DUBLIN -- Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland.
Behind a comeback led by second-half replacement quarterback Justin Holman, the Knights appeared to have scored their own unlikely come-from-behind victory when Holman scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to put UCF up 24-23 with 1:13 left.
Penn State ended the first half up 10-3, but should have been ahead by more as UCF struggled to move the ball at all. Both teams looked let-lagged in what was the first overseas game in either school's history.
4Q UCF C. Hackenberg pass,to C. Godwin for -1 yds,C. Godwin fumbled, recovered by UCF C. Geathers,Hackenberg, Christian pass complete to Godwin, Chris for lo
4Q PSU J. Holman run for -1 yds,J. Holman fumbled, recovered by PnSt A. Zettel,Holman, Justin rush for loss of 1 yard to the UCF38, fumble by Holman, Justin
3Q UCF J. Holman pass,to J. Worton for 47 yds for a 1ST down,PENN ST penalty, Roughing Passer (13 Yards) for a 1ST down
4Q PSU S. Ficken 36 yd FG GOOD
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
7:58 1st Qtr Youngstown State 0 Illinois 0 Delayed Indiana State Indiana 11:38 1st Qtr Northern Iowa 3 Iowa 7 6:22 1st Qtr Appalachian State 0 Michigan 7 7:16 1st Qtr 5 Ohio State 0 Navy 0 7:00 1st Qtr Western Michigan 0 Purdue 7 3:30 PM ET Florida Atlantic 22 Nebraska 3:30 PM ET California Northwestern
3:30 PM ET James Madison Maryland
9:00 PM ET 14 Wisconsin 13 LSU Final Penn State 26 UCF 24
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38