Penn State 29, Indiana 7
Penn State: Passing: 22/40 for 266 yards, 2 TD (Christian Hackenberg-21/39, 262, 2 TD)
Rushing: 34-254-2 (Nick Scott-8-54)
Receiving: 22-266 yards, 2 TD (DaeSean Hamilton-2 receptions, 49 yards, 1 TD)
Indiana: Passing: 15/33 for 155 yards, 0 TD, 1 Int (Zander Diamont-9/17 for 90 yards)
Rushing: 33-79-1 (Zander Diamont-11-38-1)
Receiving: 15-155 yards (Ricky Jones-5 receptions, 59 yards)
Penn State drew first blood as Hackenberg found Nick Scott for a 39 yard gain, then hit Brandon Polk down the right sideline for another 39 yard gain and the touchdown. Joey Julius made the extra point (the last one he'd make for the day), and PSU took a 7-0 lead.
Indiana responded on the very next drive, marching down field with a balanced running and passing attack. Zander Diamond, whose father Don has starred the Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, executed a read-option play perfectly in the red zone, The Garett Sickles and Jason Cabinda both bit on the running back motion, leaving Diamont with the mismatch along the right sideline. He waltzed it in from 12 yards out, tying the game and scoring the only 7 points Indiana would sniff all day.
Indiana took an onside kick after their touchdown, and actually recovered it. That drive fizzled, though, and Penn State took over on the 7 yard line after the punt. Christian Hackenberg engineered a solid drive, but it was cut short when Mark Allen was unable to hang onto the handoff and fumbled the ball away.
Penn State's next scoring drive started with a 28 yard run by Mark Allen, who found a wide open hole in the A-gap and burst through for a big gain. Christian Hackenberg hit Chris Godwin for a 14 yard gain, then found DaeSean Hamilton two plays later for a 39 yard TD strike. Joey Julius missed his PAT attempt, and Penn State settled for a 13-7 lead.
It was about this time that Christian Hackenberg decided that he would step up for the injured Saquon Barkley. Hack ran for 9 yards, then 22, then a 1 yard touchdown. Joey Julius missed his second PAT, making it 19-7, Penn State at the half.
The second half moved much more slowly, with both teams trading punts until 4:44 in the third quarter, when Indiana went for it on 4th and 3. Anthony Zettel broke up the pass (his second of the season), and Penn State took over on downs.
After Penn State's next punt, Indiana had their second drive cut short by PSU's defense, as true freshman John Reid logged his second interception of the year. Penn State converted this turnover into points, as Christian Hackenberg took the ball in from 5 yards out while Kyle Carter whined and cried that he wasn't thrown the ball. Tyler Davis took the PAT and made it. 26-7, PSU.
The final points of the game came with 5:33 left as the Penn State offense worked itself 15 yards downfield to the Indiana 13 yard line. Tyler Davis took the 30 yard field goal attempt and made it, wrapping things up at 29-7.