Penn State 31, Boston College 30
Penn State's season is over, and it's a winning one again.
Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter on a 10-yard strike, before Sam Ficken nailed an extra point to give the Lions a 31-30 victory in the Pinstripe Bowl. The winning kick was setup after Boston College missed its extra point following a touchdown to start overtime.
Penn State finished the season 7-6.
Boston College leads Penn State 21-14 after three at Yankee Stadium. The Lions trailed 21-7 before Christian Hackenberg hit Geno Lewis for a 7-yard score to end the quarter.
The Lions trailed by two scores because its usually stout run defense is not today. Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy raced 40 yards for a score nearly six minutes after he hit Shakim Phillips for a 19-yard touchdown pass for its first points of the half.
Hackenberg has been hot and cold, but is 21 of 32 for 253 and two scores.
Penn State and Boston College are still deadlocked, 7-7, at the half. Both team's offenses went dead in the second quarter.
There was little to write of in the final 15 minutes of the half. Both teams punted three times, and Boston College ended the half with a series of runs that ran the clock out after a promising punt return was sprung by a controversial block.
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is 13 of 20 for 168 yards and a score, while Akeel Lynch has team highs in carries (eight) and yards (28). Chris Godwin's three catches for 92 yards and a score lead all receivers.
Boston College has already rushed for more yardage than Penn State had averaged against it heading into the game. The Eagles have 145 rushing yards and 164 total. Penn State has been assessed more penalties and has more turnovers (1-0) but leads with 10 first downs.
Boston College will receive the second half kickoff.
Penn State (6-6) took a 7-0 lead on Christian Hackenberg's 72-yard heave to Chris Godwin with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter. But the Eagles (7-5) answered with their second of two 40+ yards runs of the quarter, as Jon Hilliman raced through a gaping hole, untouched, for a 49-yard touchdown run.
Corner Jordan Lucas did not start but entered in the second quarter for Penn State, who is otherwise healthy save for guard Miles Dieffenbach. The senior was hurt on the final play of the first quarter and was later carted off the Yankee Stadium grass.