Penn State tops UCF 26-24 with last-second FG

August, 30, 2014
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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.

But Christian Hackenberg coolly directed a seven-play drive to set up Sam Ficken's fourth successful field goal.

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.


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Christian Hackenberg pass complete to Geno Lewis for 17 yds to the UCF 20 for a 1ST down
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Justin Holman run for 6 yds for a TD

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Justin Holman pass complete to Josh Reese for 37 yds to the PnSt 6 for a 1ST down
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Sam Ficken 24 yd FG GOOD
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Christian Hackenberg pass complete to Geno Lewis for 41 yds to the UCF 23 for a 1ST down
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Christian Hackenberg pass complete to Chris Godwin for a loss of 1 yard Chris Godwin fumbled, recovered by UCF Clayton Geathers
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Justin Holman run for a loss of 1 yard to the UCF 38 Justin Holman fumbled, recovered by PnSt Anthony Zettel
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Christian Hackenberg pass intercepted Jordan Ozerities return for a loss of 1 yard to the UCF 39
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4Q UCF J. Holman pass,to B. Perriman for 10 yds for a TD
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Justin Holman pass complete to J.J. Worton for 47 yds to the PENNST 26 for a 1ST down PENN ST Penalty, Roughing Passer (13 Yards) to the PnSt 13 for a 1ST down
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Christian Hackenberg pass complete to Geno Lewis for 79 yds for a TD
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Christian Hackenberg sacked by Jaryl Mamea for a loss of 9 yards to the PnSt 19
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Justin Holman run for 1 yd for a TD

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