The sun is setting in New York, and it’s almost time for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl between Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) and Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) here at Yankee Stadium. The sky is rather clear as the Eagles’ marching band is performing its pregame show. Stay tuned for updates as kickoff draws closer.
There are plenty of Nittany Lions faithful who made the trip to New York for today’s bowl game, Penn State’s first since the 2011 season. They made themselves heard when the Lions took the field moments ago.
Penn State won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
15:00: Touchback: Boston College’s kickoff sailed into the end zone.
14:55: Bill Belton starts at running back and carries the ball on the Lions’ first play for a 7-yard gain up the middle.
14:19: Christian Hackenberg zipped a pass to the side to DaeSean Hamilton, and the receiver moved the chains with a catch.
13:48: On the next play, Hackenberg found Belton to the outside, and he gained seven yards before going out of bounds on the catch and run.
12:36: Boston College finally holds Penn State to no yardage on a play, an incomplete pass on first down. Before that, Akeel Lynch took a carry for seven yards and a first down, and tight end Kyle Carter picked up 11 yards on a reception.
11:55: Following a loss on a carry by receiver Saeed Blacknall, Penn State lined up for third-and-11 and then took a timeout. Then the Lions were called for a false start, moving them back five yards.
11:48: Hackenberg went deep to Geno Lewis and nearly found the receiver inside the 10-yard line, but his pass ultimately fell incomplete.
11:40: Daniel Pasquariello’s punt goes 29 yards and sets BC up at its own 16-yard line.
11:33: Jon Hilliman took a carry on first down and was stuffed five yards behind the line by Anthony Zettel.
10:14: Hilliman got back to the line of scrimmage on second down, but Tyler Murphy’s deep ball on third down soared too far down the sideline. That’s a three-and-out for the Eagles, who punted to the 32-yard line (Jesse Della Valle called a fair catch).
9:29: Following a 2-yard gain by Akeel Lynch, Hackenberg found Saeed Blacknall at the sideline as he broke away from his defender on an out route. Blacknall made the catch and got a foot in before stepping out of bounds, moving the chains on a 15-yard play.
9:00: Hackenberg found Kyle Carter on the next play for a 9-yard grab, and then Boston College was called offside to bring up another fresh set of downs.
8:22: Lynch runs for four yards, but the Lions are flagged for an illegal formation on the next play (which was an incomplete deep pass, anyway). Second-and-11 upcoming for the Lions.
8:15: Hackenberg looks for DaeSean Hamilton down the left side of the field but was just off with is pass. Third and long now.
8:08: Geno Lewis broke to the sideline and Hackenberg threw his way. The pass sailed over the sideline, though, and the Lions will be forced to punt again.
8:00: Daniel Pasquariello’s punt bounced into the end zone, and Boston College will get the ball back at its own 20-yard line.
7:49: Jon Hilliman took a carry and appeared to get through the line untouched, running 44 yards down the right side to start the Eagles’ second drive.
7:17: The Eagles went for a knockout punch with a deep pass on the next play, but it was overthrown by a stride.
7:13: Sherman Alston dropped a quick pass to the side, and BC is now looking at third-and-10.
6:23: Alston gained six yards on a reception and the Eagles went for it on fourth down, facing a short field but a tough field goal. Quarterback Tyler Murphy took off the right, stopped and fired across field to Josh Bordner, who was wide open near the line, but he couldn’t haul in the pass. Penn State takes over on downs.
5:35: Following a Belton run for three yards, Hackenberg fired over the middle to DaeSean Hamilton. The receiver appeared to have initially made the catch, but he dropped the ball before establishing possession. Penn State looks at third-and-7.
5:35: Andrew Nelson is called offside, moving the Lions back to third-and-12.
5:22: TOUCHDOWN: Hackenberg threw deep down the right sideline to Chris Godwin, who made the catch in stride and avoided getting tripped up on his way to the end zone. That’s a 72-yard reception for Godwin, and the Nittany Lions take a 7-0 lead.
4:39: TOUCHDOWN: Following a failed trick onside kick (Troy Apke was ruled out of bounds on his recovery), Jon Hilliman rushed for three yards before busting out a 46-yard carry to the end zone. He’s now at 96 rushing yards on five carries, and the Eagles and Lions are tied again, 7-7.
4:39: Boston College’s kick went out of bounds, giving Penn State the ball at the 35-yard line.
