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Thanksgiving 2013!

Today is the busiest travel day of the year they say which means Thanksgiving is tomorrow!I can’t make up my mind which is the better holiday, Thanksgiving or Opening Day. It’s a tough call, but I’m excited for family, food, football and fire in the fireplace — what’s not to love? Thanksgiving is why America wins, on points.

NOTHING CELEBRATES GIVING THANKS LIKE LITTERING

If the listening of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (I insist on the full name<) isn't one of you traditions, it should be. DC101 plays it annually and I typically hear on my way into work. Yup, I work on Thanksgiving -- time and half plus the holiday. Not bad and I don't miss dinner which is much more reasonable than the retailers who insist on opening on Thanksgiving night.

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

First fire of the season

Thanksgiving is pretty much a mandatory day to build a fire in the fireplace if you have one. Gas fireplaces don’t count.

HAVE SOME TURKEY BEFORE YOUR TURKEY

I always have my turkey before my turkey
A shot of Wild Turkey in a snifter with just a drop of water is a great reward for building the fire. That’s real Wild Turkey too, not the harsh 81 proof stuff.

TURKEY FOOTBALL WITH MOXIE
This year’s Thanksgiving Day NFL games feature the Detroit Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers (seems like a semi-annual tradition) and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Oakland Raiders. There is a night game too (only exceptable time for Thursday night football in my book) with the Pittsburgh Steelers playing the Baltimore Ravens. There are a couple of notes for the Dallas game:

1.) For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Cowboys are wearing regular blue jerseys at home. The last time they did it they were in the Cotton Bowl.

2.) In an even more unlikely event, Matt McGloin, is starting his third NFL game for as Raiders quarterback. From Penn State walk-on out of West Scranton to starting NFL quarterback — McGloin’s story is incredible. MOXIE!

Maybe Mike Francesa will learn his name:

Just another thing to make the chip on McGloin’s shoulder get bigger.

Washingtonians are just thankful that the Redskins don’t have to play again until Sunday night and that nobody has compared Robert Griffin III to a Jane Austen heroine. Aw, hamburgers.

THE BIRD

“We’d always have walking-bird on Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we’d all watch football, which in those days was called baseball…”

Abraham Simpson

Mom's turkey

Turkey is to be cooked on Thanksgiving, not the day before and NOT CHICKEN, like I once had to endure.

Here is how you carve it:

OVERFILLED TURKEY FRYER = CHINA SYNDROME

There’s more:

The Best Turkey Frying Disasters on the Internet
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LATE IN THE COWBOYS GAME

Back when we had a social contract, the commercial that Ed McMahon wished “you and yours the very best this holiday season” with the Clydesdales in the snow was the official beginning of the Christmas season. Then Ed’s narration was replaced in the mid-1990s and now that beer has been made even blander by the multinational conglomerate that owns it. And the Christmas season is forced on us by advertisers and radio stations long before Thanksgiving. Boo.

I don’t seem to be able to have a turkey leg on the couch during the 4th quarter anymore, but if you can, go for it.

BLACK FRIDAY

Sleep in. Go to work. Clean up. Just don’t go to the damn mall or sprawling big box development.

THANKSGIVING II

Do it all over again on Sunday. Some say it’s even better.

AS GOD AS MY WITNESS, I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY

Oh and of course there is an oral history of it now too h/t Vince Guerrieri

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Matt McGloin to Redskins rookie camp

Former walk-on (he hates being called that!) quarterback Matt McGloin has turned his up and down Penn State career into a mini-camp invitation by the Washington Redskins. Here are what Redskins fans ought to know:

He’s short

His arm is not a Division-IA (okay FBS) arm

He likes to throw deep

He has a temper and missed a bowl game after getting knocked out in a fight with a teammate during the worst month in his university’s history

He’s got MOXIE

He’s from West Scranton

He was great off the bench in several games

He is motivated by the doubts of others

He’s a ginger which some people make a big deal about

He had an Irish tri-color mouthpiece

He does not lack in confidence

He has started and won at FedEx Field before.

