Penn State vs. Purdue: Nittany Lions Defeat Boilermakers, 23-18

The Nittany Lions moved to 6-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten.

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Penn State vs. Purdue: Brandon Moseby-Felder Contributes With Derek Moye Injured

When Derek Moye, Penn State's leading wide receiver, broke his foot after slipping on the stairs of his apartment Tuesday evening, the Nittany Lions knew they'd need a reserve receiver to step up in his absence. On Saturday,  Brandon Moseby-Felder answered the bell in Penn State's 23-18 win against Purdue at Beaver Stadium.

The sophomore hauled in two key receptions from quarterback Rob Bolden on Penn State's first touchdown drive of the day. The second set the Lions up on the Boilermakers' 1-yardline, and on the next play, running back Curtis Dukes finished off the drive with a 1-yard scoring run.

"He did a great job with Moye being out," Bolden said after the game. "This week in practice, he took pretty much all of Moye's reps, stepped up and was on the first team the whole time. He's a great player. He's going to continue to improve and help this offense out."

Back in April, Moseby-Felder was one of the few players to leave an impression in Penn State's Blue-White scrimmage, registering two catches for 31 yards and the game's only touchdown. He's been trapped on the depth chart behind fellow receivers Moye, Devon Smith, Justin Brown, and Shawney Kersey so far this season and hasn't seen much action.

He said after the game, however, that he was glad to step up with the two catches on a touchdown drive his teammates desperately needed.

Now, we'll see if he can build on the momentum of his two catch, 40 yard performance as the Lions travel to Evanston next weekend to take on Northwestern.


Penn State vs. Purdue: D'Anton Lynn Makes Return In Win (Video)

When Penn State cornerback D'Anton Lynn laid motionless on the field after trying to make a hit in the third quarter of Penn State's win against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 24, some wondered whether the senior would ever see the field again for the Nittany Lions.

Lynn, who's been suffering from concussion like symptoms since that game, made his return to the field on Saturday against Purdue, however, and was able to make an impact, too, finishing with seven tackles on the afternoon in Penn State's 23-18 victory.

His teammates were glad to have him back.

"Knowing D'Anton, he's such a tough guy," safety Drew Astorino said after the game. "Having him on the field is big. We were happy to get him back this week and keep getting him more healthy." 

Coach Joe Paterno said at his weekly press conference that he didn't expect Lynn to return this week, but the Celina, Tex. native got the go-ahead Wednesday from the training staff and was able to come back a week earlier than his coach had expected.

Below is video of Lynn's post game comments.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Capital One Bowl Representative Sees Nittany Lions' Victory

It might seem a little early to start talking about bowl games, but with Penn State's 23-18 triumph against Purdue on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions earned their sixth win of the season and became bowl eligible. Thanks to their huge following, it's now almost a guarantee they'll be heading somewhere for the Holidays, even if they lose all of their remaining games.

The scouts are already out, too. I spotted a Capital One Bowl representative on the sideline at the end of the game and then in the press room post game, which is certainly good news for Penn State, as that bowl game has first selection of Big Ten teams after the Bowl Championship Series. Do the Lions have what it takes to snatch that lofty bowl slot? After watching the quarterbacks today, that certainly remains to be seen, but it looks like at least someone on the outside thinks they could.


Big Ten Scores: Michigan State Upsets Michigan, Wisconsin Pounds Indiana

With Penn State’s 23-18 win over the Purdue Boilermakers now in the books, here’s a look at other scores in the Big Ten conference on Saturday.

Unsurprisingly, the Wisconsin Badgers manhandled the Indiana Hoosiers, 59-7. Wisconsin got 332 yards rushing, including 142 yards and two touchdowns from Montee Ball (who also had a passing touchdown) and 87 yards from James White. Stephen Houston had 135 yards rushing for the Hoosiers.

No. 23 Michigan State just upset No. 11 Michigan, 28-14. Kirk Cousins fired two touchdown passes to Keshawn Martin, and Edwin Baker had 167 yards rushing and a touchdown. Isaiah Lewis also had a pick-six for the Spartans. The loss dropped the Wolverines to 6-1, while Michigan State rose to 5-1. After Michigan’s loss, Wisconsin and Illinois are the only undefeated teams remaining in the Big Ten.

