"It was his first game in Beaver Stadium," said O'Brien. "You can take 5,000 recruiting trips here, but it's not like playing in a game. He was a little amped up."
In his first two games, Hackenberg is 45-of-64 (70 percent) for 589 yards and three scores. By comparison Matt McGloin, who broke nearly every Penn State single-season passing mark last year, was 46-of-83 (55 percent) for 456 yards and four TDs after two games.
NFL READY: During one of the early timeouts, the public address announcer at Beaver Stadium announced the members of the 2012 Nittany Lions who made NFL rosters as rookies.
Four players from O'Brien's first team made a professional roster this year. Linebackers Mike Mauti and Gerald Hodges will be teammates again with the Vikings, while defensive tackle Jordan Hill made the Seahawks' final roster cuts. Hill is the cousin of Bucknell point guard Ryan Hill and both graduated from Steelton-Highspire.
The loudest applause was held until the final player was announced: McGloin. The former walk-on out of West Scranton became the third-string QB for the Raiders, even though he was an undrafted free agent. McGloin made the roster ahead of former Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, who was a fourth-round draft pick.