A junior, Hodges recorded a career-high 14 tackles (eight solo), with 1.5 sacks and high first career interception. Early in the third quarter, he grabbed a pass tipped by DT Jordan Hill (Steelton) and raced 63 yards to the Northwestern 19-yard-line. On the next play, Silas Redd scooted for a touchdown run to give Penn State a 34-24 lead and the final points of the game.
Hodges' 14 tackles were the most by a Big Ten player this past week. He led a defensive effort that kept Northwestern off the scoreboard in the second half for the second consecutive year.
Hodges combined with DE Jack Crawford (Longport, N.J.) on a sack in the first quarter and then delivered the Nittany Lions' season-high seventh sack on Northwestern's final possession of the game.
Hodges' tackle total was the most by a Nittany Lion since Chris Colasanti had 18 vs. Illinois last season. His previous high was 11 hits in the win at Indiana on Oct. 1. Hodges had 10 tackles by halftime vs. Northwestern.
For the season, Hodges leads Penn State with 58 tackles (35 solo). He is second on the team with 8.0 TFL (minus-27) and tied for second with 3.5 sacks. He is tied for 11th in tackles in the Big Ten.