Ohio State vs. Illinois is just getting underway, and Northwestern vs. Iowa begins at 7:00 PM.

SB Nation has a blog for every team.


Penn State Vs. Purdue Final Score: Interceptions By Defense, Big Day From Silas Redd Lead To 23-18 Win

The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday, 23-18, intercepting Caleb TerBush with two and a half minutes left to seal the deal. Nathan Stupar’s second interception of the day allowed the Nittany Lions to run out the clock.

Both Matthew McGloin and Rob Bolden again played at quarterback for the Nittany Lions. McGloin got more opportunities (going 8-for-17 with 145 yards and an interception), but neither did particularly well. Instead, Penn State leaned on Silas Redd, who ran the ball 28 times for 131 yards and a third-quarter touchdown. In the first quarter, Curtis Dukes also had a rushing touchdown. Anthony Fera went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts. One of those came following a 92-yard kickoff return by Chaz Powell in the fourth quarter.

Justin Brown had 86 yards receiving.

Purdue got 97 yards rushing from Ralph Bolden and 54 yards and a touchdown from Akeem Shavers. TerBush had 162 yards passing, with a touchdown and two interceptions.

The Nittany Lions are now 6-1, and 3-0 in Big Ten play.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Anthony Fera Kicks Another Field Goal, Lions Lead 23-18

That was going to be my last update, but cornerback Chaz Powell had other ideas. He takes the kickoff following Purdue's touchdown back 93 yards to set the Penn State offense up deep inside Boilermaker territory.

A 15-yard penalty sets the Nittany Lions back a bit, back at the 18 yard line, and they go three-and-out from there after a couple of runs from Silas Redd and an incompletion from quarterback Matthew McGloin.

Anthony Fera comes on for this third field goal attempt of the game, and drills a 29-yard kick to make the score Penn State 23 Purdue 18 with 6:24 left to play here at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State scoring summary: four plays, six yards, 1:28 time of possession.

That's a big answer from the Lions there, but that penalty could be damaging. Penn State almost surely would have had a touchdown without it, but now they hold a tenuous five-point lead as we come down to the wire.

Charlie has it from here, folks.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Akeem Shavers Scores, Purdue Now Trails 20-18

Following the Albert Evans' interception for Purdue, the Boilermakers get a first down on a pass from Caleb TerBush to Akeem Shavers. That completion moves them into the red zone as time winders under nine minutes to play here at Beaver Stadium.

TerBush follows that with a 17-yard pass down to Penn State's 1-yardline and Shavers finishes off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a touchdown.

The Boilermakers attempt a two-point conversion to try and tie the score at 20, but Penn State's Khairi Fortt hits a scrambling TerBush to keep Purdue from drawing even. The score is now 20-18 Penn State with 8:08 to play in the football game.

Purdue scoring summary: 8 plays, 45 yards, 4:05 time of possession.

This will be my last game update. I'm heading down to the field and then to Joe Paterno's post-game press conference. Charlie Wilmoth will handle things from here, folks. Can Penn State hold on?


Penn State vs. Purdue: Matt McGloin Interception Stops Promising Drive

Not sure enough can be said about Silas Redd's contributions to this team as we begin the fourth quarter here at Beaver Stadium. With the quarterbacks struggling, he's just pushed and pushed all day, allowing Matthew McGloin the room to make those big completions on the last touchdown drive. Understandably, Purdue sees Redd as the bigger threat, so it gave Penn State's passing game extra room to stop him. Without his hard running, who knows if those seams in the coverage would have been there?

Speaking of seams, wide receiver Justin Brown just found one for Penn State, breaking free and hauling in a 22-yard throw from McGloin to start the Nittany Lions' drive following Nick Sukay's interception. He follows that up by blowing by the coverage and hauling in a deep ball from McGloin with one hand for a 34-yard gain following a 16-yard completion from McGloin to Michael Zordich.

