Blue Beats White in Penn State Spring Game

See what Nittany Lion coach James Franklin had to say after the action.


The loaded Blue team cruised past the White in the Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium Saturday. The final in Penn State's annual spring scrimmage was 17-7, but it really was not that close.

A crowd estimated at 68,000 saw the Blue, made up primarily of first-team players on both sides of the ball, grind out 271 yards to the White's 99. The winning team's scores came on a 22-yard run by Akeel Lynch, a 25-yard field goal by Chris Gulla and a 2-yard pass from Christian Hackenberg to Saeed Blacknall.

But the highlight of the game was turned in by redshirt freshman running back Nick Scott, who seemed buried behind the line of scrimmage midway through the third quarter before escaping and bolting for a 51-yard score. It was the White's only tally.

Scott finished with nine carries for a game-high 77 yards.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley, who is expected to be Hackenberg's backup this season, was a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury. His absence left Hackenberg and true freshman Tommy Stevens as the only scholarship QBs in the game.

Hackenberg was forced to play more than the staff had hoped, and finished 17 of 29 for 180 yards, the one TD and one pick. He was sacked five times, though in this game QB only had to be tagged to be down.

Stevens was 3 of 11 for 19 yards.

The Blue offensive line had its hands full with the White defensive line, even though the latter was comprised of second-teamers. Ends Evan Schwan and Curtis Cothran each logged a pair of sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

The game featured a running clock in the second half.

See coach James Franklin's press conference above, and stay tuned for more coverage from Beaver Stadium.


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