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Rutgers Postgame

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P O S T G A M E R E P O R T W E E K 3 P E N N S T A T E 1 3 , R U T G E R S 1 0 S E P T E m B E R 1 4 , 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 NEWSAfter failing to produce an interception in the first two games, Penn State's defense cre- ated five, three of which came on the first play of a Rutgers drive. The momen- tum-killing plays eventually set up Christian Hackenberg to lead a fourth-quar- ter game-winning comeback drive. BAD NEWS Penn State's offense spit and sputtered for al- most the entire game. It never put points on the board until Sam Ficken's field goal in the third quarter and it never found the endzone until the final two minutes. THE TAKEAWAY Al- though it was Rutgers' conference debut, this game had a classic Big Ten feel about it. It was a knock-down- drag-out battle that wasn't decided until the final few plays. Did someone mention a rivalry? 1 PROTECT THE ROCK Bill Belton scores the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. 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 True grit Nittany Lions grind out a conference-opening victory on the road PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The largest crowd to ever see a home football game in Rutgers' program his- tory did its best. Trying to will the Scarlet Knights to a 3-0 record to start the season with a win against visiting Penn State, the 53,774 fans at High Point Solutions Stadium needed to give one final push to a Rutgers defense that had kept quarterback Christian Hackenberg and the Nit- tany Lions' offense out of the end zone all night long. Well, for the first 57 minutes, anyway. With Hackenberg at the helm, there was no amount of crowd noise that would prove to be enough in order to slow a 6-play, 80-yard Penn State touchdown drive that boosted the Nittany Steve Manuel

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