4:07: DaeSean Hamilton started things off with a 9-yard catch that stood after a review of the play.
3:46: Akeel Lynch picked up a couple yards on the next play to move the chains.
3:16: Hackenberg steps up in the pocket to pass and is met by an Eagle, Brian Mihalik, who dropped up for a six-yard sack.
2:04: Following a 13-yard completion to Godwin, the Lions threw on third-and-3. Hackenberg’s pass to Jesse James was complete, and James barely got to the chains before being pushed back. First down.
1:25: Hackenberg looked to Godwin again and threw an incompletion with double coverage blanketing the receiver. Holding was called on the defense, though, and the Lions get a first down.
1:19: Belton caught a short pass over the middle for a 7-yard gain.
0:00: After Belton lost a yard on a carry up the middle, Hackenberg took a snap from the shotgun on third-and-4. He found Godwin, who got some separation and caught a 7-yard pass. First down Penn State.
The clock ran out after Godwin’s catch to end the first quarter. Penn State and Boston College are tied, 7-7.
14:57: TURNOVER: Hackenberg fumbled the snap and tackle Truman Gutapfel recovered for Boston College. The Eagles will take over at their own 22-yard line.
14:15: Hilliman started things for BC with a carry for a yard, and then Penn State was called offside on the next play to bring up second-and-4.
13:47: Hilliman gained three more yards on a carry to the outside, bringing up third-and-1.
13:23: Hilliman got hit before the marker on a third-down carry, but he spun as he went to the ground to get the necessary yardage. First down BC.
12:04: Following a 5-yard completion, quarterback Tyler Murphy took off and ran for 14 yards on a first down.
11:26: Charlie Callinan was all by himself near the first down marker and Murphy threw his way, but the receiver dropped a diving catch.
11:19: Myles Willis took a carry and gained three yards, so BC will look at third-and-7.
10:36: Murphy threw low to Sherman Alston, who didn’t make the catch but dove short of the first down anyway. Boston College will punt.
10:28: Jesse Della Valle calls for a fair catch on a 30-yard punt, giving the Lions the ball at their own 15-yard line.
9:03: Penn State goes three-and-out. Akeel Lynch ran for six and three yards before getting nothing on a third-down carry.
Interesting to note on this drive: Miles Dieffenbach, who appeared hurt on the final play of the first quarter, did not return to the huddle on this drive.
8:28: Pasquariello’s punt goes 38 yards, handing the Eagles the ball at the 28-yard line following a fair catch.
6:57: Boston College, which started its drive with two runs for five yards, initially kept its drive alive with a huge play before getting hit with a flag for having an ineligible man downfield. On third-and-5, Murphy avoided a sack and launched a deep ball that was brought in, but he’ll now have to face third-and-10.
6:31: Murphy was rushed and couldn’t find an open man. An incompletion forces another BC punt.
6:22: A fair catch by Della Valle gives Penn State possession at its own 28-yard line.
6:15: Hackenberg lobbed a deep pass over the middle to Chris Godwin on first down, but nice man coverage helped force an incompletion. Godwin nearly made a big play, though.
5:23: Following an 8-yard sack, Hackenberg dropped back and took off on third down, gaining five yards. A holding penalty was declined and Penn State will punt again.
5:14: Pasquariello’s 37-yard punt is downed by a fair catch at the 37-yard line.
5:07: Boston College shifted players to the right and Hilliman ran the same direction, getting stuffed after a yard. After the play, unsportsmanlike conduct was called on the Eagles and pushed them back to second-and-24.
4:44: Myles Willis ran up the middle for 11 yards, setting up third-and-13.
3:55: Murphy got a pass out just before getting hit, but his completion to Marcus Outlow was well short of the first down.
3:16: BC punted to the Penn State 33-yard line, where Della Valle called for a fair catch.
3:09: Belton caught a quick pass and got back to the line of scrimmage on first down.
2:28: Lynch carried up second down and gained about five yards to set up a manageable third-and-5.
1:46: Hackenberg’s pass falls incomplete, and the Nittany Lions will punt.
1:46: Penn State is flagged for a false start and now is faced with fourth-and-10.
1:30: After the flag, Sherman Alston bobbled the punt and ran around the end. He had plenty of room to run and got a few blocks (although one appeared to be a block in the back) en route to a 24-yard return to just near midfield.
