After leading 20-6 at halftime, Penn State allowed Nebraska to claw their way back in another lackluster second half.
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez was the difference, throwing for 171 yards and rushing for another 104 yards as Nebraska out-scored Penn State 26-3 in the 2nd half. Running back Ameer Abdullah pitched in another 116 yards on the ground, but averaged just 3.7 yards per carry, including a 33 yard scamper.
In all, the Penn State defense did a decent job of bottling up Abdullah and they limited Kenny Bell to just two catches. It was Taylor Martinez who just seemed to find a way to keep his offense on the field on 3rd down whether it was with his legs or his arm.
Matt McGloin completed just 18-37 passes for 241 yards and was called for a safety late in the game when the refs decided that Zordich was not in the area. Zach Zwinak had another really good performance, rushing 21 times for 121 yards, including a 50 yard touchdown early in the game. Allen Robinson did what he does, catching 6 passes for 97 yards. Late in the game, Robinson got behind the defense for a 38 yard gain that could have been a touchdown had it not been under-thrown.
The controversial play of the day came in the fourth quarter when Matt Lehman seemingly reached the ball across the goal line before it was jarred loose. The refs saw it differently than everybody else and called it as a fumble, recovered by Nebraska. Penn State fans are becoming accustomed to these kind of things. Keep in mind, had Zwinak not fumbled in the red zone or McGloin thrown the interception, setting Nebraska up at the Penn State 4 yard line, that call may not matter. Penn State and Bill O’Brien both know that you never want to put yourself in position where the refs can change the game. Today, they did just that.
“We’re not going to get those calls here. We’re not going to get those calls anywhere.” -Matt McGloin
Penn State will host the Indiana Hoosiers next Saturday at noon at Beaver Stadium.
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