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Penn State's defense keeping team alive

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State's defense has come out of the locker room with the right response.

The Lions have forced two three-and-outs, giving the offense excellent field position. I'm impressed with the Penn State front seven, which has bottled up Alabama's star running back Trent Richardson aside from a 22-yard run in the first half.

The defense is keeping the game somewhat within reach, but it's hard to have much faith in the offense. Rob Bolden has been a mixed bag, and he's not getting much help from his receivers today. Penn State has gone back to Matthew McGloin at quarterback, but someone needs to make a play in a hurry.

Alabama leads 17-3 with 10:30 left in the third quarter.