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    LIVE BLOG: Penn State Blue-White Game

    Welcome to Nittany Extra’s live blog for Penn State’s spring game. Stay here all afternoon for updates, analysis and more from the Reading Eagle.

    FINAL: Blue 37, White 0

    3Q, 0:00. It’s a bloodbath now. Blue came up with its fourth turnover of the day when Trevor Williams picked off DJ Crook on an overthrown ball. Blue leads 30-0 well into the fourth quarter.

    3Q, 5:50. The 10-minute third quarter is underway and Blue is running away with it. Matt Baney, starting at linebacker alongside Mike Hull and Brandon Bell today, picked off a floater from Austin Whipple after he was hit and took it to the house. Then Geno Lewis hit a wide open Matt Zanellato after a double reverse. The throw was a little short, but there was no one within 25 yards of No. 80.

    2Q, 0:00. The first half, in summation: Cole Chiappialle ran well, the offensive line looks shaky and CJ Olaniyan is in hot pursuit of every quarterback on the field. He has three sacks. The defense has played aggressive and shows some promise. Center Wendy Laurent, who started, got injured and had to be helped off. Don’t expect any update on that later, as Franklin won’t answer questions about injuries about players.

    2Q, 1:19. Defensive backs are playing aggressive today, maybe a sign of things to come for the defense. Ryan Keiser jumped a route perfectly and came up with an interception of DJ Crook near the sideline. Chiappialle busted through a hole from 23 yards out to score and put Blue up 17-0.

    2Q, 2:20. Penn State finally finds the end zone after a strong drive. Cole Chiapialle took a few direct snaps in the red zone after Kyle Carter was hit late out of bounds following a catch on a crossing route. Chiapialle finally found the end zone on fourth down from a direct snap. He’s got 40 yards on eight carries and we haven’t seen Zach Zwinak. Little Bill Belton, either.

    2Q, 6:59. Both offensive lines look a little shaky and the defensive lines have taken advantage of it. There have been five sacks on the day, and CJ Olaniyan came up with a sack on good pursuit of quarterback Austin Whipple.

    1Q, 0:00. One quarter down — and a whole lot of punts. There have been just five first downs, four by Blue, and 99 total yards gained. One surprise has been linebacker Matt Baney getting time with presumed starters Mike Hull and Brandon Bell.

    1Q, 4:48. White had a nice drive going before State College native Jack Haffner was stopped on 4th-and-1 by defensive tackle Austin Johnson. Johnson did a great job of plugging that hole and Blue takes over with Michael O’Connor under center.

    1Q, 9:26. Blue had a nice drive stall in the red zone before Sam Ficken connected on a 26-yard field goal. On that drive, walk-on running back Cole Chiappialle took a direct snap for 19 yards and Hackenberg found Jesse James for 13 yards over the middle and Akeel Lynch took a screen for 13 more right after that.

    1Q, 12:20. A possession by each team has led to a punt by each team, with the Blue squad picking up a first down early before Christian Hackenberg misfired long. An interesting change in this year’s game is that there are essentially no kickoffs are punts — only Sam Ficken and punter Chris Gulla are on the field for the kicking team.

     

    PSU lands DB from Alabama

    Christian Campbell, a three-star safety from Phenix City, Ala., committed to Penn State Monday night, according to several recruiting websites.

    The 6-1, 180-pound Campbell chose the Nittany Lions over, among others, Boise State, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Syracuse.

    He made 60 tackles and two interceptions and broke up five passes as a senior at Central High School. In 2012, he made 83 tackles and three interceptions and broke up eight passes.

    Campbell becomes the 25th member of Penn State’s recruiting class, which includes five high school seniors who enrolled in January.

    Unless another committed player decides to flip to another school, the Lions offered their final available scholarship to Campbell.

    Rich Scarcella

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