Christian Hackenberg makes Penn State history

Oct 24, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) pressured by Maryland Terrapins lineman Brett Kulka (96) and lineman Yannick Ngakoue (7) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

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Christian Hackenberg entered Penn State’s game against Maryland in Baltimore on Saturday needing 74 yards to break the school’s career passing record, and he did not wait long to get that out of the way.

The junior quarterback completed passes of 38 and 40 yards on Penn State’s third possession of the afternoon, giving him 7,216 for his career at that point.

That bettered Zack Mills’ total of 7,212 amassed from 2001-04.

Hackenberg later broke Mills’ record of 606 career completions as well. 

When all was said and done, the Nittany Lions won 31-30 as Hackenberg completed 13 of 29 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns. 

He finished the day with 7,453 career passing yards and 608 completions.