It’s Military Appreciation Day at Beaver Stadium as the Nittany Lions get set to take on Army West Point. The list of injured players for Penn State is long. Running backs Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley are out. Safety Marcus Allen is out. Linebacker Brandon Bell is out. Offensive tackle Andrew Nelson is missing his third straight game. It’s a wet and soggy day in State College. Penn State won the opening coin toss and will receive. Follow along here for live updates throughout the game.
14:53: After a false start penalty on Paris Palmer on the first play, Mark Allen gets his first touch at RB of the day. He carries for a couple yards.
14:05: QB Christian Hackenberg rolls out on third down, but he gets sacked as no receivers are open downfield. Army’s Edgar Allen Poe (yes, that’s his actual name) catches the punt. Black Knights ball on own 40.
13:26: And Army fumbles on the snap on the first play. Penn State recovers. First down in Black Knights territory.
11:23: Nick Scott getting some carries at RB on this drive. The redshirt freshman looks quick off the snap.
10:32: Penn State goes for it on fourth down and picks it up on a pass to WR DaeSean Hamilton. A gutsy, but good call to go for it.
9:57: TOUCHDOWN – RB Nick Scott rushes it in from 11 yards out. He broke a couple tackles on his way in. He looks comfortable out of the backfield so far. Penn State takes a 7-0 lead.
7:37: Army’s triple-option offense isn’t causing the PSU defense many issues. LB Jason Cabinda gets into the backfield for a strip-sack, but it’s recovered by Army. The Black Knights punt it away and it’s Penn State ball at the Army 48.
6:40: PSU RB Johnathan Thomas gets some action for the Lions. That’s three different running backs on three drives for Penn State.
4:00: Penalty called on PSU gives the Lions 3rd and 23. Scott gets a rush. He doesn’t pick up the first.
2:49: If you missed that punt, it’s probably because the camera crew couldn’t follow it. PSU punter Chris Gulla shanks it 12 yards down the field from about the 50.
2:05: Penn State trots out a second-string defensive line for Army’s next series.
0:00: Army has 3rd and 10 when the second quarter picks up. Penn State leads 7-0.
14:49: Army lines up in the shotgun. But the QB rushes anyway. He fails to pick up the first down. Penn State receives the ball after the punt on its own 14-yard line.
12:42: TE Brent Wilkerson picks up a short first down. Penn State running a three tight end set on a few plays here.
11:04: Penn State nearly gets a punt blocked. Army player was on top of Gulla. He got it off somehow and the Black Knights have the ball on their own 30.
8:52: Army attempts a pitch on the option. PSU LB Von Walker recovers it on the PSU 43.
6:50: Strange play call on 3rd and 5 with a run up the middle. It goes for no gain. Edgar Poe muffs the punt on the next play, but reels it in. Army ball backed up to goal line.
4:37: Army gets around the edge and carries for a long first down. Black Knights driving around midfield now.
3:42: Army fumbles. Again. QB bobbles it away on an attempt to pitch the ball. PSU freshman LB Manny Bowen recovers it. Lions ball on the Army 41.
3:09: Hackenberg rushes and picks up a first down. It was a career-long for the QB — 19 yards.
0:25: SCORE – PSU kicker Joey Julius boots a 37-yard field goal to give the Lions a 10-0 lead.
0:00: Penn State holds a 10-0 lead over Army after one half of rainy football. Not much going for either team.
Penn State total yards – 125, 82 on the ground
Army total yards – 77 (all rushing)
14:45: Two fumbles for Army on the first play of the second half. Both of them recovered by Army. At some point, the wet ball can’t be the excuse.
13:11: DE Carl Nassib gets a sack as Army drops back to pass. WR DeAndre Thompkins breaks off a big punt return.
10:15: SCORE – Julius boots a 27-yard field goal to put Penn State up 13-0.
7:28: Army’s first pass attempt is a completion. 32 yard pickup. To Edgar Allen Poe.
5:36: TOUCHDOWN – Army QB AJ Schurr punches the ball in from 3 yards out. Army pulls closer, but Penn State still leads 10-7.
4:16: Penn State with a three-and-out. Hackenberg misfired on third down. Wendy Laurent was in at center for the injured Angelo Mangiro.
1:13: Army can’t put another drive together and punts it to the PSU 10. Long field for the Lions, who haven’t been able to break off many chunk plays today.
0:28: There’s one. WR Chris Godwin hauls in a 49-yard pass into Army territory. Play is under review. It is confirmed. Big pickup for PSU.
0:00: TOUCHDOWN – Hackenberg hits TE Mike Gesicki for a touchdown, the TE’s first career score. Penn State goes up 20-7 on the last play of the quarter.
11:04: TOUCHDOWN – Army QB AJ Schurr breaks off a 56-yard rush for a score. Key missed tackle by safety Jordan Lucas on the play sprung the QB. Penn State still holds a 20-14 lead.
9:30: For all of the criticism offensive coordinator John Donovan gets, he dialed up a perfect one there. Nick Scott comes out of the backfield for a screen pass and picks up a first on 3rd and 16.
7:04: Daniel Pasquariello comes on to punt in place of injured punter Chris Gulla. Bad, low kick straight to Edgar Poe. Penalty called against Army. First down on Black Knights’ own 15.
4:20: Army picks up short first down. Ball near its own 40-yard line. Trying to take the lead on this drive. Franklin’s decision to not go for two-point conversion could prove to be costly.
1:21: Enormous series by Penn State defense. DE Carl Nassib blows up rushing play on 3rd and 5. LB Jason Cabinda gets a 10-yard sack on fourth down to end the series and attempt at a comeback victory. Army QB AJ Schurr has four drop backs today. Three have resulted in sacks. One was a 32-yard completion.
1:18: Penn State will run the clock out here as this one should be decided barring a bizarre fumble. Penn State 20 Army 14.