Penn State threatening in Indiana territory

When he plays within himself, he’s very effective

He beat out several highly recruited quarterbacks over and over again

He performed very well in a pro-style offense his senior year

He is an amazing success story that gets overlooked because his moxie rubbed people the wrong way at times

He will compete for a back-up job somewhere

I’ve got several seasons of Matt McGloin coverage from when I was a regular Penn State blogger.

I’m pulling for him. (Sorry Rex)

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Returning to the land of Penn State blogging, but for how long?

I have not blogged in the last two weeks since I wrote my tirade about Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. My reaction has gone to shock, anger, numbness to increasing ambivalence about my university and its football team. Sure, I have watched the Nittany Lions (the Nebraska game a day later) and all of that, but the passion is not what it was on say, October 30 or so. Will it come back? I cannot say. I don’t know if a Big Ten title, change of administration, new season, trip back to Beaver Stadium or whatever will re-ignite the way I feel. Maybe, I’m just going to see the games as something to watch on TV, rather than a part of my lifestyle. I was pleased the Nittany Lions won on Saturday, but nowhere near as excited as their last win over Ohio State in Columbus.

Some things I have noticed:

Tom Bradley has not taken a misstep yet as interim head coach. He is saying and doing the right things. I would not object to him given the job permanently, though it is a mortal lock that won’t happen because Intercollegiate Athletics is going to be completely turned over. It is a shame that people who apparently had no idea of what was going on are going to suffer because of Sandusky being a monster and the powers that be not doing enough about it. If Rodney Erickson can be take over as president, I don’t see any reason based on what we know today, that Bradley can’t be head coach.

David Joyner, the acting athletic director and until recently, Trustee has the job locked up. Power has swung back to the board after 16 years of Graham Spanier as university president and 45 years of Joe Paterno as head coach and they will want to hold on to it. Having one of their own running Intercollegiate Athletics will do that.

Boosters, like Terry Pegula, will have power to write more than a check moving forward. Their influence is going to start counting now, just like at other programs.

I’m more sad for Sue Paterno than Joe over the end of his career and cancer diagnosis. I wish him well though and hope that someday, he’ll be able to get a “Joe Paterno Day” at Beaver Stadium after the legal process is over.

Jay Paterno has handled the situation very well from what I have seen. Also, if Yale has a coaching vacancy (which they might) don’t be shocked if Jay psuhes hard for that job.

Matt McGloin has also impressed me with his handling of the situation. He’s matured an awful lot over the last year on and off the field. I am pulling for him.

Rob Bolden will leave the program, book it.

Stephfon Green is playing really hard and well right now. I’m glad to see it, he nearly threw it all away, but clearly learned from the experience.

Ohio State is wearing gray pants again. Good job, Buckeyes.

I have a bunch of silly questions for a guest prognosticator, but I don’t feel like asking them. While that feature is always trivial, I don’t feel like asking them. I usually prefer to laugh through stuff, but don’t think I’ll bother.

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Matt McGloin does Q&A with ESPN

Friday Q&A: Penn State QB Matt McGloinESPN
Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin is saying the right things (though hinting there is more he’d like to say) about the 2011 Nittany Lions. It sounds as though he had a bit of an epiphany during preseason practice – Don’t screw it up for the defense! McGloin said he realizes he has to control the game, rather than get to excited and try to make lots of big plays.

While McGloin still forces throws, he’s doing it a lot less than he had been last year. Based on this he’s really matured as a quarterback, but we won’t know until after the Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin games.

h/t Black Shoe Diaries fanshot (which no one reads)

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Blue White Roundtable: Bye week blues

Adam Collyer of Black Shoe Diaries writes the questions because bloggers don’t take bye weeks…

BSD: The Nittany Lions now sit at #15 in the polls, having won 7 straight. Think back to the morning of September 3rd. What were your expectations for this team? Are they were you thought they would be today?

WFY: I expected this team to be 7-2 at best with a loss to Iowa thrown in because I also picked Iowa over Penn State until proven otherwise. I also expected Rob Bolden to have turned into a decent quarterback by now and the defense to be improved, but not this improved. I did not expect Silas Redd to be this good. Lastly, I did not expect Penn State to have a 2½ game lead in the (looks it up) Leaders Division.

