Nov 10, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Zach Zwinak (28) sprints to the touchdown against Nebraska Cornhuskers defenders Daimion Stafford (3) and P.J. Smith (13) at Memorial Stadium in the first half. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Nebraska Edges Out Penn State on the Heels of a Controversial Call 32-23

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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  • bilmar318

    The call wasn’t controversial; the fix was in. The Big 10 and Mark Emmert and his neo-Nazis have a vendetta against Penn State,

  • Michael Kamens

    not sure i would go with the nazi comment but i agree. seems like refs are making a lot of fishy calls against psu and i do believe it is purposeful.

  • NCHusker

    Boy, do you guys whine… Your WHINY little B!tch Matt McGloin, should have been ejected from the game and a 15 yrd penalty accessed for removing his helmet. It is a good thing Nebraska cannot hold onto the ball or the score would have been worse.

    • psfann

      I’d agree with you on the 15 yard penalty. Not sure about an ejection. If there was a 15 yard “penalty” for the sideline infraction, then yes, he probably should have been ejected.

      We could say the same thing about holding onto the ball. Zwinak fumbled deep inside Nebraska territory. Lehman “fumbled” at the goal line. You have to admit that call was really bad on the replay. Not saying Penn State would have won with that call, but it had a B1G impact on the game. Officials are supposed to make the game fair and they ruined what would have otherwise been a really good game.

    • Guest

      “B1G impact…” I see what you did there.

    • catalacjack

      NC maybe if the refs called the holds against Neb in the second half you would have had 14 less points. Or how about the bogus intentional grounding in the end zone?