left alone at the sideline, and he caught a pass wide open and ran for a 30-yard gain. Another first down for Penn State, which is now at the MSU 28-yard line.
13:17: One play after Hackenberg threw incomplete to Hamilton, Chris Godwin took a pitch around the end. The receiver picked up a yard, and third-and-9 is upcoming for PSU.
12:37: Hackenberg didn’t get much time and is wrapped and finally sacked for a 9-yard loss on third down. The loss pushed Penn State back to the 36-yard line and out of field goal range, so the Lions will punt.
11:52: Pasquariello punts, and Michigan State is pinned deep after his 34-yard kick is downed at the 2-yard line.
13:06: Delton Williams ran for three yards to help Michigan State get away from the end zone. On the next play, though, Williams gets the hand-off again and is taken down by Nyeem Wartman at the 4-yard line for a loss of one yard.
10:17: Damion Terry, in at quarterback for Michigan State this drive, threw incomplete on third down. That forced a Spartans punt, and Jesse Della Valle took a fair catch at the MSU 41-yard line to give Penn State a short field.
9:33: Akeel Lynch took a short pass for a gain of a yard on first down. On the next play, Christian Hackenberg took a snap in the shotgun and tried a wide receiver screen to DaeSean Hamilton. The receiver made the catch but had no blocking help, so he was brought down immediately for a 6-yard loss.
8:43: Hackenberg had man coverage down the sideline on third down and threw to Geno Lewis, but his pass overthrew Lewis by a few yards. Daniel Pasquariello comes out to punt.
8:36: With a fair catch, Michigan State gets possession at the 12-yard line.
8:32: Connor Cook is back in at quarterback for the Spartans. Jeremy Langford takes a hand-off from Cook to start the drive and gains two yards.
7:51: Cook tried a play-action pass on second down and got pressured as he looked for someone to throw to. He evaded the first tackle but was brought down hard by Anthony Zettel, forcing third-and-15 from the 7-yard line.
7:02: Cook faced pressure again as he dropped back. The quarterback was in the end zone and still in the pocket as he threw the ball away, but a receiver was near the pass so no intentional grounding was called.
6:50: Michigan State’s punt by Mike Sadler was nearly blocked in the end zone, but he got the kick off. Jesse Della Valle fielded the line drive and returned it seven yards to MSU’s 40-yard line.
6:45: Akeel Lynch starts things off with a 3-yard carry.
6:05: Hackenberg throws incomplete on second down, but a flag was thrown: holding on Michigan State. The penalty moves the Lions to the 27-yard line and gives them a fresh set of downs.
6:00: Lynch runs for three yards on first down.
5:21: Hackenberg looks near the end zone for DaeSean Hamilton, but there’s tight man coverage on him and the pass falls incomplete. Third down upcoming.
5:21: A false start penalty is called, moving PSU to third-and-12 at the 29-yard line.
5:11: Hackenberg is rushed on third down but he scrambles forward for a 6-yard gain. That moves the Lions close enough to allow Sam Ficken to try a field goal.
4:34: Ficken’s second try, this time from 41 yards out, is good.
With the field goal, Michigan State’s lead now sits at 13-3.
Ficken’s field goal is his 23rd of the year, the most ever by a Nittany Lion in a single season.
4:23: Michigan State’s offense sets up shop at the 22-yard line, and its drive starts with a 3-yard carry by Langford.
3:41: Langford gains another six on the ground, and MSU is looking at a short third-and-1.
3:00: As the play clock runs out, Michigan State is given its first timeout of the half.
2:55: Langford takes a carry up the middle for two yards, moving the chains.
2:26: Nyeem Wartman sneaks into the backfield and cuts off a running lane for Langford. He gets only two yards on his first-down carry.
1:49: Connor Cook throws a bit too low toward Aaron Burbridge, bringing up a long third down.
1:42: Cook hits Kings downfield for an 18-yard completion and a first down, moving the Spartans across midfield to the 47-yard line.
1:24: One play after Cook threw an incompletion, an illegal formation penalty moves Michigan back behind midfield. The Spartans face second-and-15.
0:54: Cook had time to make a deep throw on second-and-long but overthrew Josiah Price, who was looking for a flag after the pass fell incomplete. Third down upcoming.
0:54: Michigan State calls another timeout with the play clock winding down.
0:54: The Spartans are flagged for a false start, moving the Spartans farther back. They now look at a third-and-20 situation.
0:45: C.J. Olaniyan hits Connor Cook as he throws the ball, and the contact directs Cook’s pass to Anthony Zettel. The defensive tackle picks off the pass and returns it seven yards to the 36-yard line. Penn State ball.