BSD: The defense has obviously been spectacular, and several players have made game changing contributions. For much of the year, the defensive MVP has looked like Devon Still, who is playing as well (or maybe even better) than Jared Odrick during his stellar senior campaign. Recently, Gerald Hodges has been virtually unstoppable. Who is the defensive MVP after nine weeks?

WFY: Devon Still has been a beast throughout the season. He has what, 15½ tackles for a loss this year? Outstanding. He’s the defensive MVP. Gerald Hodges is probably the runner up, he’s really come on this month. Overall, I’m quite pleased with the defense, I knew they would be better, but I didn’t think they’d be this much better.

BSD: Is there any appropriate way to get Rob Bolden playing time at this juncture? What do you expect will happen with him by the end of the year?

WFY: Rob Bolden is Saturday’s starter.

The only appropriate ways for Bolden to play are at the end of a blowout with Penn State up big or if McGloin gets injured. I was in favor of him playing in the second quarter since McGloin was having problems, but Bolden is just lost. I think he leaves the program which is a shame, but I can’t blame him. Starting as a true frosh was the worst thing that could ever happen to him and supports the old Joe Paterno cliche “I’d rather play a kid too late than too early.”

Nice to hear his mom thinks he’s taking it well
, certainly not the impression one gets from his sideline demeanor.

BSD: Silas Redd has rushed for over 1000 yards and still has at least four games left on the schedule. What will he finish with for the year?

WFY: I think Silas Redd finishes with between 1,300 and 1,400 yards in the regular season and a lot of stingers. Oh and All-Big Ten as well. Figure on another 100 yards in post-season play.

BSD: Most Penn State fans have embraced this teams “win ugly” attitude and believe they can finish strong. If this team were to lose 2 of the next 3, how will that change your opinion of them?

WFY: I don’t think my opinion would change much if they only won once in November for a few reasons — they have tougher teams on the schedule and the last two games are on the road. Only blowouts in the last 3 games could make me feel really bad, but I’ll be disappointed if and when they lose because they have come so far. Winning 2 out of 3 would be outstanding and 3 out of 3 is a mortal lock to not happen I’m afraid.

BSD: Predict the team’s record and bowl game.

WFY: I predicted a 9-4 season at the outset, some I am going to stick to that here, much as it pains me to do so. I think they’ll go to the Capital One Bowl or possibly the Gator Bowl. Outback is out because they went last year.

The Roundtable

JoePa’s Doghouse
Nittany Lions Den
The 50-Yard Lion

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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 10 Illinois Fighting Illini 7

Penn State football may be hazardous to your health
In the last 3 minutes of the Penn State Nittany Lions victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini, I noted that I feel my heart racing and wondered aloud what my heart-rate was then. I had not expected to actually measure it, but there just happened to be tools where I watching the game, so there you have it. The narrative was going to be that the 2011 Nittany Lions may be hazardous to your health, but at least in terms of heart rate, that’s not unhealthy (blood pressure would be considered “prehypertension” for the record). In fact, at my weight, that would be fat-burning if I was on an elliptical trainer. So, might the 2011 Nittany Lions make me leaner? Now we’re talking.

Winning ugly is better than losing pretty and winning fugly, even more so. I did not think Penn State would have as much trouble in the conditions as they did. I’m disappointed by them in that regard. It really exposed how not having a good tight end or fullback Joe Suhey catching he ball out of the backfield really hurt them I think. I should modify this criticism to note that the conditions (which on the field were merely wet I believe — snow never piled up on the field) did not hurt the defense which had about 10 tackles for a loss on the day. The two defensive tackles Devon Still and Jordan Hill combined for about 20 tackles and 4½ for a loss. LB Gerald Hodges had 19 tackles! MLB Glenn Carson, whose name I have not heard a lot this season, made some critical tackles as well. Drew Astorino also had some good tackles in the first half in particular. I am not sure the Illini even had a first down in the first half. The domination was that total.

The absence of WR Derek Moye hurt more than I thought it would. I had come the conclusion that the wideouts had shown enough with him off the field to not be worried. I have been proven wrong. Justin Brown dropped passes he normally would not have and Brandon Moseby-Felder reminded us why he hasn’t been seen much with a dropped pass and a penalty. That being said the woeful passing game could not be explained simply by receivers dropping balls, Matt McGloin was unimpressive in the 1st quarter, throwing several bad throws in additions to the drops. The high-water mark was a missed field goal from 43 yards out by Anthony Fera.

