Saturday, November 17, 2012
Robinson breaks PSU's receptions record
By Josh Moyer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Allen Robinson set the Penn State single-season record for receptions in style Saturday.
Needing just one catch to break the mark of 63 set by PSU greats Bobby Engram and O.J. McDuffie, the sophomore wideout finished with 10 catches, 197 yards and three touchdowns against Indiana.
"It means a lot, just with some of the guys that come through here," Robinson said Saturday. "It definitely means a lot."
Robinson's record-setting catch came on a 3rd-and-6 play in the first quarter. Matt McGloin found him on a screen pass, but Robinson was tackled for a one-yard loss. His later catches better flashed his athleticism.
The 6-foot-3 wideout grabbed a screen pass midway through the second quarter, spun to fake out a safety, and sprinted for a 53-yard touchdown. Through 11 games, he now has 73 catches for 978 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Robinson caught just three passes last season as a backup. He said he didn't really set any goals immediately after the season. But once Bill O'Brien came on board and several starters were either dismissed, transferred or graduated, he aimed to reach 70 receptions.
"With all the guys leaving, I knew that somebody would have to step up," he added.
Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon said he knew "right off the bat" the sophomore was special. And Robinson knew the record was possible with O'Brien's new offense.
Most of Penn State's passing records figure to go down with the new pro-style offense -- Robinson himself will likely break the career receptions mark of 179 -- so this was simply the first.
Matt McGloin also broke several records Saturday, although they were only on the books for a short time. He passed Daryll Clark for most passing yards in a season (3,066) and now has the most career touchdowns (45).