Penn State vs. Indiana: Nittany Lions Open Big Ten Schedule With 16-10 Win Against Hoosiers

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Nebraska Vs. Wisconsin, Notre Dame Vs. Purdue, Michigan State Vs. Ohio State Scores: Wisconsin Crushes Nebraska

Here are the rest of the Big Ten scores from Saturday. No. 7 Wisconsin crushed No. 8 Nebraska, 48-17, as Montee Ball racked up 151 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Russell Wilson went 14-for-20 with 255 yards and two touchdowns for the Badgers, who scored 34 unanswered points in the second and third quarters.

Notre Dame crushed Purdue 38-3 in a game that was never particularly close. The Irish picked off Caleb TerBush on the first play from scrimmage, then scored two plays later. Cierre Wood had 191 yards rushing and one touchdown, while Tommy Rees threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns.

Michigan State, meanwhile, beat Ohio State, 10-7, in Columbus. Kirk Cousins threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham in the first quarter, and the Spartans added a field goal in the fourth. Joe Bauserman threw a touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the game to avoid the shutout.

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Final Scores: Northwestern Vs. Illinois, Minnesota Vs. Michigan

Early Big Ten action Saturday afternoon included one game that wasn't much of a game and another that looked like it was going to beg for shouts of "BEAT 'EM DOWN" that actually stayed close and provided an exciting come-from-behind win at the end.

Minnesota falls to No. 19 Michigan, 31-0: The Minnesota Golden Gophers got blasted by the Michigan Wolverines, getting out-gained offensively 172 total yards to 580. The Gophers couldn't get anything going offensively, even having Michigan's defense score on an 83-yard fumble return. Denard Robinson's stat line wasn't eye popping, but when you're consistently given a short field to work you don't need to pile up the yards. Robinson ended the day with 169 passing yards with two passing touchdowns, as well as 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Wolverines ran at will, with running backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Thomas Rawls rushing for 108 and 73 yards respectively. Both averaged over seven yards a carry.

Northwestern fails to pull the upset over No. 24 Illinois, losing 38-35: Taking a four-point lead into halftime didn't feel like it would be enough for Northwestern, and it wasn't. The Wildcats failed to heed the warning to cover Illinois Fighting Illinis wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, as Jenkins had an absolutely monster day with 12 catches for 268 yards and three touchdowns. On the final drive of the game, a pass interference call on Jeravin Matthews set the Fighting Illini up on the 4-yard line. After three attempts to get into the endzone by Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, he finally punched in the winning touchdown on a sneak.

For more on Minnesota Vs. Michigan, visit The Daily Gopher and Maize n Brew, SB Nation's Gophers and Wolverines blogs. For more on Northwestern and Illinois, visit Sippin' on Purple and Hail to the Orange, SB Nation's Wildcats and Illini blogs.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Mistakes Costly In Nittany Lions' Big Ten Opener

Penn State got a 16-10 win in its Big Ten opener against Indiana on Saturday in Boomington, Ind., but it didn't come easy. Quarterbacks Rob Bolden and Matthew McGloin struggled for the Lions and the offense made several key mistakes that left the door open for the lowly Hoosiers right down to the final snap.

The Nittany Lions twice turned the ball over in the redzone. One was a Bolden interception on Penn State's first drive of the game, the other Silas Redd fumble on the Indiana 1-yardline in the third quarter. If not for tough defense, those missed opportunities may have come back to haunt the Lions.

"We had some mental miscues," wide receiver Derek Moye told the Penn State Sports Network after the game. "I think we probably put a little too much pressure on ourselves." 

Rob Bolden, who got his fifth start of the season against the Hoosiers, was 6-14 for 67 yards and that interception. McGloin saw slightly more success, completing 10-22 passes for 204 yards and a 74-yard touchdown to Moye late in the third quarter.

Running back Silas Redd gained 126 yards on 29 carries and Curtis Dukes chipped in 54 on nine carries.

All in all, the offensive numbers weren't all that bad, but those mistakes in key moment really kept the game closer than it had to be.

Fortunately for the offense, the defense took care of business in this one. The unit yielded just 10 points and 260 yards on the afternoon. It also forced a couple of key turnovers, an interception by Chaz Powell and a fumble recovery by Devon Still.