Even less impressive was Rob Bolden, who got to take snaps in the second quarter. I was not against that given how McGloin was playing but Bolden continued to show he has nothing to offer as quarterback right now. Has he been treated fairly? Probably not, but he simply does not have it.

Illinois showed signs of life late in the first half, alternating between quarterbacks Nathan Scheelhaase and Reily Ford, but a touchdown was called back by a penalty. Two plays later, a bad snap on a field goal attempt turned into an interception, one of 4 Illini turnovers on the day.

In the second half, Penn State continued to struggled offensively, while the Illini started improving a bit and getting actual yardage and first down. Late in the third quarter after stopping a McGloin sneak on 4th down, the Illini marched down the field for the game’s first score, a touchdown. The Penn State defensive was wearing down a bit, having had no support from the offense. The Nittany Lions drove down inside the 10, but Silas Redd was stuffed twice and McGloin was sacked and fumbled on third down. Penn State kept the ball and Fera finally got them on the board with a field goal. Illinois then held onto the ball until having to punt with about three minutes left in the game and the anemic Penn State offense needing to go 80 yards to take the lead.

Enter Moye. Just having him on the field made all the difference. His first reception after coming in on the final Nittany Lions drive seemed to focus the rest of the receievers, including Brown. Oh and Moye was interfered with all the down the field on the pass interference call on 4th down. Not seeing any other options, McGloin threw deep for Moye near the goal line. The 15 yard penalty and a completion to Moye put the Nittany Lions on the doorstep. Two Silas Redd (the only PSU runner to get any meaningful yardage, he ran better in the conditions than I expected and needs this bye badly) runs later and the improbable touchdown gave Penn State the lead.

Scheelhaase used his legs and his arm to get the visitors in field goal range. Then, as time was ready to expire, this happened:

Black Shoe Diaries simply said “This is why we love college football.”

Fight On State had a great view too:

I have been quite critical of the student section for blindly going along with Guido D’Elia’s efforts to make Beaver Stadium a generic experience, but they impressed me here. The doink of the football hitting the right crossbar concluded a shocking end to a frustrating game.

The win was Joe Paterno’s 409th as head coach, surpassing Eddie Robinson for the all-time Division I record.

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#22 Penn State Nittany Lions 34 NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS 24

Just before the game began last night, my wife asked me who had the first possession and I said, “hopefully, us, Northwestern is kicking off.” So, naturally Chaz Powell fumbled away a good kickoff return and Dan Persa and Northwestern quickly converted to go up 7-0 before Penn State QB Matt McGloin could even get on the field for his first start of the season.

McGloin and RB Silas Redd wasted little time and directed the Nittany Lions down the field. McGloin found Justin Brown for a 4 yard touchdown and the extra point tied it up. The defensive responded the next series and sacked Persa on consecutive plays to force a punt. Penn State responded quickly after the punt with McGloin throwing a bomb to Devon Smith for a touchdown on the first play of the drive.

Northwestern responded with Kain Colter taking over at QB. Persa came back in and finished the drive with a TD pass to Coulter tying up the game again. Penn State could only manage an Anthony Fera field goal on their next drive and Northwestern took the lead again behind a long Colter run and then a Colter touchdown. Penn State could only respond with another Fera field goal to make 21-20, Northwestern.

The Wildcats would expand their lead 24-20 with a field goal, leaving Penn State with less than a minute in the half. After two plays failed to get a first down, Redd took off for 42 yards on the third down, giving Penn State a chance to score before the end of the half. After an incompletion, McGloin connected with Smith to get down the 1. Stephfon Green scored from 1 yard out with just second in the half remaining. He and Redd were VERY fired up after the score as Penn State went into the half leading 27-24.

Northwestern started the second half by driving down the field, until Gerald Hodges intercepted a deflected Persa pass and returned it deep into Northwestern territory. On the next play, Redd took a handoff all the way to paydirt for what would be the final score of the game. Penn State led 34-24.

