Penn State 13, Indiana 7
Penn State is one win away from being bowl eligible.
The Lions picked up win number five Saturday by outlasting Indiana, 13-7, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
Kicker Sam Ficken kicked a pair of field goals (and had one blocked), while Bill Belton's 92-yard second quarter score is now a program record.
Penn State scored the only points of the third quarter, and leads Indiana 10-7 with a quarter to play.
The Lions took the lead on a Sam Ficken 27-yard field goal to cap a nine play, 39-yard drive that took 3:49. Penn State's offense has not been great after the break, but Indiana's has been worse.
Penn State has the ball to start the fourth quarter after forcing Indiana's ninth punt of the day to close the third quarter.
HalftimeBill Belton now has a Penn State record, and Penn State and Indiana are tied at seven at halftime.
The Penn State senior back raced 92 yards for the Nittany Lions only points of the half. No Nittany Lion has ever recorded a longer touchdown run.
It erased Indiana's brief lead, as the Hooisers' scored first on Mark Murphy's 53-yard interception return touchdown. It marked Christian Hackenberg's second pick six of the season and 11th interception of the year. He had 10 all of last season.
Indiana will get the second half kickoff, and fortunately for Penn State, the Hooisers have not mustered much offense, either. They have 160 total yards of offense, as freshman QB Zander Diamont is 6 of 10 for 34 yards. He does have 79 rushing yards, though, while Penn State has held Indiana's stud running back, Tevin Coleman, in check. He has just 32 yards on 10 carries.
For Penn State, Christian Hackenberg has been all over the place thus far. He's seven of 11 for 111 yards and an interception. Belton has three carries but just 91 yards -- yes, despite that 92-yard TD run. Eugene Lewis is Penn State's leading receiver with three catches for 39 yards. DaeSean Hamilton has two catches for 33 yards.
Penn State could have more points, as it ran six plays inside the Indiana 10-yard line at one point in the second quarter. But it went backwards before Sam Ficken's 32-yard field goal was blocked.
Unless you're favorite part of football games is punting, anyway.The good news for Penn State is that guard Miles Dieffenbach is suited up and has played in two series for the Lions thus far. But Penn State's offense has struggled, amassing just two first downs and recording just 56 total yards, including -4 rushing yards, after 15 minutes. Starting left tackle Donovan Smith did not make the trip.
The punters have stolen the show, as Indiana's offense has been equally inept. It has three first downs and 63 yards of total offense after one. Indiana is diving to start the second quarter.