0:32: Hackenberg hits Jesse James for a 9-yard gain to start Penn State’s drive. On the next play, he goes deep down the left side to Chris Godwin. Godwin bobbles the ball and catches it, but his back foot is out of bounds. A quick review confirms the ruling on the field.
0:28: Akeel Lynch runs up the gut for a first down and a four-yard gain. Penn State is now 23 yards out, and the team takes its first timeout of the half.
0:23: Hackenberg throws out of bounds on first down.
0:17: Hackenberg goes to the end zone and targets Chris Godwin. Godwin reaches and gets to the ball, but deflects off him and into Trae Waynes’ hands for an interception. Michigan State ball.
0:00: A kneel-down ends the half.
At halftime, Michigan State leads Penn State, 13-3.
Some halftime stats:
Michigan State holds a slight lead in total offense, 122 to 118 yards. The Spartans have 70 rushing yards and 52 passing yards, while the Nittany Lions have 12 rushing yards and 106 passing yards.
Christian Hackenberg is 12-of-23 with 106 yards through the air. He has an interception, but it was tipped by Chris Godwin in the end zone and could have easily been a touchdown just before halftime.
Jeremy Langford has 13 carries for 69 yards for the Spartans, while Akeel Lynch leads Penn State’s rushing with just 14 yards on six carries.
Mike Hull leads all players with nine tackles, while Anthony Zettel has a game-high two tackles for a loss so far.
15:00: After a touchback, Penn State takes over at the 25-yard line to start the second half.
14:54: Christian Hackenberg hits DaeSean Hamilton on a quick slant for eight yards to start the drive.
14:23: Belton carries for three yards on the next play to move the chains.
13:50: Lynch runs for three yards with the fresh set of downs.
13:11: DaeSean Hamilton takes a screen pass and has good blcoking around him. He runs down the sideline for a 12-yard gain and a first down.
12:41: Lynch runs for no gain on first down.
12:04: The Spartans blitz on second down and Hackenberg is dropped for a 12-yard sack. Penn State faces third-and-22 at its own 39-yard line now.
11:17: A delay of game penalty is called on Penn State, forcing third-and-27.
10:46: Hackenberg has plenty of time on third-and-long, steps up and fires deep to Saeed Blacknall, but good man coverage forces the pass to fall incomplete.
10:35: Daniel Pasquariello’s punt travels 29 yards and is downed at Michigan State’s 37-yard line.
10:30: Connor Cook starts the Spartans’ drive with an incompletion to the right side.
10:23: Langford runs up the middle for two yards, bringing up third down.
9:44: Cook has some time in the pocket and finds Keith Mumphery downfield with some space. He connects with him for a 25-yard reception and afirst down.
9:14: Kings gets behind Penn State’s secondary over the middle and gains 31 yards on another pass from Cook. Michigan State is at the 5-yard line.
8:04: Langford rushes for two yards and then for no gain, bringing up third and goal from the 3-yard line.
7:24: Touchdown: Langford gets another carry, inside the left tackle. Nyeem Wartman made contact before the goal line, but Langford kept moving and brought the linebacker into the end zone.
The extra point is good. Michigan State now leads 20-3.
7:12: Penn State’s offense took the field at the 23-yard line and exited right away. On first down, Christian Hackenberg was hit from behind as he motioned to throw the ball. It was jarred loose, and Taiwan Jones recovered to give Michigan State possession at the 18-yard line.
6:29: Langford rushes for five yards before Cook takes off for a 7-yard gain to move the chains. The Spartans are looking at first-and-goal at the 6-yard line.
5:53: Langford loses two yards on a rush to the right side.
5:09: R.J. Shelton gets a carry and he also loses two yards. Third down.
4:29: Touchdown: Wide receiver Tony Lippett jumps and makes a catch in the end zone, a 10-yard touchdown reception.
The extra point is good, and Michigan State stretches its lead to 27-3.
4:23: Haley’s kick return sets up Penn State at the 21-yard line.
4:16: Akeel Lynch gets thrown to the ground on a carry for no gain to begin the drive.
3:41: Hackenberg throws to Geno Lewis and nearly gets picked off.
3:35: Hackenberg gets hit right as he throws, but he finds Lewis for a 12-yard reception and a first down.
3:17: Akeel Lynch rushes to the right and down the sideline 26 yards before he’s forced out of bounds. Another Penn State first down, and now the Lions are across midfield.
2:42: Hackenberg throws to Kyle Carter, who leaps and hauls in the throw for a 16-yard catch. First down.
2:24: Hackenberg throws incomplete on first down.
2:18: Hackenberg follows up a 9-yard completion to Saeed Blacknall with a 13-yard throw to DaeSean Hamilton, moving the Lions to the 3-yard line.
