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Rare feats for QB McGloin


February 19. 2013 5:59PM
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STATE COLLEGE – Before 2010, a former walk-on had never started a game at quarterback in the Joe Paterno era.


After 2012, Matt McGloin will leave Penn State as one of the top signal-callers to ever play at the school.


The Scranton native ensured that against Indiana, rewriting more of the Nittany Lions' record book than perhaps anyone else has in a single day.


It's an honor, McGloin said after throwing for 395 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-22 win. I'm blessed to be with some of the great Penn State quarterbacks that have played here, and to be on top of the list is a great honor. It feels good when your hard work pays off.


I wouldn't have been able to do this without my teammates, and the coaching staff has really brought me a long way. I give a lot of the credit to them.


Those lists that he now tops are career passing touchdowns (45), single-season completions (251) and single-season passing yards (3,071).


And there could be more to come next week against Wisconsin.


McGloin needs just one more passing touchdown to tie Daryll Clark for the single-season mark (24). He had 22 career scoring strikes coming into the season.


He has 6,190 yards for his career, trailing only Zack Mills (7,212).


I saw him become a better leader (this season), coach Bill O'Brien said. Knowledge is power, so when you know the offense and you know what to do and what everyone else is doing, you have a chance to be a good leader. And I think he's done that this year.


About the only record McGloin didn't break Saturday was the single-game passing mark. At 395 yards, he finished just 5 away from the record. No Penn State quarterback has ever thrown for 400 yards in a game.


McGloin winked at the mention of it.


I guess, he said, I'll do it next week.



O'Brien angry at NFL talk


Asked point blank if he would definitely be back to coach at Penn State next season, O'Brien wasn't interested in giving a yes or no answer.


O'Brien, who has not been connected to any NFL jobs this year, was upset that the question was asked after the game Saturday after it had been brought up earlier in the week at his press conference.


You guys gave legs last week to a story that... there's no story there, O'Brien said. I'm focused on one game at a time. I'm focused on this football team. That's not something that I even think about.


I think about that I'm the head football coach at Penn State. And I'm looking forward to getting this team ready for Wisconsin. I mean, we give legs to a story that's not even there.


It might be (a yes-or-no question) for you. For me, it's Wisconsin. And this football team and this senior class. That's where I think the questions should be directed: Indiana. The senior class. Getting ready for Wisconsin.


I'm the head football coach at Penn State. I love coaching here. And I can't wait to get back to work on Monday and get ready for Wisconsin.



Infirmary report


Mauti's injury dominated the conversation Saturday but he wasn't the only one out.


Penn State's starting secondary had stayed intact for the first 10 weeks, only to be broken apart when safety Malcolm Willis went down with a knee injury last week at Nebraska.


Willis was listed as day-to-day this week, but the junior did little in practice leading up to the game and wore sweats with his jersey when he came out for warm-ups, signaling he would be inactive.


Fifth-year senior Jake Fagnano made his first career start in place of Willis. Fagnano started at strong safety while Stephen Obeng-Agyapong shifted back to free safety. Corners Stephon Morris and Adrian Amos each made their 11th straight start of the season.


Morris said Willis was not close to being able to play.


I think it's hard any time you lose a guy like Malcolm, O'Brien said. But those guys are resilient. They're tough. Maybe there's a bad play here and there, but they don't let it become a bad day. They'll rebound from plays.


Defensive tackle James Terry and tailback Curtis Dukes also missed the game with injuries.




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