Christian Hackenberg, starting at quarterback in his first game at Penn State, has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Hackenberg threw for 278 yards - the third-highest total ever by a Nittany Lion freshman - 2 TD and 2 INT. The Fork Union Military Academy product's highlight of the game was a 54-yard touchdown toss to redshirt-freshman receiver Geno Lewis.
Penn State placekicker Sam Ficken has earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, his second in a row (vs. Wisc in 2012's final week). Ficken converted all three field goals he attempted against Syracuse, including a career-long 46-yard kick. The junior has now converted 13 straight field goals.
Penn State next plays Eastern Michigan on Saturday. It's the home opener for the Nittany Lions.
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