"Our confidence level is definitely high," Gerald Hodges told the Penn State Sports Network after the game. "I feel as though we can hold anyone."

The defense's performance on third down was vital to the victory, too. Indiana converted on just 6-20 third downs it faced on the day,

Penn State will now prepare to host its first Big Ten home game of the season against Iowa at Beaver Stadium next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. At 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten's Leader's Division, the Lions have about the start they were hoping for at the beginning of the season. Things won't continue this well, though, if they make many more of the mental mistakes they did at Memorial Stadium today.

Stay tuned for more post game coverage here at SB Nation Pittsburgh.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Nittany Lions Hold On For 16-10 Win

With the game hanging in the balance, Joe Paterno turns to Matthew McGloin following Indiana's touchdown with Penn State lead 16-10 inside of four minutes to play. He hasn't had a great day, but the Nittany Lions' offense has worked best with McGloin in there, so this isn't a big surprise.

Silas Redd gets the drive off to a good start with a huge run into Indiana territory. He hasn't had a whole lot of room to run today, but the run takes him over 100 yards on the afternoon.

After Redd's big run, though, the offense sputters on the ensuing series and is stopped short on a 3rd-and-1. Penn State punts inside Indiana territory and the Penn State defense will have to stop the Hoosiers to seal a win for the Lions.

Indiana opens the series with a first down up to its own 35-yardline. A holding penalty sets them back, though, and their forced to convert a 4th-and-2 up at midfield, which they do on a Dusty Kiel run to keep the drive going.

With the ball at midfield, Kiel misfires on a couple of passes to bring up a 3rd down. He completes his next play, but short of the mark and in the field of play. On fourth down, Kiel scrambles again and gets a first down inside Penn State territory with :02 to play.

On the final play of the game, Kiel airs it out to Demarlo Belcher, but Indiana can't come up with the catch. That's your ballgame. Penn State holds on, 16-10.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Hoosiers Cut Lead To 16-10 With Touchdown

There's another three-and-out for the Indiana offense. It's been an awful half for that group as the Penn State defense has offered almost nothing. Great performance from the Lions today stopping the Hoosiers from capitalizing on the offense's struggles.

Penn State gets the ball back and Rob Bolden returns at quarterback again. Almost like clock work, an offense that had been rolling under Matthew McGloin bogs down and goes off the field quickly with a three-and-out. After McGloin's big performance last week and Bolden's 6-14 performance so far today, you have to wonder how much more time the staff is willing to give him in there. He's just not performing at the level neccesary to beat teams like Iowa, Northwestern and Illinois, let alone Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. McGloin has been no world-beater, but he's at least shown flashes of brilliance.

After getting the ball back, Indiana suddenly puts together a nice drive. The Hoosiers drive all the way into the Penn State redzone, then advance the ball to Penn State's 5-yardline. Dusty Kiel then finds Demarlo Belcher in the endzone for Indiana's first touchdown of the game, and just like that, the Hoosiers have life.

Indiana scoring summary: 14 plays, 77 yards, 3:44 time of possession. With 3:51 remaining, Penn State leads Indiana 16-10 in Bloomington.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Nittany Lions Drive For Another Field Goal

A number of Penn State writers on Twitter are saying cornerback Stephon Morris appears to have an ankle injury. True freshman Adrian Amos has been pressed into duty opposite Chaz Powell now. We'll see if he can make the most of this opportunity with upperclassmen like Morris and D'Anton Lynn out of the game.

The defense forces yet another Indiana three-and-out following Derek Moye's big touchdown catch. The defensive line is getting good pressure on Hoosier quarterback Dusty Kiel and is playing a very disruptive game.

McGloin is back in the game on the ensuing Penn State drive. Silas Redd rips off a 13-yard gain and then McGloin hits Justin Brown up to midfield. Once again, the Lions' offense is building some momentum. The key now will be maintaining it instead of committing another costly error that lets the air out of the balloon.

The drive continues as McGloin hits Brown, and Moye to get Penn State into the redzone at the 19. McGloin hasn't had a great game, but the last couple of drives, he's been sharp enough for Penn Stateto string a couple of drives together. That's something we haven't seen at all from Rob Bolden today.

The drive stalls and Penn State is forced to kick another field goal. Anthony Fera remains perfect on the day, banging home the 33-yarder for his third field goal of the day.

