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.