Indiana vs. Penn State 2012: Nittany Lions lose Michael Mauti, but come away with win

Penn State came away with a 45-22 win over Indiana Saturday.

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PSU's Michael Mauit out against Wisconsin

Penn State's Michael Mauti will miss Saturday's game against Wisconsin due to a knee injury.


PSU teammates pay tribute to Michael Mauti

Penn State football's on-field leader this season has been senior linebacker Michael Mauti. Mauti left Penn State's 45-22 victory over Indiana on Saturday in the first quarter after injuring his left knee and perhaps tearing his ACL. The senior had recovered from two previous ACL injuries in his career and his teammates paid tribute to him after the game.

Offensive guard John Urschel said about Mauti

"The way he's kept this team together through the sanctions, through all this," Urschel said. "Honestly, I think he's done more than any football player could be asked as a leader."

Mike Hull, who had to take Mauti's spot on the field after the injury, noted that the senior helped all the players he could. Penn State's defensive coordinator Ted Roof reportedly had tears in his eyes when he spoke about Mauti after the game.

Mauti's impact on the field was crucial to the success of the Nittany Lions this season. He is second on the team in tackles (95), first in interceptions (3) and tied for first in forced fumbles (3).


Mauti's injury makes Penn State's win bittersweet

Penn State LB Michael Mauti's college career may have ended with another knee injury in the Nittany Lions' blowout win over Indiana on Saturday.


McGloin, Zwinak, Robinson come up big in PSU win

A big game for Matt McGloin and the Penn State offense led to a 45-22 win over Indiana Saturday, although the Nittany Lions also lost leader Michael Mauti in the process.

Mauti was injured when an Indiana lineman fell into his knee. The extent of Mauti's injury is unknown, but he was on the sideline late in the game, not wearing his uniform.

Matt McGloin just missed passing for 400 yards, ending up with 397 after passing for 365 through the first three quarters. Zach Zwinak, too, came up big, running 29 times for 133 yards and a score. And Allen Robinson had 10 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Penn State's offensive line also deserves a heap of credit, opening big holes for Zwinak and the running game and giving McGloin plenty of time to throw.

Cameron Coffman passed for 454 yards for the Hoosiers, even more than McGloin got for Penn State, in a losing effort.

Penn State is now 7-4 with a 5-2 record in the Big Ten heading into its season finale against Wisconsin.


Matt McGloin piling up big numbers for Penn State

We're three quarters into Saturday's Indiana vs. Penn State matchup, and PSU quarterback Matt McGloin is having himself a record-setting game. In the third quarter, he surpassed Daryll Clark for Penn State's single-season passing record. He also set a personal single-game mark with 365 yards.

McGloin's top target against Indiana has been Allen Robinson, who has eight catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns. Robinson would have even more, too, if McGloin hadn't overthrown a couple of balls, including one deep ball, to him in the third quarter. But other than that, and a first-half interception, it's been an outstanding game for McGloin, who's now 20-of-29 with four touchdowns and just that one pick. In a high-scoring game, Penn State's current 42-22 lead doesn't amount to an automatic victory, so expect McGloin to continue throwing in the fourth quarter. If he does, it wouldn't be a shock to see him throw for 450 yards or more. If he can even get to 400, he'll set a school record for a single game. Not bad for a former walk-on.


This time, goal-line play holds up for Penn State

Matt McGloin and the Nittany Lions had a big first half against a weak Indiana team, posting four touchdowns, the last of which was a strange goal-line play that, for once, went their way.

McGloin completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson to put Penn State up in the first quarter, but Indiana ended up taking a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter after a costly interception by McGloin. After that, though, McGloin completed two more touchdown pases to Robinson (who had a very good first half, in case you can't tell), then capped off the first half with a touchdown pass to Zach Zwinak. Zwinak caught the ball near the 2-yard-line, but it popped out as he crossed the plane. Beaver Stadium fell quiet as the PSU faithful, remembering the blown call in a similar situation against Nebraska last week, feared the worst. There, Matt Lehman lunged forward and reached over the plane with the ball. It popped out and was ruled a fumble.