1:14: Tyler Murphy ran for two yards, and Boston College calls a timeout.
1:09: Myles Willis ran up the middle for a few more yards, bringing up third-and-5. The Eagles take their second timeout and are 46 yards from the end zone.
0:56: Murphy kept it for himself and was stood up a yard short of the first down.
0:41: Boston College lines up to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 42-yard line, and Penn State uses its second timeout.
0:36: Hilliman gets two yards for the first down.
0:35: Murphy spikes the ball to stop the clock. It’s second-and-10 now for BC, with the ball at the 40-yard line.
0:29: Murphy ran the ball and gained a few yards, but a false start penalty was assessed to the Eagles. The game clock will be reset to 35 seconds, and it’s now second-and-15.
0:26: Josh Bordner caught a short pass and moved four yards. Facing third-and-11, Boston College takes its third and final timeout of the half.
Bordner was shaken up after the ball and walked off the field with his arms around two BC trainers.
0:22: Marcus Outlow ran up the middle and was stopped two yards behind the line by Anthony Zettel. Fourth down.
0:00: The Eagles let the clock run out, and it’s halftime. Penn State and Boston College are still tied at 7-7, and the Eagles will get the ball following the break.
Some halftime stats:
Penn State allowed a 100-yard rusher in just the first half. That title belongs to Jon Hilliman, whose 11 carries have gotten him 114 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, quarterback Tyler Murphy, a dual-threat quarterback, is at 22 yards on four carries. He’s passed for 4-for-11 and 19 yards.
Christian Hackenberg is looking like the quarterback fans are more accustomed to. He’s 13-of-20 for 168 yards and a touchdown, a 72-yard completion on a deep pass to Chris Godwin.
Penn State’s leading rusher is Akeel Lynch, who has 29 yards on eight carries. An injury to guard Miles Dieffenbach won’t make things easier for the back should he not return.
There were nine punts between the two teams in the first half. Daniel Pasquariello’s five punts averaged 37 yards, a bit behind Alex Howell’s 39.3-yard average. Field position could be huge down the stretch if neither team can separate itself early in the second half.
14:52: Myles Willis scooped up a bouncing kick and returned it 32 yards to the 40-yard line, where Boston College will start the second half’s opening drive.
14:45: Tyler Murphy quickly moves BC across midfield with a 14-yard run.
14:15: Jon Hilliman gains six yards up the middle on first down.
12:44: After Murphy barely got back to the line on a run, Boston College went to the shotgun on third-and-4. Outlow took a hand-off and fell forward to pick up the first down, a 7-yard gain.
12:10: Marcus Outlow ran again, gaining three yards up the middle.
11:28: Outlow gets another touch and stumbles forward to gain a couple yards. Boston College faces third-and-5.
10:46: Murphy completes a shovel pass to Outlow, who goes up the middle but falls short of the first down. BC will go for it on fourth-and-1.
10:02: Murphy drops back and hits Shakim Phillips for an 8-yard reception and a first down. Boston College is now inside the red zone, at the 18-yard line.
9:26: Hilliman tries to bounce a run outside and is wrapped up by end Deion Barnes two yards behind the line.
8:48: Hilliman tried to get to the outside again and got back to the line. Boston College faces third-and-12 now.
8:07: TOUCHDOWN: Murphy dropped back with time and completed a pass to Shakim Phillips. Phillips broke toward the front pylon and had a few feet of space between him and Marcus Allen.
The extra point is good, and Boston College now leads 14-7.
Tonight’s attendance is 49,012. That’s the second-largest football crowd in the history of the new Yankee Stadium, behind Notre Dame-Army in 2010.
7:59: Penn State will take over at the 19-yard line following the return.
7:34: Akeel Lynch started the drive with a carry for a yard. On the next play, Boston College was flagged for an illegal substitution, so Penn State will face second-and-4 from the 25.
7:06: Lynch carried again, gaining five yards and moving the chains. There’s a timeout on the field for an injured Boston College player.
6:46: Lynch got nowhere on another carry, and the Lions hurry things up and go back to the line.
6:22: Hackenberg throws over the middle to Lynch, who falls to the ground a yard short of the marker. The Lions quickly get back to the line again.
6:09: Penn State is flagged for a false start, so a very short third down is now a third-and-6.
5:37: Hackenberg hit Geno Lewis at the sideline for a first down, a 12-yard completion.