Penn State scoring summary: 12 plays, 64 yards, 5:04 time of possession. Penn State now leads Indiana 16-3 early in the fourth quarter.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Matthew McGloin Hits Derek Moye For Big Touchdown

After Penn State's fumble, Indiana's offense finds a bit of a rhythm, pushing its way from the shadow of its own goal posts to around the 40-yardline. A fumble and a deflected completion to an offensive lineman for a loss on 3rd-and-14, however, stops that Hoosier drive in its tracks. The Nittany Lions' defense bends a little bit, but doesn't break and forces a punt when it has to.

Following a couple of drives with Rob Bolden at quarterback, Penn State again replaces the sophomore with Matthew McGloin. He wastes no time in sparking the Penn State offense with a 74-yard completion to Derek Moye down field, good for Penn State's first touchdown of the afternoon. After almost three quarters of nothing, the Lions finally break through with a big play. We'll see if that fuels the offense to a good finish.

Penn State scoring summary: 1 play, 74 yards, :10 time of possession. It's now 13-3 Lions late in the third quarter.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Mistakes Plague Nittany Lions' Offense

The Penn State defense forces yet another three-and-out after the Nittany Lions' field goal. The unit is really turning in a nice performance, though it will probably be lost in the offense's total ineptitude during the post game chatter. Between the stops and forced turnovers, it's hard to imagine how the defense could be playing much better.

After getting the ball back, Penn State's ground game is fueling a decent drive now. Curtis Dukes and Silas Redd are splitting the carries and methodically marching through Indiana territory behind good blocking along the offensive line.

They advance the ball to the 5-yardline, but are stopped there on third down. On fourth down, Penn State goes for it with a quarterback sneak by Rob Bolden and converts.

On first down, though, true to the form of this pathetic day for the Penn State offense, Redd fumbles the ball and Indiana recovers on its own 2-yardline. The Lions just can't stop making costly mistakes. If this happens next week against Iowa, Penn State won't last long against the Hawkeyes.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Nittany Lions Take The Lead

Penn State takes the kickoff to begin the second half. Joe Paterno has retreated to the press box for the second straight week. He's probably feeling it if he's going upstairs in a tight game like this one.

Rob Bolden is in at quarterback for the Nittany Lions to start the half, but he's no spark as the offense goes three-and-out on the first drive of the half.

Indiana responds by fumbling the ball of first down. Not surprisingly, Penn State's defensive line came up with the big defensive play again, as Sean Stanley forced his third fumble of the year and Devon Still recovered on the play. The Nittany Lions have the ball deep in Indiana territory.

Bolden and the offense once again fail to capitalize on the opportunity, however, going three-and-out from the redzone. Anthony Fera bails the group out with a 27-yard field goal to give Penn State a 6-3 lead early in the second half.

Penn State scoring summary: 3 plays, 3 yards, :47 time of possession.


Big Ten Score Updates: Northwestern Vs. Illinois, Minnesota Vs. Michigan

Early Big Ten action Saturday afternoon included one game that wasn't much of a game and another that, despite not being entertaining to watch, is still close.

Minnesota Trails No. 19 Michigan, 31-0: The Minnesota Golden Gophers trail the Michigan Wolverines at the half by a score of 31-0. Michigan jumped out to a quick 14-0 score and never took its foot off the pedal. The electric Denard Robinson rattled off 153 passing yards and 51 rushing yards, including two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground. Minnesota struggled to do anything offensively, netting just 52 total yards of offense in the half. Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint also has 85 rushing yards on just 7 carries.

Northwestern Leads No. 24 Illinois, 14-10: In an uneventful game, despite the return of Northwestern's quarterback Dan Persa, the Wildcats look to pull the upset over the No. 24 Illinois Fighting Illini taking a four-point lead into halftime. Persa has completed just nine passes on the day, but two were for touchdowns, capitalizing on Illinois mistakes. The Wildcats will look to contain Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the second half, who has 109 receiving yards and a touchdown already. In order to pull off the upset, they'll need to slow him and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase down.