Just as the passing game gets some momentum, though, McGloin throws into coverage in the end zone and is picked off by Purdue's Albert Evans, who returns the ball 55 yards into Penn State territory. A quarterback shoots himself in the foot again to stop a drive. It just writes itself at this point.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Nittany Lions Still Lead 20-12 After Three Quarters

Purdue continues to take it to the Penn State defense with big plays following Silas Redd's touchdown for the Nittany Lions. The Boilermakers' Ralph Bolden opened the drive with a 21-yard run, followed by a 20-yard completion from Caleb TerBush to Reggie Pegram.

We're seeing classic bend-but-don't-break defense from the Lions today. They're giving up yards -- and big plays -- but making the stops when they need to to hold the lead.

Just as I say that, the Lions' Nick Sukay picks off TerBush on third down, and Penn State is able to thwart another potential Purdue scoring drive. The play is reviewed, but the call is upheld by the referees, so Penn State will take over on its own 15-yardline.

A Silas Redd carry for five yards brings us to the end of the third quarter here at Beaver Stadium, with Penn State still leading Purdue by a score of 20-12. By the way, that carry took Redd over 100 yards for the day.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Silas Redd Scores, Puts Nittany Lions Up 20-12

Carson Wiggs sends the kickoff out of bounds for Purdue on the ensuing kickoff after the Boilermakers' touchdown, so Penn State takes over on its own 40-yardline.

Matthew McGloin, still under center for the Nittany Lions, comes out firing, and hits Devon Smith for 22 yards into Purdue territory. "Zombie Nation" blares from the speakers. That's how bad this offense has become. McGloin follows that completion up with a 20-yarder to Justin Brown and a 9-yarder to Joe Suhey.

Silas Redd finishes off the lightning quick drive with a 9-yard touchdown. Anthony Fera hits the extra point, and Penn State goes up 20-12 with 2:37 left to play in the third quarter.

Penn State scoring summary: 4 plays, 60 yards, 1:25 time of possession.

Huge, huge drive from the offense there when it really needed one. Purdue was very close to taking over the momentum, but McGloin finally strung a couple of completions together, and bam, Penn State was back in the endzone. It's amazing how well this offense works when the passing game is respectable.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Caleb TerBush Throws A Touchdown, Boilermakers Close Gap To 13-12

Following the Penn State field goal, Purdue's Raheem Mostert takes the return back 71 yards to the Penn State 26-yardline. Stephon Morris, who held the ball on the kick because of the wind, made the touchdown-saving shove out-of-bounds along the sideline for the Nittany Lions.

The Boilermakers get a first down on a completion from Caleb TerBush to Justin Siler, and TerBush follows that up with a 14-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Ross. Purdue misses the extra point, however, and so Penn State will cling to the lead, now ahead 13-12 with 4:02 left in the third quarter.

Purdue scoring summary: 4 plays, 26 yards, 1:43 time of possession.

It's time for the offense to step up for Penn State. The defense is playing OK, but it's giving up some big plays. The defense has bailed the offense out all season long. If the Lions are going to move to 6-1 and 3-0 in the Big Ten, then the offense needs to do its share and make some things happen in the final 19 minutes and change.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Anthony Fera Gives Nittany Lions 13-6 Lead

Caleb TerBush is in at quarterback for Purdue's first drive of the second half. He's sacked by Penn State's Sean Stanley on first down, and misses his man across the middle on third down, and the Boilermakers goes three-and-out.

On the ensuing punt, the Nittany Lions' Justin Brown takes the ball back 33 yards to the Purdue 31-yardline, so Penn State will have great field position to start its upcoming drive.

Matthew McGloin is now back at quarterback for Penn State. The staff wants no part of letting him through, though, as three straight handoffs go to Silas Redd. He advances the ball to the Purdue 23, but falls short of a first down, bringing Anthony Fera on for another field goal attempt, this one from 40 yards. He drills it, and with 5:57 left in the third quarter, Penn State leads Purdue 13-6.

Penn State scoring summary: 4 plays, 8 yards, 2:00 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Running Backs Good, Quarterbacks Bad For Penn State

Rob Bolden returns at quarterback to start the second half and picks up a first down with his feet, scrambling for nine yards, then sneaking for three. He's sacked on the ensuing first down, though, on a blindside hit by Purdue's Ryan Russell.