5:21: Hackenberg finds Lewis again for a six-yard gain, and Penn State hurries up again.
5:03: Chris Godwin gets a sideline pass for another first down, and Penn State is now 40 yards from the end zone.
4:54: Another sideline pass goes out of bounds and incomplete, and the Lions will slow down for now and huddle.
4:47: Geno Lewis catches another pass before stepping out of bounds, gaining 11 yards and a first down.
4:21: Hackenberg looked deep to DaeSean Hamilton but was off the mark, bringing up second-and-10.
4:15: Mike Gesicki got his hands on a high pass but didn’t reel in a leaping grab. It’s now third-and-10 at the 29-yard line.
4:10: Hackenberg set up in the shotgun and fumbled the snap, and Boston College’s Matt Milano recovered. It’ll be the Eagles’ ball at the 37-yard line.
4:02: Hilliman gained eight yards on the first play of this drive.
3:24: Hilliman bounces out to the left side and gains 12 yards to move the chains. The Eagles are across midfield now.
2:56: Myles Willis carries up the middle and gains two or three yards on first down. BC is at the 40-yard line.
2:12: TOUCHDOWN: Tyler Murphy holds onto the ball and runs himself. The quarterback used a few moves, including a juke inside to start the run and another cut inside the 5, to reach the end zone. The spot of the ball is being reviewed.
The ruling on the field stands. Touchdown.
The extra point is good, and Boston College’s lead now stands at 21-7 with time running out in the third quarter.
2:04: Von Walker found a seam on the kick return and was dangerously close to breaking free. He reached PSU’s 37-yard line, good field position for Hackenberg and the Lions.
1:35: Following a short, 1-yard completion to DaeSean Hamilton, Bill Belton drops a short pass over the middle to bring up third-and-9.
1:27: Hackenberg threw deep down the left sideline to Geno Lewis. Lewis used some muscle to make the grab before getting forced out of bounds. A facemask penalty was called on BC, so Penn State is suddenly 15 yards from the end zone.
0:58: Hackenberg stepped up and scrambled on first down, gaining four yards.
0:20: Lynch ran up the middle for four more yards.
0:00: TOUCHDOWN: Penn State scrambled to get one more play off before the end of the quarter, and Hackenberg took a snap with time running out. He threw a pass slightly behind Geno Lewis, and DB Justin Simmons got a hand on it. However, he tipped the ball into the end zone and Lewis ran underneath it for the score.
The extra point is good, and the Eagles’ lead is cut in half to 21-14.
14:48: Boston College tarts at the 19-yard line and initially moved the chains right away on a carry. But holding was called on the Eagles, so they’re backed up to first-and-20 from the 9.
13:36: Hilliman gets stuffed for no gain on first down, and then gains just a yard on second down.
12:47: With the Lions’ fans getting loud, Outlow gained just five yards and brought up a punting situation for BC.
12:21: Alex Howell’s punt goes 40 yards, and Penn State will take over at its own 45.
12:00: Following a deep incompletion on first down, Hackenberg scrambled and slid for an 8-yard gain.
11:47: On third-and-short, Chris Godwin brought in a pass at the 41-yard line for a first down.
11:12: DaeSean Hamilton gets four quick yards on a screen play to the outside.
10:57: Hackenberg looked for Hamilton again, but the pass hit the ground before the receiver could secure it. Third-and-6.
10:49: Hackenberg throws over the middle to Hamilton, and tight coverage prevents the catch. With the ball at the 37-yard line, Penn State will punt.
10:38: Pasquariello punted toward the corner, and the Lions had players ready to down the ball deep. But the punt took a Boston College bounce and was ultimately pinned down at the 15-yard line.
10:33: Hilliman gets stopped for a gain of a yard on first down.
9:53: Tyler Murphy faked a hand-off and corner Jordan Lucas stayed with the quarterback, dropping him for a six-yard loss.
9:02: Murphy completes a pass to Outlow, but his run down the sideline was stopped three yards short of the first down.
8:32: Boston College punts on fourth down and the kick goes out of bounds at Penn State’s on 45-yard line — right where the Lions started last drive.
7:41: Nine-yard completions to Godwin and Lewis sandwiched a one-yard run by Lynch to start the drive. Then, Lynch bounced a carry to the outside, cut inside to avoid a tackle, shook off a shove and fell toward the goal line on a long carry. He was ruled inches short, but the officials will review this one.
