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Kicker Sam Ficken survives fickle fans to become hero for Penn State
Kicker Sam Ficken survives fickle fans to become hero for Penn State

Sam Ficken was a hero Saturday, which was especially sweet because he knows what it's like to be a goat. Ficken kicked four field goals for Penn State, the last from 36 yards as time expired, to push the Nittany Lions to a 26-24 win over Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland. A Penn State victory seemed unlikely when Central Florida scored on a six-yard run to go up, 24-23, with 1 minute 13 seconds left in regulation. James Franklin, who won in his debut as Penn State's coach, kept the faith. "Everybody believed. They believed in Hack. They believed in Ficken," he said. "Hack" is quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who calmly directed the six plays that moved...

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