Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Lions Take Down Gophers, 33-21

Penn State travels to Minnesota.

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Penn State Gets First Big Ten Win

It's not often that a team gives three quarterbacks significant playing time in a conference win, but that's exactly what Penn State did Saturday at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, where the Nittany Lions defeated the Golden Gophers 33-21.

Robert Bolden started the game at quarterback for the Lions, but went out in the second quarter with what is reportedly a concussion. Both Matthew McGloin and Kevin Newsome played in his relief, but only McGloin threw a pass, going 6/13 for 77 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Derek Moye pulled in both McGloin touchdowns, and racked up 81 yards on three receptions overall. Freshman running back Silas Redd led Penn State in rushing with some electrifying runs, totaling 70 yards on nine carries.

Injuries considered, it was a solid day for the Penn State offense. It was a different story on the other side of the ball, though.

Minnesota out-gained Penn State 433-351 behind 111 rushing yards from running back DeLeon Eskridge and 299 yards passing from veteran quarterback Adam Weber.

The Lions were repeatedly burned in pass coverage and allowed Eskridge to slither for lots of yardage after contact. They also yielded two fourth down conversions.

With Michigan's high-powered offense invading Beaver Stadium next Saturday night, Penn State has a lot to work on with the defense this week in practice.

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Robert Bolden Could Play Next Week

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ron Musselman says Jay Paterno believes the injured Robert Bolden could play next Saturday against Michigan.

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Penn State vs. Minnesota: Lions Take Command

Matt McGloin just found Derek Moye for their second touchdown hookup of the day, a nine yard fade in the corner of the endzone to put Penn State up 31-14 on Minnesota in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Silas Redd had two runs of 26 and 20 yards on the drive, and despite a false start penalty on Johnnie Troutman inside the five, Penn State came away with its second touchdown of the day in the red zone.

If Redd continues to play like this, it’s going to be pretty hard to keep him off the field the rest of the season.

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Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Matthew McGloin Returns

If your head is spinning at this point, it should be. Matt McGloin has is back in the game, replacing Kevin Newsome. This is Penn State’s third quarterback change today.

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Kevin Newsome Replaces Matthew McGloin

Kevin Newsome is in the game for Penn State, replacing Matthew McGloin at quarterback, both playing in place of the injured Robert Bolden. Expect to see more runs from center with the slick running sophomore in the game.

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Penn State vs. Minnesota: Gophers Break Lions Down On First Drive

Minnesota came out of the locker room and put together an 11-play, 75-yard drive to cut Penn State’s lead in half to 21-14.

Adam Weber did a nice job finding soft spots in Penn State’s defense on intermediate routes and DeLeon Eskridge looked slippery gaining 36 yards on the drive. He now has 95 yards on 17 carries against a Penn State defense having fits on the ground.

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Bolden Will Not Return

Steve Jones just confirmed on the game broadcast that Robert Bolden will miss the rest of the game with an undisclosed injury.

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Penn State vs. Minnesota: Halftime Notes

-D'Anton Lynn has been huge for Penn State in the first half, and breaking up a pass late in the first half with Minnesota driving.

-The reigns have been off for Matthew "McFavre" McGloin since replacing the injured Robert Bolden in the second quarter. He's thrown most of his passes 10 yards or deeper. Some of them haven't looked particularly good, but the coaches aren't afraid to let their backup quarterback try to make a play, that's for sure.

-Minnesota has quietly stopped Penn State on the ground, holding the Lions to a 2.4 yard per carry average in the first half. Evan Royster leads Penn State with 25 yards on seven carries. He has a couple nice runs, but otherwise, the emphasis has very much been on the pass thus far for the Penn State offense.

-The Penn State linebackers continue to have trouble making reads. Minnesota's DeLeon Eskridge has 59 yards on 11 carries, a healthy total against an offense that isn't used to putting backs on a 100-yard pace in the first half.

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Penn State vs. Minnesota: Big Plays Stake Lions To 21-7 Lead

D'Anton Lynn intercepted an Adam Weber pass in the endzone, returning it 58 yards to set up a Penn State offense that went deep on it's first play after the change of possession for a touchdown. Matthew McGloin completed his first college pass to Derek Moye for a 42-yard touchdown, putting the Lions up 21-7 late in the first half.

It was a surprising play call given McGloin's lack of experience, but it paid off big time as the Lions grabbed control of the football game.Great to see Penn State get the big play it has been lacking for much of the season. Hard to remember a bigger sequence of plays for the Lions so far in 2010.

Robert Bolden continues to sit as the result of an injury earlier in the quarter. The details of his injury are still unclear.

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Penn State Vs. Minnesota: Bolden Injured; Enter McGloin

Matthew McGloin has replaced Robert Bolden at quarterback for Penn State as the freshman was injuring scrambling for yardage on a second down play with about eight minutes left in the second quarter.

Bolden had been 11/13 for 131 yards and a touchdown before his exit. Details to come.

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Penn State vs. Minnesota: Lions Get Red Zone Touchdown

It has taken a while, but Penn State finally has a red zone touchdown in Big Ten play.

Robert Bolden led a 12-play, 89-yard drive that senior running back Evan Royster capped with a 2-yard touchdown run to put Penn State up 14-7 early in the second quarter at Minnesota. The Penn State drive was aided by a couple Gopher pass interference calls, but nevertheless, the Nittany Lions have the red zone monkey off their back for now after struggling mighty down deep in their first two Big Ten games against Iowa and Illinois.

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End Of First: Bolden On Fire

After a 21-yard touchdown pass from Robert Bolden to Brett Brackett put Penn State ahead of Minnesota early in Saturday's game at Minnesota, the Gophers answered with a 29-yard bomb from Da'Jon McKnight to tie the score at seven.

Minnesota got key third and fourth down conversions on their touchdown drive and has the Penn State defense back on its heals a little bit at the moment. Penn State will have to redouble the pressure on Weber on passing downs as the game progresses if they hope to keep the Gopher offense out of scoring range.

On offense, Robert Bolden is 8-for-8 passing, and looks like Penn State's best playmaker at the moment.

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