STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Christian Hackenberg showed Saturday he could produce touchdowns with his legs as well as his right arm in Penn State's 29-7 victory over Indiana.
Hackenberg was sacked four times for 13 yards in losses, but on his five other carries, he picked up 37 yards, including a career-high 22-yard scramble that set up the first of his two TD runs late in the second quarter.
Unlike past weeks, Hackenberg also took shots downfield all day, starting with the very first play, a nearly 50-yard pass that fell incomplete. He went 21-for-39 for 262 yards, completing passes to eight different receivers, with two long gains — both for touchdowns — of 39 yards, to Brandon Polk and DaeSean Hamilton.
The Hoosiers, who led the Big Ten in total offense at 498 yards per game, managed just 234 Saturday. They played without No. 1 quarterback Nate Sudfeld and No. 1 running back Jordan Howard. Zander Diamont, the second-team quarterback, left the game in the third quarter with an apparent shoulder injury.