Some readers were annoyed last week when I referred to Matt McGloin as “good.” I’m not coming here after a game against a sketchy Temple defense to pretend like that proved something. I was just looking at the numbers, nationally and wanted to share some things.
1st, here are McGloins stats through four games: 83 completions on 140 attempts, for a 59.9% completion percentage. 1,006 yards. 9 touchdowns. 2 interceptions. 7.2 yards per attempt. 138.0 QB Rating. Sacked twice.
McGloin has thrown for the 22nd most yards in the country (most in B1G by 122 yards) and one more yard than Matt Barkley. Competition is certainly a factor here, but the quarterbacks immediately ahead of them are from Toledo, New Mexico State, Houston, Western Michigan and Fresno State. They don’t have many Alabamas on their schedules either.
50 players have attempted 115 or more passes- only three of them have thrown less interceptions than Matt. No QB with more attempts has less than him.
Matt’s nine passing touchdowns tie him for 14th nationally and are enough to lead the Big Ten (tied with Taylor Martinez).
McGloin’s 7.2 yards per attempt ties him with Landry Jones of Oklahoma and Everett Golson of Notre Dame and is slightly more than Matt Barkley of USC.
Only one player with more than 90 attempts has been sacked less than McGloin.
Temple, Navy and Virginia are each allowing less passing yards per game than Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois.
Here is the entire Penn State schedule, as it ranks in passing yards allowed per game in 2012:
- Nebraska 175 ypg
- Purdue 184 ypg
- Navy* 187 ypg
- Iowa 205 ypg
- Indiana 210 ypg
- Temple* 220 ypg
- Virginia* 221 ypg
- Illinois 224 ypg
- Ohio* 239 ypg
- Wisconsin 245 ypg
- Ohio State 277 ypg
- Northwestern 295 ypg
Penn State will play the 8th and 12th ranked teams against the pass on the schedule in the next two weeks, before the bye.
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