One of the few bright spots other than Penn State's only scoring drive and overall good play by it's defense, was Sam Ficken's achievement for setting the school record for most field goals made in a season with 23.
Special Teams. Penn State gave up a touchdown on the opening kickoff to Michigan State. A bad hold on a field goal attempt once again hurt Penn State like it did last week against Illinois.
The Penn State offense had three straight possessions in the 2nd quarter that started on the Spartans side of the field and could only muster up 3 points. On the third possession, Hackenberg threw toward the corner of the end zone with the ball going off receiver Chris Godwin's hands and into Spartan's Trae Waynes. The offensive line was ineffective as well as the Spartan defense got to Hackenberg three times and forced a fumble that would lead to a Michigan State touchdown.