Christian Hackenberg drives 32 yards, converts fourth down play action on first collegiate drive

Christian Hackenberg took no time to let his first Penn State drive sink in. 

In an extremely fast-paced drive, Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions 32 yards into Syracuse territory. The 18-year-old freshman completed all three of his pass attempts, including one on a fourth down play action deep in Penn State’s own territory. 

The drive culminated in a punt, by Hackenberg himself. He pooch kicked the ball for a touchback as the drive stalled on Syracuse’s 42-yard line. 

Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson did not play on the first drive. Hackenberg’s first career completion was to running back Zach Zwinak, who had lined up wide.