This just in — Matt McGloin just threw another interception.
The Penn State Nittany Lions concluded their 2010 season with an interception filled Outback Bowl against the Florida Gators. Despite leading heading into the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions lost fairly big. McGloin, the walk-on quarterback showed why he was a walk-on and why his teammates dubbed in Brett Favre prior to the season. McGloin threw 5 interceptions and several other passes that could have been if the Gators could catch. Overall, he completed less than 50% of his passes. The big question is why was he on the field long enough to throw 5 interceptions? While there is no doubt in my mind that McGloin gets his teammates motivated, he has not shown in any games against superior competition that he can get the job done. It is unfortunate, because McGloin did inject some excitement into an otherwise dreary season and did provide some memories in the Michigan and Northwestern games. Otherwise, he was never more than solid and as we saw yesterday, he was often terrible. I think I have seen enough of Matt McGloin, starting quarterback — I certainly had by the 3rd quarter yesterday.
Why McGloin did not get the hook when freshman Rob Bolden got pulled for less is a mystery, one that Bolden does not want to stick around to solve. Yesterday, Bolden indicated that he was leaving the program (Patriot-News). Apparently, Bolden was planning to leave even before the bowl game (Altoona Mirror) because he believed that McGloin was held to a much lesser standard. I agree with Bolden on that front. I just wonder if the coaching staff knew that beforehand.
I have another theory, McGloin was Joe Paterno’s choice all along. Remember at the beginning of the season when Joe said he talked to all the coaching staff and got their input on the QB? I think they talked him into Bolden and he regretted it. BOlden isn’t out the door yet officially, but I don’t see Paterno trying to talk someone who went public about transferring into returning.
As for the game, my suggestion that the Nittany Lions use Silas Redd more was pretty poor. Redd could not get anything going, but Evan Royster could, rushing for nearly 100 yards. The defense was okay, but they got worn down late. Special teams were pretty bad too. Florida did not play great, but good enough to win. The biggest thing they did other than catch half the balls that McGloin threw right too them, was stop Penn State on third down.
Justin Brown dropped three McGloin passes that would have been first downs.
The pass interference call against the Nittany Lions deep in Penn State territory was a poor one. The defense never really recovered from it.
Oh and the Pitt job is now available because their new coach got arrested for domestic violence. Tom Bradley may be a stronger candidate than the first go round, because he’d be seen as a “safe” choice and a genuinely high character guy. Though being a lifelong Nittany Lion may ultimately hold him back.
It will be a very interesting month of Penn State football…