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Flashback: PSU tops Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl

Penn State versus Boston College
BRONX, NY- Sam Ficken to the rescue.
Trailing late in the game, things looked grim for the Nittany Lions but PSU rallied and with a swift kick by place kicker Ficken put the game into overtime.
In overtime, Boston College scored first but could not complete the deal as the extra point failed.
Christian Hackenberg found a wide open receiver, tying the game and setting the stage for Ficken.
Ficken, who started out his career with a shaky start, was smooth under pressure and sent the kick through the upright, finishing the deal. With the victory, Penn State, while still limited in scholarships, finished the season with a record of 7-6.
After finishing the season at 6-6, the Penn State Nittany Lions faced off against Boston College and its leading passer and rusher,quarterback, Tyler Murphy in a Saturday afternoon affair in the 2014 New ERA Pinstripe Bowl, held in the historic confines of Yankee stadium.
Fresh off a 3-year probation, the Lions were anxious to show their stuff despite bringing only 41 scholarship players.
It was a redemption attempt for Penn State and rookie head coach James Franklin.
On the coin toss, the Lions won the toss and selected to receive.
The Lions went right to Christian Hackenberg and company on offense.
Penn State started on its own 20, it didn’t take long for the offense to start working its way down the field.
Hackenberg started a perfect 3-for-3 rolling down to the Eagles’ 39.
After twounsuccessfulplays, Hackenberg was forced to call a time out with 11:55 left in the opening quarter.
However, the Eagle’defense held, forcing a punt.
Boston College started its first possession on its own 16.
Defensively, the Lions’ flexed it muscle by forcing a three and out.
In its second time with the ball, the Lions pushed the ball down even further, getting it to the 33. But it too stalled, forcing a second punt.
One play by the Eagles’ put them in great field possession for a score.
Facing a fourth and four, the Eagles decided to go for it with no success, giving the Penn State faithful some time to breathe.
State got a pass from Hackenerg to Chris Goodwin for the games first score,making it 7-0 with 5:22 left in the first.
Back came Boston College on a 49-yard huge run by Jon Hilliman,tying it at seven.
A pass interference call by the Eagles put the Lions back on the offensive, driving the ball deep into Boston College territory.
Going into the second quarter, the Lions had the ball on the BC 21.
However, it took just one play to ruin in it as the Lions fumble away the ball and get sent away empty handed.
Boston College the momentum from the fumble and marched down the field, getting across midfield.
Penn State’s didn’t waver though, forcing another punt from BC.
Boston’s Hilliman collected over 100 yards in just a quarter and a half.
With 8:48 left in the half, BC had its chance once again to take the lead as it started with the ball on its own 28.
A deep throw by BC was called back thanks to ineligible receiver downfield.
Again, the Penn State defense held when it needed to, forcing a third punt.
But the offense wouldn’t do much to on its next possession, giving the ball back to the Eagles.
Penn State had one last chance at cashing another one in as the clock read 3:10 left in the half.
But a three and out, ruined its chances.
As the half ended, the two remained knotted at seven.
Hackenberg ended the opening half throwing for 168 yards while Boston College’s Tyler Murphy tallied just 19.
Hilliman led the Eagles’ running game with 114 yards while Akeel Lynch had just 29 for PSU.
The Lions led in overall yardage by a 194-164 tally.
With the ball to start the second half, the Eagles got the ball on their own 42 to start.
Murphy got the offense jump start, running for 14 on the first play of the third quarter.
Hilliman kept the drive alive, rolling to the PSU 34.
Facing fourth and one, Murphy completed a clutch pass, keeping the drive alive down to the Lions 18.
Taylor put Boston College up ,hitting Shakim Phillips on a post to the right side of the endzone, making it 14-7 with 8:07 left in the third.
Looking to tie the game, the Lions started their first possession of the game at their own 19.
Penn State also started to get its offense going, especially its passing game. In less than three minutes, the Lions went from their 19 all the way down to the Boston College 29.
With 4:39 left in the third, the passing game slowed, forcing a third down and long.
A second fumble cost the Nits at least a field goal while giving the suddenly productive Boston College offense a chance to up its lead.
Hillierman took control of the rest of the third,collecting first downs in consecutive rushes, leaving the Lions frustrated.
Murphy put the Eagles up by two scores, motoring on a 40-yard touchdown with 2:12 left to put his team ahead 21-7.
Penn State was not ready to give up yet as they got the ball back down into Eagles territory with still :25 left in the quarter.
Going into the final stanza,Penn State scored with all zeros showing. Hackenberg hit Eugene Lewis, closing it 21-14.
Facing a 3rd and 19, Boston College had to come up clutch deep in their own side of the field but could not.
With its fourth punt of the game, the defense would have to stand up and keep the determined Lions’ offense off the board.
Slowly once again the Lions were moving down the field and in at least field goal range..
But the Eagles held their ground when they needed to once again, leaving Penn State empty.
After a squabbly punt by BC, the Lions once again had good field position,starting with the ball on its 50.
After having a touchdown ruled down, Penn State took a first and goal from the one and tried to push it in.
An unsportsmanlike conduct call by Penn State, pushed the Lions back to the BC 16.
But it didn’t matter as Hackenbrg found Daeshawn Hamilton for the tying TD and PAT.
With time running off the clock, Boston College rumbled down the field and with a Penn State late hit put the game in their hands.
Murphy got his team down to the two before being taken dow with less than 3 minutes.
With the run Murphy also passed the 100-yard rushing mark.
A Boston College field goal gave the Eagles a 24-21 advantage with 2:10 left.
With two minutes left, Hackenberg and company had one last chance.
Running its 2-minute drill Penn State wassailing right along,, quickly getting it midfield.
Hackenberg had his team in field goal range, getting the ball deep into the Eagles 27 with 25 ticks left on the clock.
Sam Ficken lined up and tied the game with 20 seconds left on 45-yard field goal.

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