Broad is proud to bring to you a brand new segment called "Inside
PSU." We are all aware of the recent events surrounding the proud
university involving some deranged higher-ups formerly employed by Penn State.
The 2012 football season at PSU marks the first season under a new regime and
even more monumentally, the start of a brand new chapter in Penn State history.
the national media will have their eyes closely affixed to the school from the
outside looking in, you can now rely on Buzz On Broad and our newest
contributor, PSU Insider Dan Smith, to shed light on the morale and attitude
from within the confines of Happy Valley.
Dan Smith to break down every game this season each week, from a gridiron
perspective to the pulse of the fan base and student body. Enjoy this recap
from Saturday's big win against Northwestern.
Penn State 39, Northwestern 28
Matt McGloin (PSU): 35-51, 282 yards, 2 TD
Trevor Siemian (NW): 21-36, 135 yards, 1 TD
Zach Zwinak (PSU): 28 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD
Venric Mark (NW): 13 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD
Allen Robinson (PSU): 9 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TD
Mike Trumpy (NW): 3 receptions, 28 yards
3:41 - PSU - Sam Ficken 21 Yd FG ... PSU 3-0
9:34 - PSU - Zach Zwinak 1 Yd TD Run (Sam Ficken Kick) ... PSU 10-0
6:23 - NW - Venric Mark 2 Yd TD Run (Jeff Budzien Kick) ... PSU 10-7
0:30 - NW - Trevor Siemian 11 Yd TD Pass to Tony Jones (Jeff Budzien Kick) ...
7:17 - PSU - Matt McGloin 8 Yd TD Pass to Allen Robinson (Sam Ficken Kick) ...
3:12 - NW - Kain Colter 10 Yd TD Run (Jeff Budzien Kick) ... NW 21-17
0:50 - NW - Venric Mark 75 Yd Punt Return TD (Jeff Budzien Kick) ... NW 28-17
9:49 - PSU - Matt McGloin 6 Yd TD Pass to Allen Robinson (Michael Zordich Run
for Conversion) ... NW 28-25
2:37 - PSU - Matt McGloin 5 Yd TD Run (Sam Ficken Kick) ... PSU 32-28
1:30 - PSU - Michael Zordich 3 Yd TD Run (Sam Ficken Kick) ... PSU 39-28
- I'm a senior, so this is my fourth season of regularly
attending home games in the student section. This may have been the best
experience I have had at a Penn State football game. It's the first ranked
opponent they have beaten at home. It's the first time I've seen a crowd amped
like that for a noon game. I have never seen the stadium like it was after the
touchdown to cut the lead to 28-25. Michael Yancich made a tackle on the ensuing
kickoff and the scene in the crowd was consistently chaotic from that point on.
The way the fans responded to that stop was something I had heard about before
I came to Penn State, but never saw until Saturday.
- This was Bill O'Brien's first truly great game as head
coach. He dealt with six different fourth down plays on offense, and put his
players in a great position to succeed on all of them. His players converted
five. Those conversions made the difference in the game.
- Matt McGloin put in yet another solid performance. He
is never going to be a great quarterback, but this team does not need a great
quarterback. It just needs a good one, and he has been that. McGloin looks
comfortable extending plays (aside from one awful sack he took) and has been
securing the football (aside from one late game fumble that he fortunately fell
on top of). For a guy who was known for committing a lot of turnovers, he has
had awfully few this season.
- McGloin's third down dash and semi-dive into the corner
of the endzone has already become iconic because he did the belt celebration
after scoring. That's what Nittany Lion fans always wanted from McGloin: solid
play to back up his confidence. (Also, everyone claims that it is Aaron
Rodgers' move, but didn't Freddie Mitchell do it first?)
- Zach Zwinak has emerged from being the sixth option in
the backfield to the first one in just three months. His performance so far
this season may be the most surprising story of all of them.
- Penn State's one weakness on offense? They are in
desperate need of a number two receiver. Alex Kenney and Brandon Moseby-Felder
are not the answers. Kenney has struggled to get open, and Felder has dropped a
couple of balls put right in his hands.
- Defensively, the Nittany Lions had another great
performance. The 28 points Northwestern scored were very deceiving: the first
came after Jesse Della Valle muffed a punt, the second came after an atrocious
pass interference call went against cornerback Stephon Morris on what should
have been a drive ending pass breakup, and the last one was a punt return. The
defense only yielded one true touchdown drive. Again, a great performance.
- Michael Mauti might be the best linebacker in the
country right now. However, I'm hesitant to predict where he will go in the
draft, which is a question people have been throwing out there this week.
Mauti's a great player, but he has had two major knee injuries in his time at
Penn State. Teams will be hesitant because of that. Right now, I see him as a
second round pick.
- I watched a lot of the game replay on ESPN3 yesterday,
and one big moment that went totally unnoticed by the broadcasters: after the
awful call against Morris, he went down with an injury on the next play. While
trainers looked over Morris, O'Brien came out to check on him. When he realized
that Morris was not seriously injured, he used the opportunity to scream at the
official on the farside who called the pass interference call, and when other
referees tried to back him up, he lit into them as well. And the fans went
absolute nuts. On the broadcast, this is happening while the broadcasters were
talking about Pat Fitzgerald. That's why everyone was cheering and then booing
in the background: it was in response to O'Brien's animated shouting match with
- Penn State has off this week and returns in two weeks
to take on Iowa in Iowa City. If Penn State wins that, they'll be 3-0 in the
Big Ten heading into the biggest game of the year: a night White Out against
Ohio State at Beaver Stadium on the 27th. It might be the biggest game at
Beaver Stadium in four years.
Dan Smith is Buzz on Broad's Penn State
Insider and the Executive Editor of Penn State's ComRadio. Contact him by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @ThatDanSmith.
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