• Live Blog: 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl – Penn State vs. Georgia

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Penn State is looking to add an eighth win on the season against the 9-3 Georgia Bulldogs. Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin said yesterday that the team is closer to 100 percent health than it has been in a while. However, redshirt freshman LB Troy Reeder was seen in sweatpants and on crutches prior to the game. Follow along here for live updates throughout the game.

    First Quarter

    13:24: Penn State picks up a first down on a nice catch by WR Chris Godwin. He entered the day needing 32 yards for 1,000 on the season.

    9:55: INTERCEPTION – Georgia picks off a pass that deflected off RB Saquon Barkley’s hands. Bulldogs have the ball around midfield now. Penalty on 3rd and 13 forced tough position for the Lions, who looked for a screen to pick up some yards.

    7:09: SCORE – Georgia doesn’t do much on offense, settles for a field goal. Bulldogs take 3-0 lead. Some extra pushing and shoving between PSU’s Malik Golden and UGA players occurs. Refs break them up.

    6:01: WR DaeSean Hamilton drops a pass on third down that would have moved the chains. A deep shot on the play before was broken up, intended for Chris Godwin. Bulldogs ball again.

    4:52: Both offenses look…rusty. Not much piecing together of plays for the Bulldogs or the Lions. Penn State has the ball now on the 33.

    3:28: Hackenberg gets pressured on second down, forced to fling a lefty throw. Pressured again on a deep ball on third, it’s incomplete. A nice punt by Pasquariello pins the Bulldogs on their own goal line.

    1:34: Hackenberg and the offense have short field around midfield after a three-and-out forced UGA to punt.

    0:00: The first quarter ends with Penn State facing 4th and 3 on the UGA 47. Bulldogs up 3-0.

    Second Quarter

    11:52: Georgia offense started to pick up some steam, but a short pass doesn’t pick up enough on third down. Ball around midfield. Penn State ball on own 11.

    11:29: Hackenberg takes off and gets up slowly after falling on his right shoulder. He looks hurt, but he stays in the game.

    8:08: Hackenberg stayed in the game for a few more plays, got the team into scoring range, but Penn State settled for a field goal. Trace McSorley came in to replace Hackenberg as the junior quarterback went to the locker room.

    6:46: TOUCHDOWN – Georgia scores on an RB pass out of the backfield. Receiver was wide open. Bulldogs up 10-3 now.

    5:09: Penn State dials up a fake punt that DE Evan Schwan can’t get much out of. Georgia ball around midfield now.

    1:05: Georgia threatening on PSU 28 yard line now. Bulldogs get the ball first in the second half.

    0:24: TOUCHDOWN – Georgia receiver makes a great catch to bring in the 17-yard score. Bulldogs up 17-3 now.

    0:00: The story of the first half is Hackenberg’s injury. According to ESPN sideline reporter, he’s doubtful to return. Big blow to Penn State, who trails Georgia, 17-3.

    Third Quarter

    Penn State will be without junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg for the remainder of the game.

    10:50: Not much going on in the second half so far. Hackenberg is back on the sideline in street clothes. Georgia has the ball in Penn State territory.

    9:27: Georgia’s field goal attempt is no good. Penn State ball on own 31.

    4:15: TOUCHDOWN – Georgia RB Sony Michel carries PSU DE Garrett Sickels seven yards before he breaks the plane for a score. Bulldogs up 24-3.

    0:00: Penn State looked like it was going to go for it on 4th and 7 inside the red zone, but a penalty moved the Lions back. Franklin called for a field goal as time expired.

    Fourth Quarter

    14:53: TOUCHDOWN – Trace McSorley to Geno Lewis for six. Georgia leads 24-10 now.

    10:56: McSorley can’t make anything happen as the Penn State offense stalls just short of midfield. Georgia has the ball with a 14-point lead.

    9:18: Penn State needs a score on this drive after the defense holds. McSorley’s got 62 yards to go for a score.

    6:14: TOUCHDOWN – McSorley gets it done. The QB fires a strike to DaeSean Hamilton where only he could get it, and the WR got it. Georgia leads 24-17 now.

    3:11: A first down pickup on 3rd and 2 should do it for Georgia. Two timeouts for PSU, ball past midfield.

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