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PSU beats Boston College in OT, 31-30

NEW YORK — Penn State rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half and beat Boston College in overtime, 31-30, Saturday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Boston College took a 24-21 lead on a field goal with 2:10 remaining. The Lions drove down the field for a tying field goal from Sam Ficken to force overtime.

Boston College got the ball first in OT and scored a touchdown. But kicker Mike Knoll missed the PAT, leaving the score at 30-24.

Christian Hackenberg then hit tight end Kyle Carter for a 10-yard TD. Sam Ficken came on and kicked the PAT for the win, setting off a celebration as the Nittany Lions stormed onto the field.

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Boston College score two touchdowns in the third quarter, and Penn State answered with a TD on the final play of the period to pull within 21-14 in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

The Eagles drove 60 yards on their first possession of the second half and took a 14-7 lead on a 20-yard TD pass from Tyler Murphy to Shakim Phillips.

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg dropped the snap as the Lions were driving deep in BC territory, and the Eagles recovered. Quarterback Tyler Murphy then broke free for a 40-yard TD to make it 21-7 with 2:12 left in the third.

Penn State came back with a TD drive, scoring on a 7-yard pass from Hackenberg to Geno Lewis on a ball that was tipped by a BC defender and dropped right in Lewis’ hands.

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Penn State and Boston College were tied 7-7 at halftime in the Pinstripe Bowl early Saturday evening at Yankee Stadium.

The Lions scored first on a 72-yard TD pass from Christian Hackenberg to Chris Godwin. The Eagles answered as Jon Hilliman broke loose for a 49-yard TD run.

Penn State made several big mistakes in the first half, including dropping four passes and Hackenberg fumbling the snap deep in BC territory.

Boston College had 145 yards rushing in the half, far more than the 85 yards per game PSU had allowed to lead the nation in run defense during the regular season. The Eagles have a poor passing game, and it showed up in the first half as they completed just 4-of-11 passes for 19 yards.

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

Penn State 7, Boston College 0: Christian Hackenberg hit Chris Godwin on a 72-yard bomb down the right sideline to give the Lions an early lead with 5:22 left in the quarter. PSU put together two solid drives to start the game but stalled, then faced third-and-12 from its own 28. Godwin was in single coverage and beat Manuel Asprilla down the right sideline, and Hackenberg hit him in stride for the TD.

Penn State 7, Boston College 7: Jon Hilliman busted free on the right side for a 49-yard TD with 4:39 to go in the quarter. Hilliman had broken off a 44-yard run on a similar play on BC’s previous series. After his TD run, the Eagles had 96 yards rushing on their first five carries.

THIRD QUARTER

Boston College 14, Penn State 7: The Eagles returned the second-half kickoff 32 yards to give them good field position at their own 40. They stayed on the ground picking up small gains for all but two of their 11-play drive that ate up 6:45. Those two pass plays turned out to be huge, though. The first came on fourth-and-3 from the PSU 26, and Tyler Murphy hit Shakim Phillips for 8 yards to the 18. On third-and-12 from the 20, Murphy fired a bullet to Phillips on the right side of the end zone for a score with 8:07 left in the quarter.

Boston College 21, Penn State 7: Hackenberg fumbled a shotgun snap as PSU was driving deep in BC territory, and Matt Milano recovered for the Eagles at the 37. Three runs by Hilliman produced 23 yards, then Murphy broke loose for a 40-yard TD run, juking past cornerback Jordan Lucas on his way to the end zone with 2:12 to go in the quarter.

Boston College 21, Penn State 14: The Lions answered with a 63-yard TD drive to get right back in the game. Hackenberg hit Geno Lewis for a 32-yard gain on third-and-9, and a face mask penalty at the end of the play added 15 yards, moving the Lions to the BC 15. On third-and-2 from the 7, Hackenberg threw toward Lewis. BC’s Justin Simmons tipped the ball, and it went right to Lewis for the TD on the final play of the third quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER

Penn State 21, Boston College 21: The Lions continued their comeback and pulled even on a gorgeous 16-yard TD pass from Hackenberg to DaeSean Hamilton with 6:48 to play. Akeel Lynch busted free for a 35-yard gain to the 1-yard line, and it appeared the Lions were about ready to tie. But when Lynch was stopped for no gain on first-and-goal, lineman Brian Gaia was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a late hit into the pile. That made it second-and-goal from the 16, but on the next play Hackenberg fired a laser over the middle that Hamilton caught in the end zone to even things up.

Boston College 24, Penn State 21: The Eagles took possession at their 28 with 6:41 left and drove 69 yards in 11 plays. Murphy converted a third-and-7 with an 13-yard pass to Phillips, and later took off on a 26-yard keeper. The Eagles got a first down at the PSU 11 but were unable to get into the end zone as they were stopped at the 3. Mike Knoll kicked a 20-yard field goal with 2:10 to go.

Penn State 24, Boston College 24: The Lions came right back down the field, driving to the BC 27 in the closing seconds, and got a tying 45-yard field goal from Sam Ficken with 20 seconds left to force overtime.

OVERTIME

Boston College 30, Penn State 24: Murphy hit David Dudeck for a 21-yard catch and run for a TD on the Eagles’ possession in OT. Kicker Mike Knoll then shanked the extra point, missing badly left to keep it a six-point game.

Penn State 31, Boston College 30: Hackenberg connected with tight end Kyle Carter, who made a tough catch in the end zone for a 10-yard score. Sam Ficken then kicked the extra point to give PSU the win.