For more on Minnesota Vs. Michigan, visit The Daily Gopher and Maize n Brew, SB Nation's Gophers and Wolverines blogs. For more on Northwestern and Illinois, visit Sippin' on Purple and Hail to the Orange, SB Nation's Wildcats and Illini blogs.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Hoosiers And Nittany Lions Tied At Halftime

On the ensuing Indiana drive, the Hoosiers inexplicably run the hurry up with just under thee minutes left in the half. The miss on a pass on first down and have a run blown up by Penn State's Jordan Hill on second down. On third down, quarterback Dusty Kiel goes deep, but the Nittany Lions' Chaz Powell picks him off. The drive takes :34 off the clock and Penn State gets a chance to take the lead before half time.

Matthew McGloin comes back at quarterback once again, and on third down, he gets the ball into Indiana territory with a first down completion to Derek Moye.

Just as the offense starts to get some momentum, though, McGloin fumbles the ball on first down. That mental mistake stalls the drive as McGloin can't dig the Lions of out the hole he put them in.

Indiana gets the ball back and runs the ball a couple of times before misfiring on third down. A poor punt sets Penn State up inside Hoosier territory with second remaining in the half. McGloin completes a pass to scoring range.

Anthony Fera comes on to attempt a 51-yard field goal with the wind against him and misses. It's 3-3 at halftime in Bloomington.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Anthony Fera Kicks A Field Goal

Matthew McGloin is out for his third drive of the day. He and Rob Bolden have been equally rough behind center today after a good game against Eastern Michigan last week at Beaver Stadium. 

McGloin hits Derek Moye for a big 18-yard connection on third down, however, putting Penn State close to midfield. Nice effort from Moye there, as he pushed forward for a few extra yards after first contact.

Michael Farrell has taken over for Chima Okoli after right tackle. Okoli has a false-start penalty of the drive and the staff clearly isn't pleased with him today.

Curtis Dukes is getting a lot of time on this drive. Silas Redd is getting a lot of carries early on, and he clearly needs a blow. Steve Jones says on the radio he is getting his ankle re-taped on the sideline.

On third down, McGloin hits Shawney Kersey down to the Indiana 11-yardline. Huge play in the pass game there.

Silas Redd returns to the game and takes the ball down to the Indiana 5-yardline. He's dropped at the line of scrimmage on second down, though, McGloin misses Devon Smith in the endzone on third down. That brings the kicking team on for Penn State.

Anthony Fera ties the game with a 22-yard field goal for the Lions.

Penn State scoring summary:11 plays, 65 yards, 5:41 time of possession.

It's 3-3 with 2:57 to play in the half.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Nittany Lions and Hoosiers Exchange Punts

Penn State follows its punt up by giving up a deep pass from Dusty Kiel to Demarlo Belcher, plus getting hit with a facemask penalty. All of a sudden, Indiana is in business and threatening to extend its 3-0 lead.

Nick Sukay is down for the Lions. Buzz on Twitter from the press box says it looks like his left leg. The secondary is already missing cornerback D'Anton Lynn today. The absence of Sukay would definitely be a concern, especially the way Kiel and the Hoosiers have been attacking Penn State through the air early on.

Just as I say that, the secondary comes up with a couple of tackles-for-loss on bubble screens by the Hoosiers and follow that up by forcing an incompletion on third down. Penn State gets the ball back as Justin Brown calls a fair catch at his own 22-yardline on the ensuing punt.

Matthew McGloin is back at quarterback for Penn State. He opens the drive with a nice scramble for a couple of yards. Smart play with no one open. After earning a first down, though, the Lions' offense stalls again.

On the punt, Penn State lets the returner get free to the 26-yardline and follows that up with a late-hit on him out of bounds. Great field position for Indiana here on another brain fart from Penn State.

Sukay has returned to the game.

On third down, Kiel is forced to scramble and is stopped short of the first down. Another three-and-out for the Penn State defense. With the offense struggling, the defense is doing its best to keep Penn State in the game. The Lions still trail 3-0, though, with just under nine minutes to play in the half.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Matt McGloin Enters The Game

Wow, after the Penn State defense forces a punt by Indiana from deep in Hoosier territory, the Nittany Lions' Chaz Powell lets the ball bounce off of him on the return, and Indiana recovers the muff. Sloppy, sloppy stuff right there.

On Indiana's drive following the muff, the Penn State defense forces a three-and-out, so the turnover proves not to be that costly. The Lions lose a lot of field position, though. They'll take over deep in their own territory rather than around midfield, where the ball bounced off Powell on the punt.

Matthew McGloin is in at quarterback for Penn State. 