Silas Redd picks up the slack on second down, though, rushing ahead for 17 yards, and earning a first down with a 4-yard carry. Curtis Dukes answers Redd's first down with rushes of eight and six yards to move the chains again for Penn State into Boilermaker territory.

Stephfon Green gets his first carry of the season on first down and plows ahead for two yards. Penn State is clearly committed to the run here, throwing back after back at the Boilermakers. Why?

Well, Rob Bolden just answered that question with two more ugly incompletions. What an ugly, ugly day so far for the quarterbacking duo of Bolden and Matthew McGloin. Penn State punts, and with 9:26 left in the third quarter, it's still 10-6 Penn State.


Penn State vs. Purdue: First Half Stats

Here are your stats after one half of play between Penn State and Purdue here at Beaver Stadium.

Passing: Matthew McGloin is 2-8 for 22 yards for Penn State so far. Rob Bolden is 2-4 for 40 yards.

For Purdue, Caleb TerBush has 90 yards on 5-11 passing. Robert Marve is 2-5 for 20 yards and an interception.

Rushing: Silas Redd leads Penn State with 58 yards on 12 carries. Curtis Dukes has seven yards on four rushes, including a 1-yard touchdown.

Ralph Bolden has 58 yards on seven carries to lead the Boilermakers. Akeem Shavers has 49 yards on nine carries.

Receiving: Brandon Moseby-Felder has 40 yards on two receptions to lead Penn State. Devon Smith and Justin Brown have one catch each for 12 and 10 yards respectively.

Antavian Edison has 46 yards on three receptions for Purdue. Justin Siler has 53 yards on two catches.

Defense: Nathan Stupar leads Penn State in tackles today with six. He also has an interception to his credit. Glenn Carson and Nick Sukay have five tackles each.

Dwayne Beckford leads Purdue with six tackles.


Big Ten Scores: Michigan Vs. Michigan State, Indiana Vs. Wisconsin

An Anthony Fera field goal as time expired in the first half gave Penn State a 10-6 lead over Purdue. Here’s a look at other games currently going on throughout the Big Ten.

With a few seconds left before halftime, Wisconsin is destroying Indiana, 38-7, which I suppose is what happens when arguably the best team in the conference plays the worst. Montee Ball has 86 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns, and a passing touchdown for the Badgers.

Michigan and Michigan State, meanwhile, are tied at seven. Denard Robinson has the Wolverines’ only touchdown and has 42 yards rushing, but he’s only 3-for-11 through the air. Edwin Baker of the Spartans, meanwhile, has 75 yards rushing and a touchdown.

In other Big Ten action on Saturday, Ohio State takes on Illinois at 3:30, and Northwestern plays Iowa at 7:00. Penn State and Illinois are currently tied atop the Big Ten Leaders division, at 2-0.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Anthony Fera Gives Nittany Lions 10-6 Lead As First Half Ends

Matthew McGloin is back at quarterback for his second-straight drive. After a Silas Redd run, McGloin hits wide receiver Devon Smith for 15 yards and a first down. The ball was behind Smith, though, who hasn't gotten a clean ball from the quarterbacks yet today.

A couple of incompletions from McGloin on the next set of downs, and Penn State is forced to punt again. McGloin is now 2-7 for 22 yards.

Purdue quarterback Robert Marve goes up top to start the Boilermakers' ensuing offensive drive, hitting Ralph Bolden for 35 yards down the near sideline. Bolden fumbles, though, and Stephon Morris picks up the ball for Penn State and returns it to the Purdue 11-yardline. Officials decide to review the play, however, and rule the pass an incompletion.

After the fumble is overturned, Akeem Shavers picks up a first down on a nifty run to the far sideline. On the next set of downs, though, Marve is picked off by Penn State's Nathan Stupar on a pass across the middle. A personal foul on the return gives Penn State the ball on the Purdue 11-yardline and the Boilermakers gift-wrap a scoring opportunity for the Nittany Lions here at the end of the half.

