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McGloin gets national stage Thursday


November 26. 2013 9:05AM

By - jsoprano@civitasmedia.com






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The Matt McGloin show will get a national audience on Thanksgiving Day.


The Oakland Raiders quarterback and Scranton native did enough in the Raiders’ 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans to keep the starting job against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.


“Yeah, I thought Matt played well,” coach Dennis Allen told ESPN. “And for him to lead us back when we needed a touchdown, he got us the touchdown we needed to give us the lead. We just couldn’t hold it defensively.”


McGloin finished Sunday’s game 19 of 32 for 260 yards with a touchdown and interception.


“(It was an) up and down day,” McGloin said after the game. “We missed some opportunities.”


McGloin did lead the Raiders on a go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter.


He moved the Raiders 75 yards in five plays and 2:42. He capped the drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass to fullback Marcel Reese.


He was also responsible for three points the Titans put on the board by throwing a interception deep in Oakland territory.


“Just a bad decision by me,” McGloin said of the interception. “I didn’t put the ball where I needed to.”


Of course, the Raiders loss benefited another Scranton native and Penn Stater. Titans head coach Mike Munchak was an all-American offensive lineman with the Nittany Lions in the early ’80s.


Here’s how other Penn Staters in the NFL fared in Week 12:


• Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski was at his usual starting position, while defensive end Jack Crawford assisted on one tackle.


• Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali left Sunday’s41-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers in the first half with an injured ankle. He did not return to the game and left the stadium on crutches. Hali had an MRI on the ankle Monday and, according to multiple media reports, he suffered only a sprain. It’s not know if he will be able to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos. He assisted on one tackle before being injured. Chargers guard Johnnie Troutman started on the offensive line, while fellow lineman Rich Ohrnberger served as a reserve.


• Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould hit all three of his extra points in the Bears’ 42-21 loss to the St. Loius Rams.


• Minnesota Vikings linebacker Michael Mauti had one solo tackle in the Vikings 26-26 tie with the Green Bay Packers. Fellow linebacker Gerald Hodges had two tackles (one solo). Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was active but didn’t record a reception.


• Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee sat out the Cowboys’ 24-21 victory over the New York Giants with a hamstring injury.


• Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Derek Moye was inactive for the Steelers’ 27-11 victory over the Cleveland Browns.


• Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake was a factor throughout the Dolphins’ 20-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Despite recording only two solo tackles, Wake consistently pressured Panthers quarterback Cam Newton throughout the game. Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick had three solo tackles in the game.


• Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny returned from a concussion with 14 tackles (11 solo) in the Jaguars 13-6 victory over the Houston Texans. Jaguars linebacker Nate Stupar had one solo tackle.


• Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster, linebacker Josh Hull and San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman were in action Monday night.


• Baltimore Ravens left guard A.Q. Shipley struggled against the Jets. He could have been called for numerous holding penalties, according to ESPN.com.




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