The Penn State offense finally got untracked. On the down side, two Nittany Lions defenders suffered potentially serious injuries.
Penn State 34, Eastern Michigan 6: Is it time to give Matt McGloin the reins of this offense? McGloin was terrific while going 14-for-17 for 219 yards and three touchdowns. While Rob Bolden (7-for-13, 115 yards, a touchdown and an interception) had a decent day, there was little denying that the offense moved better with McGloin at the helm. And his three touchdown passes were much more impressive, especially since he found Derek Moye twice in the end zone. Penn State needs to get its best receiver involved, and McGloin seems to have a better connection with Moye than Bolden does.
We'll see whether this settles the quarterback situation at all. Joe Paterno has been really reluctant to anoint one guy over the other, and their numbers have been very similar. Until today.
It might have just been Eastern Michigan, but there were encouraging signs for the Nittany Lions, who forced three turnovers and blocked a punt. Anthony Fera and Sam Ficken each drilled field goals to shore up a shaky area. And given what Temple did to Maryland today, doesn't last week's narrow win look better?
The potential downside to this win was injuries. Linebacker Michael Mauti left early with a left knee injury, and Mauti certainly reacted as if he'll be out a while. Defensive back D'Anton Lynn had a scary moment when he collided with a player on a passing play. Lynn was strapped to a backboard, carted off and taken to a local hospital. Initial reports said Lynn was able to move his extremities, which is good news. Here's hoping for the best for both Lynn and Mauti.
Penn State wraps up its nonconference schedule at 3-1, which is about what everyone expected with Alabama on the slate. With a manageable start to Big Ten play (at Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and at Northwestern) this team hopes to get on a little bit of a roll now. It would help if the quarterback situation was solved. McGloin did his part to provide an answer today.