After a shootout in the first half, the defenses settled down and Penn State was content to sit on the lead for the most part. A promising Penn State drive near field goal range ended with McGloin getting sacked, forcing PSU’s first punt of the game after the midway point of the 3rd quarter. Penn State would sack Persa twice in a row on two drives in the second half. He’d leave the game with an apparent foot injury after a 4th quarter scramble. Another Penn State drive would stall just before field goal range. Northwestern would put Trevor Siemian in at quarterback, but he was unable to get Northwestern to the end zone. Penn State ran out the clock deep in Northwestern territory after the Wildcats couldn’t convert on 4th down.

MORE OBSERVATIONS

Persa was deadly accurate passing and had an excellent first half. The Penn State offense matched him stride for stride though and the Wildcats ran out of a steam, the prevailing narrative of the Northwestern season apparently. Biggest surprise of the night — no crowd shot’s of Persa’s mom.

Hodges was a beast with interception and over a dozen tackles. He’s really blossomed this season.

Jack Crawford had one of his better games in a long time. He got to Persa a couple of times and created some havoc behind the line of scrimmage.

Everybody on the defensive line had a sack or more. I can’t ever recall a defense ever getting consecutive sacks on three different occasions.

McGloin had an excellent first half. If he made any stupid throws, I don’t remember them. He responded very well to his first start. I think he’s matured considerably as a quarterback, but need more data to make that a conclusion. I think we’ll get it.

Smith had his biggest game ever. I can’t say I’m shocked it was against Northwestern.

Redd had his fourth consecutive game over 100 yards rushing. He’s a beast.

Green contributed more than he had all season. He’s out of the doghouse.

Curtis Dukes and Brandon Beachum barely played.

Derek Moye
getting hurt may be a blessing in disguise, it forced McGloin out of his comfort zone and made him throw to more wideouts.

No Joe Suhey yesterday, which was odd since he’s from Chicagoland. I wonder if he was hurt or in the doghouse.

Northwestern receivers were wide open throughout the game. The secondary needs to learn from this one. I though Tom Bradley would have gotten the defense settled down earlier than he did.

Penn State is now atop the Leaders division after Wisconsin’s shocking loss to Michigan State.

I was pleased to hear that The Maryland Bureau Chief Emeritus celebrated with Maker’s Mark last night. That was choice for a “good stiff bourbon” as well.

Oh and Northwestern — the silver helmets and monochromatic uniforms were stupid. If your jerseys don’t have a “Northwestern stripe” on them, you don’t deserve to win.

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State vs. Northwestern

This week’s questions from Adam Collyer at Black Shoe Diaries

BSD: The “Bend-But-Don’t-Break” defense is supposed to prevent the big play and force the opposition to put together a long, mistake-free drive if it wants to score. Last week against Purdue, the Nittany Lion defense did the opposite, giving up multiple plays of 20 yards or more while forcing drive killing turnovers. What was the reason for that difference – a shift in defensive philosophy or just uncharacteristic breakdowns?

WFY: I don’t think the defensive philosophy shifted (aside from less blitzing than the previous week), I think the Boilermakers were just more successful than many teams have been against the Nittany Lions defense getting the big play. It just worked out that Purdue played a higher risk, higher reward offense and Penn State got a bunch of turnovers out of it. It was an atypical game, but ultimately, the defense bent but didn’t break.

BSD: Silas Redd has gained 100 yards or more in each of the last three games. Last year, he rushed for 131 yards and an eye popping 11.9 yards per carry against Northwestern. Do you expect a repeat performance this week?

WFY: I think expecting any back to average almost 12 yards a carry is foolish. I’m all for Redd averaging that much, but if he averages half that, I’ll be pretty happy. The biggest concern is that they don’t give him so many carries, they need to keep him under 25 and give Curtis Dukes about 10 carries.

BSD: Dan Persa is still Northwestern’s best offensive weapon. How do we make sure we contain him?

WFY: Everything I have heard about Dan Persa this season is that he’s still recovering from his ACL injury and not as mobile as last year. So, I think PSU needs to blitz him early with Gerald Hodges and test Persa’s mobility. If he’s not mobile, send Hodges often. I don’t know if Persa can be rattled much, but even if they don’t hit him, making him run is going to wear him out.

