Penn State tops UCF 26-24 with last-second field goal

August 30, 2014

DUBLIN -- Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Dublin, Ireland.

Behind second-half replacement quarterback Justin Holman, the Knights appeared to have scored their own unlikely come-from-behind victory when Holman scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to put UCF up 24-23 with 1:13 left.

But Christian Hackenberg - capping a 32-for-47, 454-yard performance - coolly directed a seven-play drive to set up Sam Ficken's fourth successful field goal as the Penn State bench swarmed the field.

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Ten Penn State College of Communications students are in Ireland to cover the game and surrounding events, including eight with the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Highlights of the students' work will be available online at the Curley Center site.

Students' photos will be featured here as they arrive -- check back throughout the weekend for more.


Last Updated August 31, 2014