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When Derek Moye first became a regular in Penn State's offense in the beginning of 2009, many were wondering how the Nittany Lions would replace the deadly wide receiver trio of Derrick Williams, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood in the passing game.
Two years later, they're now wondering how Penn State will replace Moye, a senior, when this season is over.
With six catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday in Penn State's 34-6 win against Eastern Michigan, Moye became just the sixth Penn State player to eclipse 2,000 yards receiving in his career and moved into third all-time on Penn State's receiving yardage list with 2,026.
"He's a heck of a receiver," coach Joe Paterno said after the game. "I'm repeating myself. How many times have I said our receivers are pretty darn good?"
The praise wasn't limited to the head coach, either. Offensive lineman Quinn Barham expressed his admiration for Moye's accomplishments after the game...and hoped he might be able to get something out of it, too.
"Drinks on him tonight," Barham said. "No, but seriously, it was a good thing for him, and really help us want to work harder for him and he can get even more [yards]."
Moye's second touchdown catch of the day was the 17th in his career and boosted him into sole possession of fourth all-time in receiving touchdowns.
He's also threatening to break into the top-five all-time in receptions. His 124 career catches are just on behind O.J. McDuffie, who is fifth on the list.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno spent his team's first three games coaching from the press box, but made his return to the sidelines on Saturday for the first half of the Nittany Lions' 34-6 win against Eastern Michigan at Beaver Stadium.
Paterno first appeared on the field without the assistance of a cane during warmups, and after heading back into the locker room with the team for a few minutes, returned for the start of the game. He spent the entire first half downstairs before returning to the press box for the second half, at which point, he said he was whipped.
"I was hurting," Paterno said. "I felt great until about four or five minutes to go in the first half and then I just could hardly move. When we got ahead and it looked like we were OK, I just decided, 'Hey, this is foolish, so I'm going upstairs.' I think each week I'll do a little bit more.
Penn State just got some good news on injured cornerback D'Anton Lynn following its 34-6 win against Eastern Michigan here at Beaver Stadium. Here's an update from assistant athletic director Jeff Nelson:
Lynn was injured at the end of the third quarter on an Eastern Michigan pass play that caused a collision between Lynn, two of his teammates and an Eastern Michigan receiver. He laid motionless on the field until trainers arrived and had to be carted off the field strapped to a board.
His status for next week's Big Ten opener at Indiana remains uncertain.
Penn State posted solid performances on both offense and defense Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium en route to a 34-6 victory against Eastern Michigan, but some key injuries have put a damper on the celebration for the Nittany Lions.
Coach Joe Paterno said after the game he expects linebacker Michael Mauti to miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury. Mauti will have an MRI soon to confirm the injury, but it doesn't look good for him.
D'Anton Lynn was carted off the field in the third quarter after colliding with two teammates and an Eastern Michigan receiver on an Eagles' pass route. After the hit, Lynn went down an laid motionless on the field until trainers arrived to tend to him.
The staff brought a cart out and Lynn was taken off the field on a board as a precautionary measure. Paterno said after the game Lynn has feeling in his extremities, however, so at this point, it looks like the injury isn't too serious. There is no timeline for the cornerback's return, though.
Nathan Stupar stepped into the fray for Penn State at linebacker after Mauti's injury and posted some big numbers. He led the Lions in tackles with seven, including three for a loss and dropped Eastern Michigan quarterback Alex Gillett for a sack in the first half.
Despite seizing the opportunity, however, Stupar was somber after the game in talking about his fallen teammate.
"I'm really disappointed and sad that he got hurt," Stupar said. "My prayer are out to him, and I hope he gets better quick."
Even without two of their defensive stars in Mauti and Lynn, the Lions were able to hold together a pretty solid defensive performance. Eastern Michigan gained only 270 total yards and just 68 on the ground. Penn State also forced some turnovers, getting an interception from Nick Sukay and a couple of fumble recoveries.
Things will only get harder for the Lions this coming week, however, as they open Big Ten play against Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday. Last season, the Hoosiers managed to move the ball in their 41-24 loss against the Lions at FedEx field in Landover, Md., racking up 332 total yards.
Stupar is hopeful he and his teammates can use the injuries to Lynn and Mauti as inspiration moving forward, though.
"Football is an emotional game," Stupar said. "You've just got to take that emotion and just use it. There's gonna be injuries and stuff in football...and that's football. You've just got to keep on going."
