Saturday, September 22, 2012
McGloin inspires team to victory
By Josh Moyer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Allen Robinson could sense his quarterback's confidence in the huddle Saturday.
So whenever Matt McGloin told him they were going to score, Robinson believed him. He broke from the huddle, jogged to his spot as the outside wideout and reflected on McGloin's tenacity.
Even on second-and-long and third-and-forevers, Robinson's faith in the offense didn't waver -- because McGloin's belief never did.
"He comes in the huddle and makes everyone believe that we can score," Robinson said. "He brings a lot of fire."
Matt McGloin threw for 318 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more.
McGloin smiled and joked underneath a blue ball cap after Saturday's 24-13 win against Temple. He passed for 318 yards and had a hand in every Penn State touchdown -- so he had cause for satisfaction.
He passed for one score and peeled himself off the ground following two rushing TDs. Bill O'Brien praised his signal caller and, after thanking the offensive line and remarking about his tailbacks, McGloin admitted this performance was special.
"I definitely think it was one of the better games of my career," McGloin said.
The fifth-year senior has now thrown for a trio of 300-yard games in his career. That puts him second overall in PSU history, behind only former NFL first-rounder Kerry Collins, who boasts four.
McGloin's first big play Saturday may have been his most memorable. On fourth-and-5 from the Temple 41, the Nittany Lions arguably shouldn't have gone for it. They probably shouldn't have converted. And they most certainly shouldn't have scored a touchdown.
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But McGloin was confident he could convert. And Robinson was confident in his quarterback.
The red-headed quarterback scrambled inside the pocket, avoided a sack and tossed a long ball to Robinson -- who adjusted on a backpedal between two DBs -- for a 41-yard strike that set the tone and gave PSU the lead.
"He kept his poise today better than I did," O'Brien said with a smile.
On a busted play late in the second quarter, McGloin carried two Temple defenders over the goal line for a hard-earned 1-yard touchdown. He was supposed to hand off, but he wound up with Penn State's first rushing touchdown of the season.
A quarter later, he rushed for another touchdown.
"We watch a lot of (Tom) Brady, and in 12 years, he's never been stopped on a (goal-line) quarterback sneak," McGloin said. "So that's something we watch, that's something I watch."
McGloin never had a doubt he'd make up those yards. And his team never doubted him -- or that he'd lead PSU to its second win of the year.