What started out as a feel good story of the season, a walk-on quarterback leading Penn State into Columbus and emerging victorious, ended in disaster when Ohio State scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to win 38-14 against the Nittany Lions.
Matt McGloin, who looked strong in the first half, through two INTs for touchdowns in the second and never adjusted to the changes the Buckeyes implemented at the half. He looked dumbstruck on the sidelines by the final PSU series when Rob Bolden came in cold off the bench.
This week a lot was made of McGloin, a Scranton kid who was not recruited, but got the nod to start against Ohio State. Kirk Herbstreit even did a sit-down with him and seemed ready to nominate him for the Heisman before the second half happened.
The message to Herbstreit and McGloin is this – it’s not easy to take a team into hostile territory, and Rob Bolden did it against a better team than Ohio State. In fact. except for an injury, Bolden has done quite well as a freshman.
Quarterback “controversy” to be continued. I use the quotes because JoePa will start whomever he decides, so really there will be no controversy when the Nittany Lions take on Indiana at FedEx Field on Saturday.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits