Penn State coach James Franklin walked away from Saturday’s Blue-White Game pleased with his team’s performance.
The Blue team beat the White team 17-7 at Beaver Stadium to cap the spring practice season. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg finished 17 for 29 with 180 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception. Hackenberg was also sacked five times, coming off being sacked 44 times in 2014.
Blue running back Akeel Lynch had a 22-yard touchdown run, while White running back Nick Scott went 51 yards for a score to provide the offensive highlights. Lynch finished with nine carries for 50 yards.
“I thought overall today we got what we wanted to get out of it,” Franklin said. “We stayed healthy, which is the most important thing, especially in our situation. We were able to mix the run and the pass. Obviously our defensive line still holds an advantage over our offensive line, that’s gonna continue to be a work in progress or a focus all offseason.”
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Hackenberg played into the fourth quarter and hit Saeed Blacknall for a 2-yard score on his final throw with 10:35 left. Backup quarterback Trace McSorley was unavailable, leading to Hackenberg’s extensive action.
“Obviously we had a plan for Trace McSorley to play a good portion of the game,” Franklin said. “We were gonna play Christian for a series or two, but we weren’t able to use Trace today so that’s why Christian got a lot more reps than we intended.”
Franklin said his players will need to lead the program heading into training camp.
“I just told our players, this needs to be a player-driven program from now until we start camp and they need to take ownership of the program,” Franklin said. “We’ll be as good as they decide to be in the offseason with their preparation and work.”