This time, though, Zwinak's play was ruled a touchdown, and it held up on review. It was probably the correct call, but it was close, not nearly as obvious as the Lehman play should have been, given that it wasn't totally clear whether Zwinak had possession of the ball. In any case, the Nittany Lions are now up, 28-13.


Nittany Lions lead Hoosiers at halftime, 28-13

Matthew McGloin threw for four touchdown passes in the first half, as the Penn State Nittany Lions lead the Indiana Hoosiers at halftime, 28-13.

McGloin went 12-of-18 passing for 218 yards in that same time, with four touchdowns and an interception. Three of McGloin's touchdown passes were hauled in by Allen Robinson, who has six catches for 103 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of play for the Nittany Lions.

Zach Zwinak rushed the ball effectively in the first half, garnering 90 yards on 15 carries. As a whole, the Nittany Lions have rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries so far.

Zwinak also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from McGloin, with just 31 seconds left in the second quarter.

By contrast, Indiana has just 22 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman finished the first half 20-of-36 passing for 210 yards, with both a touchdown and interception. Hoosiers' wide receiver Shane Wynn was Coffman's primary target in the first half, hauling in nine receptions for 98 yards.

Aside from a McGloin interception, Penn State has played nearly perfect, with no penalties committed. The Nittany Lions have outgained the Hoosiers in total yards, 323-231, and are well on their way to their seventh win of the season.


Penn State plays host to surprising Indiana

Indiana heads to Beaver Stadium to take on Penn State in a Saturday afternoon showdown.


Indiana vs. Penn State predictions

All five of the writers at Black Shoe Diaries like Penn State to win by double digits on Saturday against Indiana. But not all of them appear confident that the Nittany Lions will cover the roughly 18 points by which they are favored (actual spreads have varied from 17.5 to 18.5).

Penn State has never lost a football game to Indiana. Let's look at why the crew at BSD thinks the Nittany Lions will win big. Here's what Jared writes:

Penn State is an extremely resilient team. Instead of losing focus after a tough loss, they will instead tee off on the Hoosiers. Zach Zwinak will once again set a career-best for rushing yards in a game, Zordich will score a touchdown, and Amos and Mauti each get an interception.

Tim agrees:

To Indiana's credit, they are well-improved from a year ago, but they still have a ways to go in order to compete with the 'top dogs' of the Leaders Division. Their defense outside of a couple of pass rushers, is rather porous and offensively, they rely way too much on slinging the ball around instead of establishing a staunch rushing attack. Look for PSU to pound away with Zwinak early and often, opening up the passing game for McGloin and Co.

Dan is less certain, though he still expects Penn State to come out on top:

While we've always beaten Indiana, it seems to have not been easy, especially in recent memory. I still have flashbacks to James Hardy doing whatever he wanted to Justin King in Bloomington a few years ago.

I think that this game will also be closer than what most are thinking, but I expect another Penn State win to guarantee a winning season in year one of the sanctions.


Kyle Carter injury to cost him rest of season

Penn State tight end Kyle Carter will miss the remainder of the season due to an injured right hand, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Carter had originally been listed as out for the team's game against Indiana on Saturday, but O'Brien later confirmed that he would also be unavailable for the team's regular-season finale against Wisconsin on Nov. 24.

The hand injury is the most recent development in an unfortunate stretch for Carter. He was forced to miss the team's game against Purdue on Nov. 3 due to an ankle injury and sustained the hand injury in the team's most recent game against Nebraska. In total, he will miss three of the team's final four games.

The redshirt freshman is second on the team in receptions with 36 in addition to compiling 453 receiving yards, which is also second most on the team. Carter has also caught two touchdowns this season.

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