On first down, Justin Brown is stopped for no gain, and on second down, tight end Andrew Szczerba drops what would have been a touchdown pass across the middle from McGloin. Anthony Fera comes on with :03 left in the half and hits a 29-yard field goal to give Penn State a 10-6 lead as the teams head to the locker room.

Penn State scoring summary: 3 plays, 12 yards (on the penalty), :14 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Robert Marve Enters For Boilermakers

Robert Marve has taken over for Purdue at quarterback following the Penn State punt. He replaces Caleb TerBush, who was 5-11 for 90 yards in his first stint of the afternoon.

Marve gets an 18-yard completion on third down to open the drive, and Ralph Bolden follows that up with a 39-yard run into Penn State territory. Akeem Shavers plows ahead for an 8-yard run to get the Boilermakers into the red zone, and Devon Still comes up huge on third down for the Nittany Lions, hitting Shavers in the backfield for a loss.

Carson Wiggs comes on for his third field goal attempt already, and drills the 32-yard kick to make the score 7-6 Penn State with 4:36 to play in the half.

Purdue scoring summary: 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:54 time of possession.

The Penn State defense is getting stops deep in its own territory when it needs them, but man, Purdue is busting a lot of big plays on this defense. Not even Alabama ripped gains of 30 yards plus like the Boilermakers are today.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Matt McGloin Enters, Struggles

Matthew McGloin takes the field for Penn State's fourth drive and he's greeted by a hearty cheer from the home crowd. He answers by skipping his first pass in front of Devon Smith. Poor Smith. He's getting open a bunch today and the quarterbacks are flat missing him.

Silas Redd bails McGloin out with an 8-yard run for a first down to keep the drive moving. McGloin finally completes as pass on the next set of downs with an 10-yard completion to Justin Brown.

Redd keeps the drive moving with another nice run, this one a 7-yarder to move the chains. With the quarterbacks giving a hit-or-miss performance, Redd is consistently getting positive yardage to keep drives alive.

As good as he is today, though, McGloin looks rough. He just threw a wounded duck into triple coverage and was lucky it fell harmlessly incomplete. McGloin's decision making has been much better this season than last, but he usually throws at least a couple bone-headed passes like that every game. No wonder coach Joe Paterno wants to keep giving Rob Bolden a shot.

Another incompletion on third down and the Nittany Lions are forced to punt once again. McGloin was just 1-5 on that drive.

Wit 8:30 to play in the half, Penn State continues to lead Purdue 7-3.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Rob Bolden Booed After Bad Throws

Rob Bolden is still in there at quarterback for Penn State on the Nittany Lions' third drive of the afternoon. He misses Devon Smith on a first down pass, and Smith gestures in disgust, as the ball was well behind him. After a short Silas Redd run, Bolden misses Smith again on third down, this time streaking down the far side of the field, and the Lions are forced to punt. The boos rained down on Bolden after the second missed pass, as it was nowhere close. Looks like the people want Matthew McGloin.

On the ensuing Purdue drive, the Boilermakers get a first down on a run from Akeem Shavers. Another run, this time for no gain, and the first quarter comes to an end with Penn State still up 7-3.

After the quarter break, Purdue takes a false start penalty and Caleb TerBush is forced to throw the ball away on second down. On fourth down, he's hit and throws the ball out of bounds and Penn State forces a punt.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Boilermakers Get A Field Goal, Trail 7-3

With the wind blowing hard here at Beaver Stadium, Anthony Fera knocks the kickoff following Penn State's touchdown out of the end zone for a touchback. The Boilermakers don't stay pinned for long, however, as Caleb TerBush hits Justin Siler for 50 yards deep into Penn State territory. Siler got a nice block to elude a would-be tackler after the catch, and he was off to the races from there. Big break down from the Nittany Lions' defense there.That's the biggest play they've allowed on defense so far this season.

After earning another first down, though, the Boilermakers are stopped again by the Penn State defense. Carson Wiggs comes on for his second field goal attempt of the day, and hits on this one, a 28-yarder to get Purdue on the board. With 1:39 remaining in the first quarter, it's now 7-3 Penn State.

