Penn State beat San Diego State 37-21 here Saturday to improve to 3-1 on the season. But the victory came with a heavy price.
Starting safety Marcus Allen left the game in the first quarter and did not return. After being taken to the locker room, he eventualy emerged in street clothes with his right arm in a sling. He was replaced by sophomore Troy Apke.
Freshman sensation running back Saquon Barkley left the game in the second quarter with what appared to be a right ankle injury. He did not return. Later in the quarter, starting RB Akeel Lynch left the game with a knee injury and did not come back.
On top of that, starting safety Jordan Lucas was in street clothes for the game.
Fortunately for head coach James Franklin and company, quarterback Christian Hackenberg finally had a breakout game, which helped offset the injuries. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 234 yards and three TDs — in the first half — as the Lions took a 27-14 lead into the locker room. A 71-yard fumble return for a TD by DT Austin Johnson in the fourth quarter iced it for the Lions.
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