ROSEMONT, Ill. — Another impressive showing last Saturday brought another honor for Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who was named Big Ten football Freshman of the Week on Monday.
Battling a strong wind and snow, Hackenberg completed 16 of 33 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns, and also added a seven-yard scoring run during a 23-20 overtime loss to Nebraska on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium.
Hackenberg, who shares the honor with Indiana defensive tackle Ralphael Green III, captured his fourth weekly conference accolade of the season.
The signal-caller connected with fellow freshman tight end Adam Breneman to open the day’s scoring with a two-yard strike, then hit tight end Jesse James with a 46-yard scoring connection early in the fourth quarter. He raced in from the 7-yard-line early in the second half.
Adding a 43-yard strike to receiver Allen Robinson, and Hackenberg has posted 10 completions of 40 yards or more to go with eight games of 200-plus yards
For the season, Hackenberg has completed 210 of 362 attempts for 2,616 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He is second in the Big Ten in completions (210) and passing yards (237.8 per game) and fourth in total offense. The completion total is already the fourth-best in a single Nittany Lion season, while his yardage total is fifth-best.
The Nittany Lions (6-5) close the regular season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at No. 14 Wisconsin. The game will be shown on ESPN.