After further review, the call stands. Penn State still trails, and the officials received a decent amount of boos.
7:11: Lynch ran up the middle and was stopped at the line. After the play, a flag was thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct on Penn State. That’ll move the Lions back to the 16-yard line for second-and-goal.
6:48: TOUCHDOWN: One play after that 15-yard setback, DaeSean Hamilton cut toward the end zone and Hackenberg threaded the needle, hitting him in the end zone in stride.
The extra point is good. It’s a tie game again, at 21-21.
6:33: Boston College was set up at the 28-yard line and started the drive with a Tyler Murphy run for three yards.
6:03: Murphy found Shakim Phillips at the sideline on second down. Phillips initially caught the ball but was hit hard by Trevor Williams, knocking the ball loose as he fell out of bounds. Although it appears a catch was made, the ruling was an incompletion and the officials will take a second look.
The ruling on the field is confirmed: incomplete pass. It’s now third-and-7 for BC.
5:56: Phillips catches a pass over the middle at the 44-yard line for a first down.
5:26: Hilliman tries to run up the middle, but Austin Johnson gets in the backfield to bring him down for a loss of one.
4:44: Tyler Murphy fakes a hand-off and runs to the outside, going untouched until he is brought down at the 31-yard line. First down.
4:16: Hilliman gets three yards on a first-down carry.
3:34: Hilliman took a run to the outside and got near the first down marker. He was hit as he reached the sideline, and a late hit was called on Adrian Amos after the play. Boston College now gets a fresh set of downs at the 11-yard line.
3:07: Hilliman runs for two more yards before Penn State takes its first timeout of the half.
3:01: The Eagles hand off to Hilliman again, who loses a yard on the carry. The Lions take their second timeout as the Eagles face third-and-8.
2:53: Murphy runs six yards to the 3-yard line on third down. Penn State saves its final timeout and lets the clock run as BC sets up for the go-ahead field goal.
2:10: FIELD GOAL: Mike Knoll’s 20-yard field goal is good.
With the chip shot, the Eagles reclaim the lead at 24-21.
2:05: Grant Haley’s return gives the Nittany Lions the ball at the 24-yard line.
1:58: Hackenberg hits DaeSean Hamilton on the sideline, but he couldn’t get out of bounds on the 6-yard play.
1:37: Jesse James takes a pass to the left and steps out of bounds. First down Penn State at the 38.
1:30: Hackenberg throws over the middle to Lynch, who gains two yards.
1:12: Hackenberg finds Godwin breaking to the sideline. He hits him in stride, and Godwin is forced out of bounds at the 35-yard line.
1:06: Lynch gets a short pass but is tackled after one yard with the cock ticking.
0:42: Hackenberg scrambles and isi chased down from behind. He’s two yards short of the first down.
0:25: On third-and-2, Lynch rushes and gains nothing. Penn State uses its final timeout of the half to stop the clock and regroup, and Sam Ficken takes the field to try to tie the game.
0:20: FIELD GOAL: Ficken’s 44-yarder splits the uprights with ease. It’s now 24-24 with 20 seconds to play.
0:00: Following the return, Boston College takes a knee.
The Pinstripe Bowl is headed to overtime. Boston College will take the ball first.
Boston College ball
First down: Hilliman runs for a yard.
Second down: Murphy finds Dan Crimmins for a 3-yard reception.
Third down: TOUCHDOWN: Murphy split coverage with his pass and hit David Dudeck, who stayed on his feet en route to a 21-yard touchdown reception.
The extra point is wide and no good; Boston College takes a 30-24 lead.
Penn State ball
First down: Following a false start penalty, Hackenberg looked to Geno Lewis in the end zone but threw an incompletion.
Second down: Hackenberg rolls out to the right and throws to Lewis again, but leads him too far toward the right sideline.
Third down: Hackenberg hit Jesse James, and the tight end used space and his size to get to the chains. First down Penn State at the 13-yard line.
First down: Akeel Lynch loses a yard on a carry.
Second down: Hackenberg finds Geno Lewis for a 5-yard reception.
Third down: TOUCHDOWN: Hackenberg lobs up a pass to tight end Kyle Carter, who comes down with it in the end zone.
Sam Ficken’s game-winning extra point is good.
It took overtime to decide a victory, but the Nittany Lions cap their 2014 season with a 31-30 victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.