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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Even the referee had seen enough.

Purdue found the end zone with no time left on the clock. The official promptly turned on his microphone and told everyone there was no need to bother with that extra point. The game was over.

Most fans at Ross-Ade Stadium had figured that out a few hours beforehand.

Penn State shook off its Ohio State hangover and dismantled the hapless Boilermakers 34-9 on a dreary Saturday in a half-empty stadium.

Bill O'Brien wasn't entirely sure what sort of performance he'd get from his team. The Nittany Lions (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten) had put everything into last week's game against the Buckeyes and still came up well short of the mark.

The Penn State coach's concern for most of the week was how his team would react to it.

You see teams that come off a big game, they don't win that game and then they let it linger, O'Brien said. The one thing that I've always learned from the good teams I've been around and the great head coaches I've been around is that you have to put that loss to bed.

You have to learn from it, but you have to bury it. However you bury it, you have to bury that loss. And that's what these kids did.

Penn State buried the Boilers along with it.

Matt McGloin had his second straight 300-yard passing day, throwing for two touchdowns while Michael Zordich added two scores on the ground.

The defense gave up a field goal on the game's opening drive before shutting out Purdue until that final play.

Penn State led 20-3 before halftime hit, and the outcome wasn't in doubt. That wasn't the case at the start of the week.

By all accounts, the Lions went back to work Monday after the Ohio State loss and responded with their worst practice of the season.

It was a waste, senior cornerback Stephon Morris said.

Players used more colorful language to describe it before getting back on the field Tuesday.

The senior class, led by linebacker Michael Mauti, got things back on track and O'Brien said it made a difference all the way through Saturday's blowout.

It doesn't matter who we're playing or what we're doing, Mauti said. It doesn't matter if there's 10 people in the stands or 110,000 in the stands. It doesn't matter if there's anyone in the stands. We're here to play football and we do it with passion.

That attitude showed up just a few plays into the game. Purdue (3-6, 0-5) got a big return on the opening kickoff and quickly drove to the Penn State 4.

Corner Adrian Amos made a big stick on a bubble screen for a loss. Jake Fagnano nearly came up with an interception in the end zone. The Boilers had to settle for a field goal, and the Lions' first-team defense wouldn't allow another point.

McGloin, meanwhile, continued his march up the Penn State record list, throwing for 321 yards. He became the first quarterback in Penn State history to record five career 300-yard passing games.

The senior from Scranton blew the game open by throwing touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half, connecting with Jesse James for 12 yards and Brandon Moseby-Felder for 41.

McGloin finished the day with 5,555 career yards and 40 touchdown passes, moving him past names like Kerry Collins and Chuck Fusina in the books. For his career, he now ranks third in completions, fourth in yards and fifth in touchdowns at Penn State with three games to go.

I've just tried to play within myself and play within the system, said McGloin, who has admitted that wasn't always the case in past years when he was fighting just to stay on the field. It's really paid off.

He got support on the ground from Zordich and Zach Zwinak, who rushed for a career-high 134 yards. The Lions finished the day with 38 rushes and 37 passes.

For O'Brien, the only number that mattered was six. One more win than they had last week.

We have a staff of winners. We have a roster of winners. We will never accept losing here at Penn State, O'Brien said. These kids want to win, this staff wants to win, Penn State wants to win. That's what we're gonna try to do every week.

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