- At Yankee Stadium, Sam Ficken was Penn State's captain in the clutch. Ficken used Derek Jeter's old locker, then showed No. 2 must have left behind some postseason kismet. He booted a walk-off winner deep into Monument Park, kicking the extra point that Boston College could not to give the Nittany Lions a 31-30 overtime win in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass that set up Ficken's automatic kick that sent the Nittany Lions dancing on top of the Yankees' dugout. "I couldn't have asked for a better ending for my career," Ficken said.
The Nittany Lions (7-6) played in a bowl game for the first time since January 2012 after the NCAA lifted the most severe sanctions levied against the program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Captain to captain, Ficken had the honor of using the retired Jeter's locker and some of the five-time World Series champion shortstop's clutch postseason play appeared to rub off. Ficken sent the game into OT with a 45-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in regulation and won it with his extra point. "He's probably been our best offensive weapon all year long," coach James Franklin said. - AP Sports