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Hackenberg and the defense shine in Penn State homecoming win

Written by Craig Rhodes and the Associated Press | Oct 11, 2015 8:32 AM
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Penn State's Christian Hackenberg runs the ball during Saturday's game against Indiana at Beaver Stadium. Hackenberg rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more to help the Lions earn a 29-7 victory.

(University Park) -- Has the Penn State football team finally turned the corner?  Lion faithful would like to think so after an impressive homecoming win Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Christian Hackenberg threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, he ran for two more touchdowns, and Penn State rolled over Indiana 29-7.

Hackenberg hit Brandon Polk and DaeSean Hamilton on 39-yard scoring strikes and turned a bootleg into a 1-yard touchdown run for a 19-7 halftime lead. He scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and Tyler Davis kicked a 30-yard field goal to cap the scoring.

Penn State was still without the services of their top two tailbacks, Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley, due to injury, but still managed 154 yards on the ground.

The Lions defense was solid throughout the game, holding the Big Ten leading Indiana offense to just 234 total yards and forcing 6-three and outs.  Senior defensive end Carl Nassib forced two fumbles and finished with two sacks. 

It was Penn State's fifth straight win and improved the Lions record to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.

Next up, a prime time battle next Saturday night against Ohio State in Columbus.  Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00pm.

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