FIRST QUARTER PSU -- Allen Robinson 26-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Sam Ficken kick), 4:26. Drive: 7 plays, 91 yards, 2:46. Analysis: Penn State strikes first, but the Nittany Lions aren't in much of a mood to celebrate. On the drive before the touchdown strike to Robinson -- who had earlier in the frame set the Penn State record for catches in a season -- Beaver Stadium went silent. Senior linebacker Michael Mauti, the heart and soul of the team, was carted off the field with a knee injury after being felled by a chop block. The defense responds by forcing a punt and the offense goes the length of the field for the score. On fourth-and-3, McGloin isn't about to play it safe, throwing it up to Robinson in single coverage. Robinson leaps over top of a defender near the sideline to bring the ball down in bounds and in the end zone for the score. On the play McGloin moved into second-place on the school's all time passing yardage and passing touchdowns list. He also broke Penn State's single-season record for completions. PENN STATE 7, INDIANA 0.
IU -- Mitch Ewald 26-yard field goal, 14:44. Drive: 10 plays 55 yards, 2:07. Analysis: And the scoring binge begins. With Penn State playing the pass against the throw-happy Hoosiers, Indiana comes up with a few big runs to open things up for the offense. The Lions defense holds on first-and-goal from the 9, however, and Indiana settles for the field goal. PSU 7, IU 3.
IU -- Ted Bolser 2-yard pass from Cameron Coffman (Ewald kick), 13:20. Drive: 6 plays, 27 yards, 1:11. Analysis: And the Hoosiers take the lead in a split second. On the Lions' first play after the field goal, McGloin throws a ball into a tight space toward Matt Lehman, who can't haul it in. The pass bounces off of the big tight end and right to Indiana's Antonio Marshall, giving the Hoosiers the ball at the Lions 27. It's McGloin's fifth pick of the season and the third that deflected off of his intended receiver. On first-and-goal, the Hoosiers run a nice play that opens things up for the tight end and Bolser is wide open for the score and an Indiana lead. IU 10, PSU 7.
PSU -- Robinson 53-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 8:56. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:31. Analysis: One of McGloin's shortest career throws turns into his longest career completion. McGloin dumps a pass off to Robinson in the slot, and the sophomore took advantage of an over-aggressive defense, spinning past a safety before racing for a game-changing score. McGloin tied Penn State's career touchdown mark with the play and Robinson became just the third receiver in school history to catch 10 touchdowns in a season. PSU 14, IU 10.
IU -- Ewald 44-yard field goal, 7:06. Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 1:45. Analysis: The Hoosiers waste no time throwing against the Lions' shorthanded secondary on the ensuing drive. Ewald came on and hit a 44-yarder to make it a one-point game. A 32-yard completion to Shane Wynn sets them up before a Stephen Obeng-Agyapong sack sets them back. Ewald hits another kick to pull within a point. PSU 14, IU 13.
PSU -- Robinson 10-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 2:25. Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 4:32. Analysis: And McGloin makes history. Getting in a clear rhythm, the senior from Scranton becomes Penn State's all-time leader in passing touchdowns at 44, finding Robinson in the end zone for the third time in the half. It's another impressive grab by Robinson -- a true sophomore -- and his second three-score game of the season. Only Bobby Engram (13) has more touchdown catches in one year. PSU 21, IU 13.
PSU -- Zach Zwinak 16-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 0:31. Drive: 3 plays, 62 yards, 0:54. Drive: And McGloin isn't done. After Gerald Hodges makes a leaping interception at the Penn State 38, the Lions score again with plenty of time to spare before halftime. McGloin hits Jesse James for a 42-yard gain down the left sideline. Two plays later he finds his tailback wide open on that same left sideline. Zwinak has issues hauling it in, however, and juggles it as he crosses the goal line. One official signals touchdown. Another says incomplete. Finally they rule a touchdown, and the call stands on replay -- the opposite outcome from last week's key play at Nebraska. PSU 28, IU 13.
IU -- Stephen Houston 79-yard pass from Coffman (kick failed), 13:04. Drive: 1 play, 79 yards, 0:14. Analysis: The Hoosiers won't go away quietly as their first play of the second half goes the distance. It's a simple swing pass to the right side to the starting tailback Houston. But Hodges misses the initial tackle at the sideline and suddenly Houston has the jets on full burn. No one in the secondary can catch him until he's right at the goal line and the Hoosiers are alive. Ewald, who had been a perfect 100-for-100 in his career on extra points, pushes attempt No. 101 wide, keeping it a two-score game. PSU 28, IU 19.
IU -- Ewald 46-yard field goal, 8:34. Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 2:03. Analysis: A bizarre quarter for Ewald continues as he recovers his own onside kick after the missed extra point as Indiana takes over. Ewald proceeds to end that drive with a miss from 55 yards out, but the Hoosiers get the ball right back thanks to a bad fumble by Zwinak -- his fourth in the last five games. This time Ewald connects to close the gap to six points. PSU 28, IU 22.
PSU -- Zwinak 1-yard run (Ficken kick), 5:33. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:01. Analysis: For the second time on the day, Zwinak gets the benefit of the doubt on a play at the goal line. McGloin leads the Lions down the field, hitting Robinson for a gain of 42 and then finding Brandon Moseby-Felder for a conversion on fourth-and-10. Another catch by Moseby-Felder goes to the 1 and Zwinak checks back in for the first time since his fumble. He appears to be stuffed up the middle but manages to extend the ball over the plane for a touchdown. PSU 35, IU 22.
PSU -- Michael Zordich 4-yard run (Ficken kick), 0:17. Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards, 3:18. Another touchdown drive, another huge record for McGloin. McGloin becomes just the second quarterback in Penn State history to top 3,000 yards in a season and breaks the single-season mark in the process, edging out Daryll Clark, who had 3,003 in 13 games in 2009. Zordich gets the final touchdown of the day, taking a shot at the goal line in the process. PSU 42, IU 22.
PSU -- Ficken 28-yard field goal, 3:56. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 6:30. Analysis: All that's left are the stats. And McGloin nearly gets another record, extending his career-best passing day to 395 yards, just 5 yards short of 400 and the school record (Zack Mills, 399 vs. Iowa in 2002). Robinson finishes with 197 yards receiving. Both look to the sideline for one more shot at it on fourth down, but in a 20-point game, Bill O'Brien calls on his field goal unit. PSU 45, IU 22.
|Time of Possession||26:14||33:46|
RUSHING—Indiana, Roberts 5-28, Roundtree 4-13, Coleman 3-12, Houston 4-8, Coffman 9-(minus 17), Team 1-(minus 20). Penn St., Zwinak 29-135, Zordich 9-49, Team 1-(minus 1), McGloin 5-(minus 32).
PASSING—Indiana, Coffman 33-59-2-454. Penn St., McGloin 22-32-1-395.
RECEIVING—Indiana, Wynn 12-108, D.Wilson 6-78, Bolser 4-52, Hughes 3-61, Houston 2-90, Latimer 2-31, Stoner 2-20, Chester 1-7, Roberts 1-7. Penn St., Robinson 10-197, Moseby-Felder 4-42, Lehman 3-46, James 1-42, Zordich 1-27, Zwinak 1-16, Williams 1-14, Zanellato 1-11.