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Penn State Football: McGloin Leads Lions to 41-24 Victory

by on November 20, 2010 1:42 PM

Matt McGloin was going to be pulled from the game to give his backups playing time. All he had to do was either perform poorly or take a big lead.

Unfortunately for QB-in-waiting Rob Bolden, neither happened until late in the fourth quarter. 

McGloin went 22 of 31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns, but Indiana kept fighting back and keeping the score close. The final score — 41-24 in Penn State's favor — was no indication of the third-quarter shootout that took place in Maryland.

The Penn State offense was as diverse as it was successful. Ten different players rushed for a total of 175 yards. Silas Redd and Evan Royster each scampered for a touchdown and a combined 99 yards.

Nine different receivers caught passes from McGloin and Bolden (two), for a total of 325 yards and two TDs. 

Derek Moye, McGloin's favorite receiver Saturday caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Brett Brackett has the other receiving TD.

Penn State's first blocked punt returned for a touchdown in five years added another six points to the offensive explosion. 

The Indiana offense kept things interesting by putting up a rushing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns as well. In fact, Penn State didn't reclaim a two-score lead until the fourth quarter.

It was then that Penn State kicker Collin Wagner with a 35-yard field score that set the score at 34-24 in Penn State's favor. 

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The lead was preceded by back-and-forth scoring by the Lions and the Hoosiers in the third quarter. 

Mitch Ewald kicked a 49-yard FG early in the half to tie the game at 17.  

McGloin reclaimed the lead with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Moye. 

Indiana responded with a 3-yard TD reception by Tandon Doss, who had a great day. He ran for 61 yards, caught seven passes for 90 yards and also returned kicks for 142 yards -- a total of 293 yards.

Momentum shifted again on fourth down when a blocked Indiana punt was returned for a touchdown by James Van Fleet. 

In the first half, Penn State quickly went from leading 23-7 to leading 17-14 late in the second quarter.

Nate Stupar stripped the ball from Indiana QB Ben Chappell and ran it back for a touchdown, but a long review by officials ruled Chappell was down when Stupar made the swipe. 

Chappell followed up with a long pass down the right sideline to Doss and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Turner, cutting PSU's lead to a field goal.

After a first quarter that was all about the Penn State offense, Indiana's playmakers took control of the second quarter.

Penn State didn't punt in the first quarter; it punted twice in the second.

McGloin had only one incompletion in the first quarter; he had three consecutive in the second.

If you group Brackett's touchdown reception with the first quarter (it was actually the very beginning of the second), then scoring in the second consisted of two Indiana TDs and a 42-yard FG for Wagner. 

Center Doug Klopacz left the game with an injury. Filling in for him was Stefen Wisniewki, a talented former center, and John Urschel and Mike Farrell to Wisniewski's right.

True freshman Alex Butterworth has filled in for Anthony Fera at punter. Fera is out for the season after surgery.

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Terry Casey is a former managing editor of StateCollege.com. He can be reached at [email protected]
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