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      === Lions' late rally denies Northwestern best start in 50 years ===
 
 University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Matt McGloin's 5-yard touchdown run was
 the  go-ahead score late in regulation, as Penn State rallied from an 11-point
 fourth-quarter  deficit  to upend  No. 24  Northwestern, 39-28,  in front of a
 delirious crowd of 95,769 at Beaver Stadium.
 
 "That  was a scramble all the way. He did a nice job on that," said Penn State
 head coach Bill O'Brien. "I'm going to tell him we're timing his 40 with a sun
 dial.  He  did a nice job.  He's got a knack  for that. He's just the one that
 tells me every week that we need the quarterback draw."
 
 McGloin  finished with 282  yards passing on 35-of-51 efficiency and a pair of
 scores through the air for the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten), who won their
 fourth straight game.
 
 Allen Robinson and Michael Zordich added touchdowns in a 22-point final stanza
 for  Penn  State, which has won  six in a  row over its suburban Chicago foes.
 Zach Zwinak led all rushers with 121 yards and a TD on 28 carries.
 
 Trevor  Siemian was  21-of-36 for 135 yards  and one TD for the Wildcats (5-1,
 1-1), who failed in their bid to start 6-0 for the first time in 50 years.
 
 Venric  Mark totaled 72  yards and a score on 13 carries and contributed a 75-
 yard punt return for a touchdown, which put Northwestern up 28-17. Kain Colter
 picked up a score on the ground in defeat.
 
 "I think we beat ourselves today," Colter said. "We did not make plays when we
 were  able  to and  it was a  tough game. I  think we  could have played a lot
 better on offense."
 
 McGloin  found Robinson  in the back of the  end zone for a 6-yard TD early in
 the  fourth  quarter to  complete an  82-yard, 18-play  drive. Zordich added a
 conversion run and Penn State closed its gap to 28-25 with 9:49 remaining.
 
 With  the  ball again, the  hosts converted a  4th-and-2 from the 19-yard line
 as McGloin connected with Brandon Moseby-Felder, setting them up in a 1st-and-
 goal  from the six. Three plays later, McGloin dove for the near pylon for the
 deciding score with 2:37 left to make it 32-28.
 
 After  two incompletions  and a rush for eight yards, Siemian fired incomplete
 on  4th-and-7 from his  own 28, and Penn State took over on downs. Three plays
 in, Zordich crawled across the goal line from the three and it was 39-28.
 
 One  final  Northwestern drive was  ended when  Da'Quan Davis recovered a Tony
 Jones fumble. McGloin took a knee and ran off the remaining seconds.
 
 "I  did sense a little for a few seconds there after the punt return. My staff
 and  myself talked to  the players and tried to get them going," said O'Brien.
 "We  knew at that time there were 50 seconds left in the third quarter and the
 whole  fourth quarter to go. We felt like we could move the ball. It's Big Ten
 football, we need to come back. We tried to get our players going."
 
 PSU picked up three points on its second possession of the game, as Sam Ficken
 connected from 21 yards away.
 
 The Nittany Lions' second full drive of the second quarter proved fruitful, as
 Zwinak completed a 40-yard march on the eighth play with a 1-yard plunge.
 
 Northwestern  finally answered  on the ensuing possession, as Mark rolled into
 the  end zone from  the right side for a 2-yard score. The drive was set up by
 a muffed punt, which gave the Wildcats the ball on the host's 17.
 
 The  visitors  plunged ahead with an  11-yard connection from Siemian to Jones
 with under a minute to play in the first half.
 
 Penn  State used an 80-yard drive to take the lead just after the midway point
 of the third quarter, as McGloin found Robinson from eight yards out.
 
 But  the  Wildcats responded on  the ensuing series,  taking a 21-17 edge when
 Colter dove across the goal line to punctuate a 10-yard scamper. After holding
 PSU  to  a three-and-out,  Mark took the  ensuing punt 75  yards down the left
 sideline for a 28-17 contest.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 PSU  has won  13 of the 16  all-time meetings and has not lost to Northwestern
 since a 14-7 home loss on Nov. 6, 2004 ... Robinson finished with 85 yards and
 two  receiving touchdowns  on nine catches, while Zwinak added 52 yards on six
 grabs  ... Northwestern's  6-0 start  in 1962  also marked  the last  time the
 program  was  ranked No. 1  in the  country ... Penn  State racked up 30 first
 downs  and held the  Wildcats to 14 ... The Nits also converted on 10 of their
 22 third downs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 10/06 20:22:21 ET