Curtis Dukes just ripped off a 29-yard run to get the Lions out from the shadows of their own goalposts. He hasn't seen much action so far this season, but with Brandon Beachum injured and Stephfon Green suspended, he's going to see more time as Silas Redd's primary backup.

There's the end of the first quarter. Penn State faces a 3rd-and-4 when the two teams return.McGloin misses Derek Moye on a short pass, though, and the Lions are forced to punt. Still 3-0 Indiana here early in the second quarter.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Hoosiers Get On The Board

The Indiana offense wastes no time attacking the Penn State defense, completing a couple of passes over midfield, then throwing another deep ball that falls incomplete. The Hoosiers are trying to hurry things up, here, so we'll see how the Nittany Lions respond to that. They haven't faced much no-huddle so far this year.

Penn State finally stops Indiana, forcing a 49-yard field goal attempt, but the Hoosiers convert on the kick by Mitch Ewald.

Indiana Scoring Summary:  8 plays, 47 yards, 1:46 time of possession. It's 3-0 Hoosiers with 6:51 left in the first quarter.

Indiana quarterback Dusty Kiel is 5-8 for 54 yards so far this afternoon.

On Penn State's ensuing drive, Derek Moye drops another deep ball from Rob Bolden. Drops were a problem in Penn State's first two games against Indiana State and Alabama, then things got better in wins against Temple and Eastern Michigan. We'll see if the Penn State receivers regress again today.

After Bolden misfires on a couple more passes and the Penn State drive is kept alive by a roughing-the-passer penalty, Silas Redd makes some things happen with a couple long runs to get the Lions into Indiana territory. He's running hard today. Though he's not finding a bunch of holes, when he does, he's making the most of them.

A couple more Bolden incompletions stalls the Penn State drive, though, so Penn State gives the ball up again, this time on a punt. Fortunately for the Lions, punter Anthony Fera came up with a beautiful boot, pinning the Hoosiers inside their own 5-yardline.


Penn State vs. Indiana: Rob Bolden Gets The Start

Penn State and Indiana have gotten their game in Bloomington underway this afternoon and we already have some news to report.

Coach Joe Paterno has returned to the sideline for the second straight week. We'll see how long he decides to stay down there after going upstairs for the second half last week against Eastern Michigan at Beaver Stadium.

Rob Bolden has earned his fifth straight start for the Nittany Lions at quarterback. Some speculated during the week that Matthew McGloin might get a start after throwing three touchdowns last week against the Eagles, but Paterno has obviously decided to start things off with Bolden again. Expect McGloin to see plenty of action, though.

The Penn State defense forced an Indiana three-and-out on the Hoosiers' first drive.

The Penn State offense is off to a nice start under Bolden as he just hit a deep pass to Derek Moye, setting Penn State up inside the Indiana 15-yardline. Beautiful play action fake there to help spring Moye.

The Lions have a touchdown wiped off the board, though, as a Silas Redd run is canceled out by a holding call. Bolden follows that up by throwing a tipped interception. Penn State gets nothing out of a promising drive.

Midway through the first quarter, it's still 0-0.


Big Ten Football Schedule, Week 5: Game Times And TV Info For Nebraska Vs. Wisconsin And More

Penn State opens its Big Ten conference slate against Indiana with a 12:00 game time. The game will be on ESPNU. The Nittany Lions are 18-point favorites despite being on the road.

Also at noon, No. 19 Michigan hosts Minnesota on the Big Ten Network, and No. 24 Illinois hosts Northwestern on ESPN2/ESPN3.

At 3:30, Michigan State and Ohio State play on ABC. And at 8:00, Purdue hosts Notre Dame (ESPN) and No. 8 Nebraska travels to play No. 7 Wisconsin on ABC.

That last game is clearly the biggest one of the week, and Wisconsin is about an eight-point favorite. The Badgers haven’t been tested yet this season, blowing out all four opponents so far (UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota, all at home). Nebraska, meanwhile, has beaten Chattanooga, Fresno State, Washington and Wyoming, but opponents have found ways to score against the Huskers – a good Washington offense scored 38 points, and even Fresno State scored 29.


Penn State vs. Indiana: D'Anton Lynn Could Resume Activity On Thursday

Joe Paterno holds his weekly press conference at Beaver Stadium.

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