STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It took Christian Hackenberg about three hours to do something in Penn State's season-opener that no Nittany Lion quarterback had done in the program's previous 128 years.
And if throwing for more than 400 yards becomes necessary to win, Penn State's sophomore star is up for trying.
Hackenberg completed 32 of 47 passes for a team-record 454 yards and became the first Nittany Lion quarterback to exceed 400 in one game while leading Penn State to a 26-24 victory over Central Florida in Ireland last week. Hackenberg capped his game by leading an eight-play, 55-yard drive that resulted in a game-winning field goal by Sam Ficken.
Hackenberg knows he might be asked to do it all again because of the way football is evolving.