This past Saturday, the 27th of December, 2014, a very interesting bowl game ended in OT. This was the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game with the 7-6 Boston College Eagles (ACC Atlantic) playing 7-6 Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten East). Penn State scored past the Eagle in OT with a extra point to win the game 31-30. Let's recap how the game went down.
The scoring in the game, kept the game close in all four quarter, and then spilled over into the overtime of the game. In the first quarter, the Eagles scored 7 points, while the PSU also scored 7 points, and in the second quarter both teams went scoreless, thus the game went to half-time BC 7 PSU 7. In the 2nd half and 3rd quarter the Eagles scored 14 points while PSU score 7 points, and in the 4th and final quarter of the game the BC Eagles scored 3 points, while PSU scored 10 points, as the regulation time of game ended with the score tied at BC 24 and PSU 24.
On OT the Boston College Eagles scored 1st on a 21 yard TD pass, but their kicker Knoll failed on the PAT, thus BD was now up 30-24. Then as Penn State got the ball they completed a 10 yard pass for a TD and their kicker Ficken made the extra point with time running out in OT to win the game 31-30.
Statistically in the game, Penn State made 25-1st downs for 453 yards, with 371 passing and 82 rushing, whereas, the Eagles of BC had 16-1st downs on 97 passing and 285 yards rushing which was opposite of the yardage of PSU. BC had no turnovers in the game, and possessed the ball for 32:19 Minutes of the game, while PSU had 2 turnovers and ball possession for 27:41 minutes.
What was amazing in this game was the difference in the offensive schemes of these two teams. Penn State QB Hackenberg passed some 50 times completing 24 passes for 371 yards and 4 touchdowns, while BC QB Murphy passed 19 times and completed 11 passes for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Penn State Receivers had 14 receptions for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, and the BC Receivers had 4 receptions for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the rushing offense the Penn State RB's combined for 20 carries and 83 yards rushing with 0 touchdowns, while the BC RB's combined for 253 yard rushing and 2 touchdowns.
So football fans, who bet on college football and bowl games at offshore betting sites, take into consideration for future wagering that the field goals and extra points (PATS) can make a difference, as in this game PSU's kicker Ficken with 20 seconds left in the game, made a 21 yard FG to tie the game, and then in OT won the game with a PAT to win the game.