In what seems like the least-hyped Penn State game of the year, the game lived up to the expectations.
Other than a missed holding call on the opening drive, allowing a big run from Purdue, the Boilermakers were never really in it. The first half saw two rushing touchdowns from Michael Zordich and 153 passing yards by Matt McGloin.
The 2nd half didn’t go much differently. Jesse James scored the 2nd touchdown of his career on the opening drive to put Penn State in front, 27-3. The next drive would end in a touchdown pass to Brandon Moseby-Felder, who had a career game.
With Purdue rolling their safeties over toward Allen Robinson and Kyle Carter out of the game, Matt McGloin found the junior wideout 6 times for 129 yards, including the third quarter 41 yard touchdown.
Running back Zach Zwinak added 134 yards on just 21 carries and McGloin had his 2nd straight 300 yard game on 22 of 36 passing. The senior signal caller moved to 4th all time on the Penn State career passing yards list and is within striking distance of Daryll Clark for 3rd. Chew on that for a moment. Matt McGloin is going to leave Penn State with the 3rd most passing yards in school history.
The defense played another terrific game, giving up a lone touchdown to Purdue with no time left on the clock. They held Purdue to just 87 net rushing yards on 26 carries. The only negative for the defense was the loss of defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who left with what is being called a sprained knee. If he isn’t in action next week against Nebraska, it could be costly.
Sam Ficken got in on the near-perfect performance, going 2/2 on field goals and 4/4 on extra point attempts.
Penn State will kickoff in Lincoln next week at 3:30.
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