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Final Score: Syracuse 17, Penn State 23

Christian Hackenberg threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns as the Penn State defeated Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in the New York College Classic.
Updated at 9:08 p.m. on Saturday

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Christian Hackenberg threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns as the Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Syracuse Orange, 23-17, at MetLife Stadium in the New York College Classic.

Hackenberg, the second freshman quarterback to start a season opener for the Nittany Lions (1-0) since 1910, completed 22-of-31 passes, although he also threw a pair of interceptions. Allen Robinson caught seven passes for 133 receiving yards and a touchdown. Zach Zwinak carried the ball 24 times but for just 61 yards.

Drew Allen went 16-of-37 for 189 yards, completing passes to nine different receivers for Syracuse (0-1) in Scott Shafer's head-coaching debut. Jerome Smith rushed for 73 yards and accounted for both of the team's touchdowns.

After a scoreless first quarter, Ross Krautman connected on a 32-yard field goal at the 12:32 mark of the second quarter to give Syracuse a 3-0 lead.

Penn State responded with a pair of field goals off the foot of Sam Ficken (36, 35) before the half was out to take a 6-3 advantage heading into intermission.

The Nittany Lions extended their lead early in the third quarter after Hackenberg hooked up with Robinson for a 51-yard touchdown.

Less than a minute later, Smith rushed in a 10-yard touchdown to cut the Syracuse deficit to three, 13-10.

Ficken converted another field goal, this time from 46 yards out, to put the Nittany Lions up 16-10 at the start of the fourth quarter. They gained even more breathing room a few minutes later when Hackenberg completed a 54-yard scoring strike to Eugene Lewis.

The Orange made things interesting with just under seven minutes left in the game when Smith ran in a one-yard touchdown to bring them to within one score, but they would get no closer.

Penn State outgained Syracuse on the afternoon, 353 total yards to 260.
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