As expected, Penn State won easily over Eastern Michigan, 34-6, and the Nittany Lions are now 3-1.
The Nittany Lions were up 31-0 after three quarters. Matt McGloin, who’s still competing with Rob Bolden for the starting quarterback job, fired three touchdown passes, including two to Derek Moye. McGloin ended the game 14-for-18 with 219 yards and an excellent 12.2-yard average.
Bolden, meanwhile, had a 71-yard touchdown pass to Devon Smith early in the third quarter but did not otherwise play that well, going 7-for-13 with 115 yards and throwing an ugly interception.
Silas Redd had 48 yards on the ground.
Eastern Michigan had two field goals from Kody Fulkerson in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.
Cornerback D’Anton Lynn underwent an injury and had to be carted off the field. He is currently at the hospital.
Adam Bittner is at the game getting firsthand reports. He’ll have more later.
The action continues here at Beaver Stadium following D'Anton Lynn's injury. Word is Lynn has been taken to the hospital (presumably Mt. Nittany Medical Center) by ambulance, but has movement in his extremities. The backboard was precautionary. This information from Penn State sports information director Brian Siegrist. Great news.
Rob Bolden just committed an ugly, ugly turnover, throwing an interception right into the hands of a blitzing defensive lineman. It sets Eastern Michigan up with a short field. The Penn State defense holds, but the Eagles convert a 21-yard field goal to get themselves on the board.
Eastern Michigan scoring summary: 6 plays, 17 yards, 3:04 time of possession.
With 11:50 to play in the game, the score now reads Penn State 31, Eastern Michigan 0.
We'll see if the Penn State running game can get something going here in the waning moments. The Lions have just 69 rushing yards so far in the contest.
Backup quarterback Shane McGregor is into the game now for Penn State, so it's officially garbage time. I'll be heading down to the field and press room soon, so stay tuned for reaction from today's game here at SB Nation Pittsburgh later on.
Things are getting a little scary here at Beaver Stadium. Penn State cornerback D'Anton Lynn is being carted off the field after attempting a tackle on an Eastern Michigan pass play.
Three Penn State defenders converged on the Eastern Michigan receiver, and Lynn went down, laying motionless on the field. As the trainers were putting Lynn on a board, Nittany Lion players circled around in prayer while the Eastern Michigan players stood together watching from afar on the near sideline.
The stadium was nearly silent for the five minutes or so the training staff was on the field helping Lynn off.
The training staff has had to cut off Lynn's facemask. The cart leaves the field quickly after the play.
Ugly development for Penn State here on what's an otherwise pretty great performance from the team. Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for updates on Lynn's situation. We'll pass along news as we get it.
Rob Bolden comes out for Penn State's second drive of the second half, but the Nittany Lions can't get anything going and are forced to punt.
Eastern Michigan gets a bit of a drive going after Penn State's punt, picking up a couple of first downs to get close to midfield. The Lions' defense then rises to the occasion, though, forcing a stop and a punt.
Penn State takes over deep in its own territory on the 13-yardline. Matthew McGloin returns at quarterback for the Lions.
The Penn State drive begins with the Lions' third false start penalty of the day. Why that's happening at home, I have no idea, but it's certainly something you don't like to see with Big Ten play opening next week.
McGloin hits Devon Smith for 15 yards and a first down on his first throw of the second half.
Attendance is 95,636 today.
Wow, after just taking a false start penalty, Penn State suffers a fumbled snap. Uninspired play but Penn State's offensive line today.
Despite the line play, though, McGloin is leading another nice drive for Penn State. He's hitting a bunch of different receivers and making good decisions. This is a couple of nice performances in a row for him after a 13-19 effort against Temple last week.
Just as I say that, McGloin hits Derek Moye in the endzone to cap the drive with a 20-yard touchdown. McGloin is now 14-17 for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Penn State scoring summary: 10 plays, 87 yards, 4:22 time of possession.
Rob Bolden returns at quarterback to start the second half for Penn State and he gets the Nittany Lions going in a big way, hitting Devon Smith down the sideline for a 71-yard touchdown pass, his first of the season. Give Smith credit, though, he caught the pass and scooted right away from the defense. The pass was an out pattern, but Smith, with his great speed, turned it into a long score.
Scoring summary for Penn State: 3 plays, 76 yards, :55 time of possession. With 13:59 to play in the third quarter, it's Penn State 24, Eastern Michigan 0
On the ensuing Eastern Michigan drive, Penn State's Devon Still breaks through for a big tackle for loss on second down, and helps Jack Crawford clean up on third down to force an Eagles punt. Still is have another pretty great game for the Lions on the defensive line today.