BSD: In our Indiana Roundtable, we wondered whether Nate Stupar could keep up the frenetic pace set by Mike Mauti. How do you feel Stupar’s played since returning to the starting lineup? Has the defense missed a beat?

WFY: Nate Stupar has really impressed me this season. I knew he would be solid, but he’s been all over the place since Mauti got hurt. I think Stupar has played his way into a NFL training camp if he keeps this up. I do not think the defense has missed Mauti yet, but there will probably be a game this season when they do.

BSD: Predictions.

WFY: A prominent player’s mother will be shown on television several times. Pat Fitzgerald will be mentioned as a possible successor to Joe Paterno. Penn State won’t come out flat. Matt McGloin will play fairly well against the Northwestern secondary, but still throw some passes that make over 140,000 dues paying alumni cringe. Rob Bolden will start, but be pulled early and thus continue to be humiliated. Penn State will win and cover, but it will be back and forth and decided in the 4th quarter. Penn State 27 Northwestern 19

The Roundtable

JoePa’s Doghouse
Nittany Lions Den
The 50-Yard Lion

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Bolden and McGloin debate unsettled by Joe Paterno, rock, paper, scissors, rock’em sock’em robots…

Everybody but Penn State head coach Joe Paterno seems to have concluded that Matt McGloin is the best or “least bad” option as Nittany Lions quarterback right now. While Rob Bolden may continue to get the start, just about everybody figures that McGloin will get the majority of snaps against the Purdue Boilermakers this week, so the awkward situation for all involved will likely continue.

The Centre County Report video below by College of Communication students is about two weeks old, but probably just as timely. McGloin and Bolden try to determine amongst themselves who should be the #1 while the other one gets out of town:

PSU QB Battle from psucommedia on Vimeo.

That’s pretty cool of them to agree to this, maybe even a little surprising since they are never around each other on the sidelines.

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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 13 Iowa Hawkeyes 3

After leading the Penn State Nittany Lions 90 yards down the field, QB Matt McGloin threw an interception in the end zone late in the third quarter. Iowa took over at the 20 yard line and I thought to myself, “this is where the Hawkeyes turn it around and come back to beat Penn State.” Then something unusual happened — Iowa didn’t come back and Penn State marched down the field and scored the game’s only touchdown to win.

It has been a long time since a Penn State football game was as fun as the one on Saturday. The Nittany Lions reverted to crog-magnon football — fun the up the middle over and over again. They did it for the best reason, because they could. The PSU offensive line had perhaps its best game since the 2007 Outback Bowl when the stream-rolled over the Tennessee Volunteers. Late in the game, the Lions pounded the ball down Iowa’s throat 10 straight times before a McGloin 2 yard touchdown pass to TE Kevin Haplea. Slias Redd, Curtis Dukes and Joe Suhey combined to have only run less than 4 yards as the Hawkeyes were worn down. It was beautiful.

Penn State had almost 36 minutes of possession. Part of that is because the Hawkeyes ran with no-huddle at times, but mostly it was because Penn State controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. After an initial field goal drive, Iowa did not threaten much. Despite facing a weakened Penn State secondary, Iowa could not take advantage of it. The defense was more aggressive than normal with more blitzing that we have seen in a long time from coordinator Tom Bradley. Gerald Hodges was the main attacker and he had his best game thus far. The defensive backs had a great day containing the Iowa wideouts who came in with a bit of acclaim.

The PSU quarterback situation is nearly resolved, at least in most of the fans eyes. Terrible end zone interception aside, McGloin looks more comfortable as the signal caller and has had a better season. Rob Bolden may have more upside, but he has not shown it yet. 3 for 7 with all catches coming off of deflections (including one off of an official foot!) hasn’t helped his cause. He looks lost out there. I feel for him, he got thrown into a tough situation being a true freshman starter last year, but if anything he’s regressed. McGloin however, may be improving, though anybody can hand off 10 times in a row. Right now, McGloin is the best answer for the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions are now 5-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten with Purdue (3-2, 1-0) on the way for Homecoming next Saturday at noon.

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