Originally written on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 10/22/11

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Penn State’s defense made the adjustments they needed to make as Penn State pulled away from NorthwesternSaturday night. Penn State shut out the Wildcats in the second half after taking a 27-24 lead in to halftime. The win was Joe Paterno’s 408th career win, moving him in to a tie with Eddie Robinson for second most all-time. Penn State finally used one quarterback on offense, starting and finishing the game with Matt McGloin. McGloin had some moments of bewilderment but he ended the evening by going 17 for 26 for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns, each coming on the first two offensive possessions of the game. McGloin completed a short four-yard pass to Justin Brownto get Penn State on the scoreboard on their first official possession. The score tied the game after Northwestern struck first after Chaz Powell fumbled away the game’s opening kickoff. Penn State and Northwestern traded blows in the first half, with the Wildcats becoming the first team all season to score 14 points ...
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