Penn State Football: Matt McGloin Leads Raiders On 10-Play, 71 Yard Touchdown Drive In NFL Debut
You may have never thought it was possible only a few years ago, but the hard work and dedication finally paid off for former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin as he made his NFL debut Sunday evening.
Facing the Philadelphia Eagles, McGloin stepped in for Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor who left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury.
McGloin only saw the field for Oakland's final two drives but went 7-for-15 for 87 yards and led the Raiders on a 10-play 71 yard touchdown drive. The NFL rookie almost threw his first NFL touchdown. The pass was seemingly caught but was then broken up in the endzone by an Eagle defender.
Oakland was credited with 15 drives during Sunday's 49-20 loss to the Eagles with McGloin's two 10-play drives being tied for the longest of the game. Pryor led the Raiders' on a 10-play drive to open the game that resulted in a punt. Similarly the Eagles' longest drive lasted 10-plays as well.
The former Penn State walk-on and Scranton native threw for 3,271 yards his senior season and became a fan favorite for his fiery nature and fearless attitude.
There has been no report at this time of the nature of Pryor's injury.
Back in State College, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is likely smiling as he edits his recruiting pitch and personal resume.