Purdue scoring summary: 8 plays, 69 yards, 2:59 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Curtis Dukes Scores, Nittany Lions Lead, 7-0

Rob Bolden is still Penn State's quarterback for its second drive of the day. Silas Redd opens the drive with a nice 11-yard run and Bolden follows that up by hitting Brandon Moseby-Felder for 21 yards into Purdue territory. Look for Moseby-Felder to get more action than he has early on this season with starter Derek Moye missing after breaking his foot on Tuesday.

After a couple of runs from Silas Redd and Devon Smith give Penn State another first down, Bolden hits Moseby-Felder again, this time for 19 yards down to the Purdue 1-yardline. Looks like he's really trying to take advantage of his opportunity with Moye out.

Running back Curtis Dukes finishes off the drive for Penn State with a 1-yard run up the middle into the end zone for a Penn State touchdown, and the Nittany Lions lead the Boilermakers 7-0 with 4:38 remaining in the first quarter here at Beaver Stadium. That's Dukes' first career touchdown, and it appears the coaching staff plans to keep him involved, even with Brandon Beachum returning from injury today.

Penn State scoring summary: 7 plays, 73 yards, 3:14 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Boilermakers Miss Field Goal, Game Remains Scoreless

Joe Paterno was bluffing by appearing down on the field pre-game this morning. He'll start today's contest from the  press box. Guess the tweak of his injury last week is still giving him trouble.

D'Anton Lynn gets the start for Penn State at cornerback today as the Nittany Lions opened the game by kicking off to Purdue. As has become the norm this season, though, the Nittany Lions' defense got a three-and-out, with Caleb TerBush starting at quarterback for the Boilermakers.

Rob Bolden started the game for Penn State on offense with a 8-yard scamper. Running back Silas Redd was stacked up on third-down, though, and the Lions were forced to punt.

The Boilermakers built a bit of momentum on their second drive, with TerBush hitting his receiver for a 20-yard gain into Penn State territory, but defense stopped Purdue at the 27-yardline and Carson Wiggs missed a 44-yard field goal attempt to keep the contest scoreless.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Rob Bolden Gets Another Start

Rob Bolden is still Penn State's starting quarterback.

The sophomore was the first guy player off the bus for the seventh time this season, a sign he'll once again be the Nittany Lions' man under center for this afternoon's game against Purdue at Beaver Stadium.

Matthew McGloin will presumably come off the bench again, as he has all season, even in game's like last week when he received a majority of the snaps and pass attempt.

In other pre-game news, the wind is really whipping around here in Happy Valley today. says gusts could reach 40 miles per hour today, and at the moment, the site says winds are coming from the southwest at 28 miles per hour. It'll be worth keeping an eye on how that affects special teams today.

There's not a whole lot to update on the injury front, as most of that news was spelled out on Thursday. Wide receiver Derek Moye is not expected to play after breaking his foot on Tuesday, but D'Anton Lynn, Brandon Beachum and Stephon Morris are all expected to be available for coach Joe Paterno today.

Speaking of Paterno, he's down on the field for warmups, which is usually a signal he plans to start the game on the sideline. He told reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that he'd tweaked his injury evading an Iowa player along the sideline last week, but it looks like he's going to try and give it a go from the start today.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Trio Of Nittany Lions Expected To Return

In the same press release that Penn State Athletics confirmed wide receiver Derek Moye has broken his foot and is expected to miss the next two games, the school announced it expects cornerbacks D'Anton Lynn and Stephon Morris as well as running back Brandon Beachum to be available this Saturday for the Nittany Lions' Homecoming game against Purdue at Beaver Stadium.

Lynn has suffered from concussion-like symptoms since a hit against Eastern Michigan that required him to be carted off the the field. Beachum sprained his ankle before the Eastern Michigan game and has not played since. Head coach Joe Paterno did not expect the two would be ready for this week at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, but it appears their statuses have change in the meantime.

Morris' return has been expected as Paterno said Tuesday the corner has been practicing with the team this week. Morris was injured in the Indiana game and missed last week's win against Iowa.

