Penn State Ends Decent Season

Posted on January 10, 2014 by

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Penn State finished the season 7-5, with a division record of 4-4 and two major upsets. In four overtimes, they beat ranked Michigan 43-40 and won the last regular season game with an upset win over Wisconsin 31-24. They would have probably made it to a bowl, but with the sanctions they could not.

Offensive player of the year went to wide receiver Allen Robinson. He led the Big Ten with ninety-seven catches for 1,432 yards, both school records, and had six total touchdowns. He is ranked third in the nation with 119.8 yards a game. His biggest game was against Indiana with twelve catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He made some spectacular catches throughout the year.

Rookie of the year for the team went to quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who also won Big Ten freshman of the year. He completed about 59% of his passes for about 2,955 yards with twenty touchdowns and only ten interceptions.  He is ranked third in the Big Ten for passing. His best game was against Indiana, when he went 30-55 for 340 yards and threw three touchdowns.

Defensive player of the year for the team went to tackle DaQuan Jones, making fifty-six tackles and leading the team with eleven-and-a-half tackles for a loss. He also put up three sacks and one fumble recovery.

The best game of the season was the four-overtime win against Michigan. It was the longest game in school history. They drove the ball eighty yards in twenty-three seconds to send the game into overtime. Bill Belton, a running back, won the game for them with a two-yard run.

The best call of the year came when PSU was third-and-nine on their own nineteen in the fourth quarter at Wisconsin. Bill O’Brien called a draw play, and Zach Zwinak ran for sixty-one yards.  The best moment of a game was when Sergeant Adam Hartswick joined the captains for the coin toss. He served in Afghanistan in May and lost both his legs. The steps he took on the field were the first steps he took with his prosthetics legs.

“When you’re twenty-four-point underdogs, it tells you that no one outside your program thinks you can win….  Twenty-four points? Really?” John Urschel, a Penn State guard, said after the team beat Wisconsin.

“I feel very, very happy for our players that they won. I don’t feel fortunate. Fortunate is when you win the lottery, like when you win $50 million,” former coach Bill O’Brien said.

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