1:41: Demetrious Cox gets a hand in front of Hackenberg’s pass to Blacknall in the end zone, stopping a touchdown.
1:37: Touchdown: Akeel Lynch takes a carry from the shotgun and finds room to run up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown run.
Ficken’s extra point is good, and Penn State cuts into Michigan State’s lead, which now stands at 27-10.
1:29: Michigan State takes the field at the 28-yard line after a 27-yard return by Shelton.
1:24: Langford takes a carry for four yards to start things off for the Spartans.
0:35: Langford runs a draw from the shotgun and stretches out for a 3-yard gain.
0:00: Cook hits Burbridge after nearly missing the shotgun snap on third down, moving five yards and picking up another first down.
That first down ends the third quarter. The Spartans lead 27-10 and will face first-and-10 from their own 40-yard line when play resumes.
13:35: Burbridge started the quarter with a 16-yard reception from Cook, and a 1-yard gain on the ground by Langford brought up second down. On the next play, Cook hit Burbridge again for 11 yards and a first down.
13:02: Tony Lippett was open at the right sideline for a 13-yard gain and another first down. Michigan State is now in the red zone, at the 19-yard line.
12:30: A false start moves Michigan State out of the red zone and to the 24-yard line for first-and-15.
11:59: Cook looked deep to Lippett, but his pass fell incomplete to bring up second-and-long.
11:52: Cook faked a hand-off and ran for himself to the left, but Mike Hull was in the backfield to make a stop for a 3-yard loss. Third-and-18 is upcoming.
11:05: Cook dumped off a pass over the middle to Langford at the line of scrimmage for no gain. The Spartans will try a field goal.
10:27: Geiger’s field goal from 44 yards out goes wide and is short, anyway. Penn State gets the ball at the 27-yard line.
9:54: Mike Gesicki gains three yards on a pass, and then Akeel Lynch picks up four yards on a carry up the middle to bring up third down.
9:17: On third-and-7, Hackenberg throws over Geno Lewis to force a punt.
9:05: Daniel Pasquariello gets a very nice initial bounce on his punt, and it rolls to the 3-yard line before being downed. That’s a 63-yard punt to pin the Spartans deep.
8:09: A Langford rush for 2 yards and an incompletion brought up a quick third down, but the Spartans moved the chains on a 17-yard strike to Mumphery.
7:33: With a fresh set of downs, Langford rushed for three yards. He’s now at 92 yards on 24 carries.
6:52: Langford runs around the right side and gets four yards on the carry to set up a short third down.
6:10: Langford runs again for a two-yard gain.
6:05: With fourth-and-1 upcoming, Penn State takes a timeout.
5:52: Michigan State punts 49 yards and gives Penn State possession at the 20-yard line.
5:42: Jesse James takes a quick pass and gets 10 yards for a first down.
5:30: Geno Lewis gets behind the defense and has a step or two on the coverage, but Hackenberg overthrows the receiver.
5:26: Hackenberg gets pressured quickly and throws incomplete to Akeel Lynch, bringing up third-and-10.
5:18: Akeel Lynch is called for a hold in the backfield as Hackenberg takes off to run. The 10-yard penalty moves Penn State back to its 20-yard line for third-and-20.
5:02: Hackenberg evades pressure and ends up throwing out of bounds. There was another holding penalty on the play, but it’s declined and fourth-and-20 is upcoming. Penn State’s offense is staying on the field.
4:56: Hackenberg gets rushed to the right and is knocked down as he throws out of bounds. That gives Michigan State the ball 20 yards out after the turnover on downs.
4:48: Langford rushes up the middle for a 6-yard gain, pushing him over 100 yards.
2:49: Langford carries on every play of the drive, which lasted four plays. He reached the end zone on a 6-yard carry for a touchdown.
The extra point stretches Michigan State’s lead to 34-10.
2:42: After the kick return, Penn State takes over at the 28-yard line.
2:35: Hackenberg hits Lewis for a six-yard gain to start the drive.
2:14: Hackenberg runs up the middle to avoid pressure on second down, gaining three yards to set up third-and-1. Penn State calls a timeout.
2:06: Akeel Lynch gets nowhere on a carry, and Penn State stays on the field for fourth down.
1:19: Lynch gets a yard on fourth down to move the chains. Two incompletions later, the Nittany Lions face third-and-10.
1:10: Hackenberg throws to more incompletions, the latter of which is batted down at the line, and Michigan State gets the ball at the 38-yard line.
0:00: After two kneel-downs, Michigan State wins 34-10.
That’s the game. Penn State falls to 6-6 in its regular season finale.