This news means Penn State should be at full strength in the secondary and at running back. It'll be interesting to see where Beachum fits in the mix now after a few nice games from one-time fourth stringer Curtis Dukes, who has stepped up in the absence of both Beachum and Stephfon Green to run for 190 yards on 27 carries, enough for a 7.0 yard per carry average.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Derek Moye's Injury A Broken Foot

Penn State Athletics confirmed reports from Wednesday night of wide receiver Derek Moye's injury in a press release on Thursday, revealing that the senior broke his foot on Tuesday night after slipping on the stairs. The release says Moye does not need surgery on the foot, but is expected to miss the Nittany Lions' next two games against Purdue this Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and at Northwestern next week in Evanston, Ill.

Moye is Penn State's leading receiver by far. He has nine more catches, 260 more yards and two more touchdowns than any Lion receiver this season. Expect starters Justin Brown and Devon Smith to slip up the depth chart with him out, and backups Shawney Kersey, Allen Robinson and Brandon Moseby-Felder to see extra time.

Also, keep an eye on how Moye's injury affects quarterback Matthew McGloin's performance. Many believe McGloin has earned a bit of an edge in Penn State quarterback competition, but without Moye, McGloin's favorite target, there's a chance Moye could regress a bit.


Daily Collegian: Derek Moye Injures Foot, Status Uncertain

Derek Moye has become a staple of Penn State's receiving corps over the last three seasons, but the Nittany Lions could be without him for Saturday's Homecoming contest against Purdue at Beaver Stadium as The Daily Collegian's Joe McIntyre is reporting the senior wide out sustained an injury on Tuesday night.

A team source has confirmed a report that Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye has sustained a foot injury.

The redshirt senior fell down some steps last night, and the extent of his injury is not known.

Moye is Penn State's leading receiver by a country mile. So far this season, he's hauled in 28 passes for 485 yards and three touchdowns. No other Penn State receiver has more than one touchdown, 19 catches or 225 yards, so needless to say, Moye is a big part of an already very anemic passing game. If he's forced to miss the game, guys like Justin Brown, Devon Smith and Shawney Kersey will have to step up and pick up the slack.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Rob Bolden, Matt McGloin Will Continue To Split Time

Statistically, it's beginning to look like Matthew McGloin has earned an edge in Penn State's quarterback competition. The redshirt junior threw 19 of the Nittany Lions' 26 passes on Saturday against Iowa and saw a majority of the snaps as well.

At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, however, coach Joe Paterno said McGloin and sophomore Rob Bolden will continue to split time under center.

"It would be nice if we got to where we're going to play one," Paterno said. "But I'm not going to do that just to do it. I'm not going to second guess myself on that one. I'm not going to make any decision as to whether we're going to go one or two."

So far this season, McGloin has completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 758 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. His quarterback rating is 141.2. Bolden has completed 45.7 percent of his passes for 486 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. His quarterback rating is 84.9.


Penn State vs. Purdue: Joe Paterno Acknowleges Setback In Recovery

Following his injury during Penn State's fall practice, Joe Paterno had been making progress toward returning to the sidelines full time. After spending the Nittany Lions' first three games in the press box, the coach spent the first halves of the Eastern Illinois, Indiana and Iowa games downstairs. Last Saturday against the Hawkeyes, however, Paterno had a set back.

At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, the coach acknowledged he tweaked his injury when a couple of players grabbed him to move him out of the way of an Iowa player approaching the Penn State sideline at speed. Paterno said this put him "backwards a couple of days" and that he's still sore.

He decided to move upstairs for the second half because he was worried about the concern his presence on the sideline might generate for his team.

"I was scared to death to stay down there for the second half because I'd be in the way," Paterno said. "I think as long as I can move around and nobody's worried about me, I can be helpful downstairs. The minute I become somebody that two or three guys are watching and, you know, I get in the way, you know 'Where is he?' and I become a distraction, I don't care how good you are, that becomes a problem."

It's not clear when Paterno will be able to coach a full game from the sideline, but he told reporters that remains his goal.


Penn State vs. Purdue: D'Anton Lynn, Brandon Beachum Not Expected To Play Against Boilermakers

Coach Joe Paterno believes he'll be without cornerback D'Anton Lynn and running back Brandon Beachum for the Homecoming game against Purdue on Saturday.

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