(Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: Penn State 34, Eastern Michigan 6
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Matt McGloin threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-17 passing, as the Penn State Nittany Lions claimed a 34-6 win over Eastern Michigan in a non-conference tilt at Beaver Stadium.
McGloin out-performed fellow quarterback Rob Bolden, who threw for 115 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 7-of-13 passing. Derek Moye caught a pair of touchdown passes, while Devon Smith finished with three catches for 104 yards and a score for the Nittany Lions (3-1).
Penn State's defense bottled up Eastern Michigan's ground game to 68 net yards on 43 carries (1.6 ypc). Alex Gillett tried to pick up the slack for the Eagles (2-2), although he finished with just 202 yards and an interception on 18-of-31 passing.
Nittany Lions kicker Anthony Fera accounted for the only points of the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal at the 4:18 mark.
McGloin made it a 10-0 game midway through the second quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Joe Suhey, marking PSU's first touchdown pass of the season.
Penn State was driving late in the second quarter when Michael Zordich lost a fumble in the end zone after a four-yard completion to take six points off the board and give the ball back to EMU. However, Gillett was intercepted by Nick Sukay on the third play of the ensuing possession, setting up Penn State with the ball on EMU's 31-yard line. Less than a minute later, McGloin connected with Moye for a five-yard touchdown to give the Nittany Lions a 17-0 lead entering the half.
Bolden started the second half under center for Penn State, and on the third play from scrimmage he found Smith for a 71-yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead to 24-0.
Later in the third quarter, McGloin and Moye hooked up for their second touchdown connection of the day, this time from 20 yards out to give the Nittany Lions a comfortable 31-0 advantage. The teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
Penn State held a 468-270 edge in total offense for the game. Most importantly, the Nittany Lions got consistent play from the quarterback position for the first time this season, with McGloin emerging in a competition that spanned the whole offseason.
09/24 16:01:12 ET