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Sep 26, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) scrambles with the ball during the first quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Christian Hackenberg finally had a good game

The Penn State quarterback was has had an interesting college career. He busted on to the scene as a freshman under offensive-minded head coach Bill O’Brien in 2013. He completed 58.9 percent of his passes, threw 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a Nittany Lions team still feeling major effects of sanctions.

O’Brien left after that season, and Hackenberg regressed statistically. His completion percentage was down, he threw 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Hackenberg continued his struggles early this season but the possible NFL first-round pick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns in Penn State’s 37-21 win over San Diego State.

Hackenberg and Penn State get another nonconference game this week against Army before they continue Big Ten play. October 17 at Ohio State figures to be a game where fans and NFL scouts will be really focused on Hackenberg.

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