The Nittany Lions (6-3 3-2) make a comeback from 21 down to get the comeback victory and get Joe Paterno his 400th win of his hall of fame coaching career.
Again, filling in for Robert Bolden, backup quarterback Matt McGloin threw four touchdowns, passed for 225 yards without a pick. After allowing 21 points, a stingy Nittany Lion defense did not allow a point in the second half. Penn State had 260 yards on the ground. Evan Royster rushed for 134 yards on 25 carries and one receiving touchdown and Silas Redd had 131 yards on 11 carries and one rushing touchdown. Evan Royster and Silas Reed become the fourth pair of Penn State rushers to gain 130 yards on the ground in the same game in school history.
Dan Persa tried to do his best imitation of Denard Robinson but just like Robinson’s efforts, is was not enough. He threw for 201 yards on 16/25 passing attempts, and rushed for 109 yards on 25 carries. The last big play for Northwestern(6-3 2-3) was a one handed leaping catch by tight end Drake Dunsmore. Persa was able to put up spectacular numbers, but he was not able to play the role of spoiler this week.
Freshman Rob Bolden started for the first time since being knocked out of the Minnesota game two weeks ago. However, he was pulled after fumbling the ball away on a sack on his second series. Paterno said that Bolden was not injured. After the rushing touchdown by Redd, Penn State was up for good. Northwestern had one last final drive haulted when Persa drove the offense to the Penn State 9 with 8:13 left but, threw an incompletion into the end zone on fourth down. Penn State’s defense was lead by linebacker Michael Mauti, who help lead a defense that was able to hault a double threat quaterback again.
Chants of Paterno, Paterno, Paterno were englofed thoughout the stadium as time began to tick away. Paterno, who played it cool looked as if he was tuning the whole thing out. Even Sue Paterno tried herself not to make a big deal out of the whole thing. The Paternos’ son and quarterback coach Jay Paterno said the whole family initially planned not to attend the game.
“Mom, I hate to tell you, but it’s kind of a big deal. 400 wins really hasn’t been done at this level,” he said in relaying the conversation before tearing up.
Joe Paterno who was excited about the 400th win, but was more impressed with how his boys came back to win the game.” To see them come back the way they came back, Joe Paterno said, “really, it sounds phony, but really it was more important to me than whether it was 350 wins or 400 wins”
Before leaving the field and speaking in front of a packed house at Beaver Stadium, screams out, let’s go and beat Ohio State who they play next week away at 3:30.
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Written by Dane Hodge
I am a recent graduate of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. I majored in Communications with my emphasis in Radio/Television and Film. I have recently been writing for the Brookdale Community College Men's and Women's soccer teams in Lincroft, New Jersey on the athletic page of the school website. My love for sports is beyond this world. My real love is Television. I am a volunteer for Brookdale television as a broadcaster. One day I hope to become a great sports broadcaster, as of right now I believe that my volunteer work and my will to succeed will guide me to the path that I want. When I was younger I wrote for the Asbury Park Press in 2000, 2001. I have been writing for a while now and it is something in which I enjoy.