After a slow start, capped off by a Christian Hackenberg fumble that was returned for the only touchdown of the day by Eastern Michigan, Penn State took complete control of this game. Hackenberg, making his first career start at Beaver Stadium, showed obvious signs of nerves early in the first quarter but eventually put on a nice show for the home fans.
Hackenberg threw for 311 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown was a 45 yard strike to Allen Robinson early in the 4th quarter.
Not being able to run the ball much last week must have been bothersome to Coach O’Brien, because that sure wasn’t an issue today. Of the Nittany Lions’ 574 yards of offense, 251 of them came on the ground. Starting running back Zack Zwinak ran for 43 yards and two touchdowns, Bill Belton ran for 108 with two scores and Akeel Lynch ran for 108 with a touchdown.
Allen Robinson had another outstanding game, catching 7 balls for 129 yards and a touchdown. The only other Nittany Lion with more than two catches was Brandon Moseby-Felder with 7 catches for 59 yards.
Defensively, Penn State was outstanding this afternoon. Eastern Michigan totaled just 183 yards of offense and their only touchdown was scored by Eastern Michigan’s defense.
This should have been, and was, an easy one for Penn State. Next week at home against Central Florida will be an excellent test for this team. I’m not saying that Penn State should be on upset-alert, but I kinda am. A little bit. Will Penn State lose next week? No, but it’s not going to be a blowout like today’s game.