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Akron Postgame

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P O S T G A M E R E P O R T W E E K 2 P E N N S T A T E 2 1 , A K R O N 3 S E P T E m B E R 6 , 2 0 1 4 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O m THE GAME AT A GLANCE GOOD NEWSAnytime the opponent fails to score a touchdown, chalk it up as a win for the defense. And while the offense struggled at times vs. Akron, Christian Hackenberg broke another Penn State passing record. BAD NEWS Penn State struggled to find the end zone again, especially in the first half, and while Hackenberg had another 300- yard game, he forced a few throws, two of which turned into in- terceptions. THE TAKEAWAY It wasn't the prettiest win, especially con- sidering how Akron was a 5-7 team a year ago, but it was still a win. Considering the depth constraints that the Nittany Lions face, they'll take what they can get. Especially in the first home opener under James Franklin. 1 TAKE A KNEE Jesse James cele- brates one of his two touchdowns with teammate Kyle Carter. N A T E   B A U E R | N B A U E R @ B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O m Going for two Penn State pulls away at the end for a victory in the home opener The feeling was too familiar for Bill Belton. Leading Akron 7-0 at halAime Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and just 7-3 late in the third quarter, the Nittany Lions' senior running back knew intimately the pitfalls that can arise when an upstart Mid-American Conference team keeps a game tight. "It kind of goes back to what happened two years ago when we lost to Ohio," Belton said. "They were hanging around and if you give a team like that a chance to hang around in the game, something crazy is going to happen and they're going to get momentum and they're going to score or something like that." Two years ago, an unconvincing 14-3 lead at the half turned into a stunning 24-14 loss to the Bob- cats. Saturday, on an aAernoon in which the Nit- tany Lions struggled to find much of a rhythm Steve Manuel

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