Top Stats to Know: Hackenburg & Barrett

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The first Saturday of the college football season saw a record-setting day in Ireland and an impressive debut in Columbus. Here’s a look at what you need to know from Saturday’s early games…

J.T. Barrett & Ohio State struggle early, rebound late to win vs Navy
Ohio State trailed Navy late in the 3rd quarter, but outscored the Midshipmen 21-3 down the stretch to secure the win. A big reason was J.T. Barrett who completed all four of his passes in the second half including a pair of touchdowns.

In the first half, Barrett threw no touchdowns and an interception with only 96 passing yards as he posted a 30.4 QBR. His big second half saw him post a QBR of 99.9 which is the highest possible number a quarterback can get.

Christian Hackenburg sets a Penn State record
Last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Christian Hackenberg became the first player in Penn State history to throw for at least 400 yards in a single game as he and the Nittany Lions defeated UCF at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.

Geno Lewis (173) and DaeSean Hamilton (165) each posted 100-yard receiving games. It was the first time Penn State had multiple receivers with at least 100 yards receiving in the same game since November 22, 2008 vs. Michigan State (Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood).

Devin Gardner’s big day paces Wolverines revenge
Michigan’s Devin Gardner attempted only 14 passes in the win, but he completed 13 of them including three touchdown passes to TE Devin Funchess. Gardner’s 92.9% completion percentage was the second-highest in Michigan history by a player with at least 10 attempts. Michigan fans have to hope Gardner’s career finishes better than the man who owns that record – Tate Forcier.

All three Funchess touchdowns in Saturday’s win came in the first half making him the first Wolverine to do that since Mario Manningham at Notre Dame in 2006.

Note to FBS schools – Stop scheduling North Dakota State

North Dakota State – three-time reigning FCS champion and No. 1 in the preseason FCS coaches poll – routed Iowa State in Ames, 34-14. It’s the second straight year that Iowa State lost to an FCS opponent (2013 vs N. Iowa) and the fifth straight year NDSU knocked off an FBS foe with all five wins coming on the road.

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Penn State coach James Franklin talks about the Nittany Lions' come-from-behind victory over Central Florida in Dublin.
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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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Sam Ficken 36 yd FG GOOD
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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 pass complete to Josh Reese for 37 yds to the PnSt 6 for a 1ST down
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Justin Holman run for 6 yds for a TD
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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 threw for 454 yards to help Penn State survive Central Florida 26-24.
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