McGloin Shines In Win
Without Robert Bolden, everyone was unsure how Penn State would perform.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin silenced all doubters.
McGloin passed for 250 yards and a touchdown in a 41-31 victory over Big Ten foe Michigan.
This was a game that the Nittany Lions had to win to stay in the race for bowl eligibility.
The defense came out very strong forcing Denard Robinson and the Wolverines to a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession.
In his first drive as the starter, McGloin certainly didn’t look to have any butterflies. He led the Nittany Lions down the field on a 71-yard touchdown drive, which resulted in an Evan Royster 4-yard touchdown run.
It was important for McGloin to come out and have a strong first drive to set the tempo for Penn State.
But then Robinson showed why he is one of the most dangerous players in the country. He led the Wolverines down the field and rushed for a 32-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
Penn State couldn’t let Michigan gain the momentum and get a defensive stop.
Facing a 2nd-and-21 after Justin Brown lost his footing in the backfield, Michigan was licking its chops at possibly getting the ball back with good field position.
McGloin didn’t fold under pressure and hit Derek Moye for 27 yards on a pass that seemed to float in the air for days. The conversion kept the drive alive and gave the Nittany Lions a certain swagger.
On this drive, Royster became the all-time leading rusher in Penn State history. He passed Curt Warner to top the list.
Royster capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run off the left side to put the Nittany Lions ahead 14-7.
Penn State turned it on late in the second half and scored two touchdowns to take a 28-10 lead.
One came on a one-yard McGloin quarterback sneak and the other came on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Graham Zug to take the commanding lead into halftime.
The Nittany Lions added a field goal from Colin Wagner early in the third quarter to take a 31-10 lead over the Wolverines.
But the Wolverines would not go down without a fight.
Robinson threw for a touchdown and rushed for a pair of touchdowns to cut the lead to 38-31 with 9:34 remaining in the game.
Penn State answered with a 42-yard field goal from Wagner that made it 41-31 with just over five minutes left.
The defense then forced Robinson to turn the ball over on downs and the Nittany Lions proceeded to run out the clock.
This was a huge win for Penn State and was a win over a sold opponent. They will now prepare for Northwestern this upcoming Saturday.
It’s still unclear whether McGloin or Bolden will get the nod at quarterback. McGloin certainly raised his stock with his performances and should be the starter for the rest of the season.