Penn State leads Eastern Michigan 17-0 here at halftime here at Beaver Stadium. Here are your stats after 30 minutes.
Silas Redd is pacing the Nittany Lions on the ground with 34 yards on 10 carries. He's the only Penn State player to get a carry so far.
Derek Moye has five receptions for 45 yards to lead Penn State in receiving. Justin Brown is on the board with three catches for 28 yards. Shawney Kersey, Joe Suhey, Devon Smith and Curtis Drake have a catch each for the Lions.
Defensively, Nick Sukay, Devon Still and Jack Crawford lead the way in stops for Penn State with four each. Sukay has an interception, Crawford has a sack as well as 1.5 tackles for loss and Still has 1.5 tackles for loss as well. Nathan Stupar and Eric Latimore also have sacks for Penn State.
Penn State leads Eastern Michigan in total offense 223-119. Penn State has 189 yards in the air to Eastern Michigan's 80. The Eagles are leading in yardage on the ground, 39-34.
Stay tuned for second half updates here at SB Nation Pittsburgh.
Following the touchback after Michael Zorich's fumble down near the goal, the Penn State defense picks the offense up by forcing another tunover, this time an interception by safety Nick Sukay on 3rd-and-11.
McGloin finally misses on a pass, a throw to Derek Moye in the far corner of the endzone. He comes right back, however, and hits Moye for a 5-yard touchdown to put Penn State up 17-0 with :56 remaining in the first half.
Penn State's scoring summary: 5 plays 31 yards :47 time of possession.
McGloin is now 9-10 for 145 yards and two scores. As good as Rob Bolden looked early in going 6-8 for 44 yards, the offense has looked as healthy as it has all year with McGloin back there.
On the touchdown, Derek Moye became Penn State's sixth 2,000-yard receiver ever.
There's the end of the half. Penn State still leads 17-0. We'll have stats in a minute, here, so stay tuned.
McGloin was 3-3 for 53 yards on Penn State's scoring drive.
Jack Crawford gets another sack on the ensuing defensive series for Penn State, but Eastern Michigan comes back to get a first down to the Nittany Lions' 30-yardline.
Just as Eastern Michigan begins threatening, though, Penn State's defense makes another big play, recovering a fumble off a pitch by the Eagles. Glenn Carson fell on the ball for Penn State.
McGloin follows the big throw up with a 15-yard completion to Justin Brown. He's on fire right now.
On first-and-goal, McGloin hits Michael Zordich, but just as Zordich dives for the endzone, he fumbles, and the ball rolls out of bounds in the endzone for a touchback. What a way for a nice drive to end for Penn State.
Penn State will set up shop on its own 8-yardline after a 50-yard punt by Eastern Michigan.
Rob Bolden is still the quarterback for the Nittany Lions on this drive. He hits Derek Moye for eight yards on second down, by Eastern Michigan plugs Silas Redd's hole on fourth down and Penn State goes three-and-out.
As Penn State gets set to begin this defensive series, Michael Mauti is still out. That guy can't seem to stay healthy for the Lions. Fortunately for the Lions, they force a three-and-out without him, and they'll get the ball back with 10:56 left in the half.
Malcolm Willis partially blocks the Eastern Michigan punt, holding it to just 31-yards. Penn State will take over with great field position.
Matthew McGloin is taking over at quarterback for Penn State. Rob Bolden was 6-8 for 44 yards on his first three drives of the day. We'll see how McGloin matches that.
McGloin hits his first pass for 18 yards to Derek Moye. He follows it up with another completion to Andrew Szczerba and is looking almost as sharp as Bolden early here.
On his third throw, McGloin hits Joe Suhey down the sideline for Penn State's first passing touchdown of the season, a 27-yard pass play. It was a beautiful play action fake followed by a dart from McGloin.
Penn State drive summary: 5 plays, 63 yards, 2:27 time of possession. With 8:19 left in the half, it's Penn State 10, Eastern Michigan 0.
Eastern Michigan opens its drive with a couple of runs for a first down. Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti comes up lame after the second rush and is helped off. He was dinged up last week at Temple, too.
After not running much early on, the Eagles are starting to get a nice push. They just earned their second first down of the drive with only rushes.
Nathan Stupar breaks loose for a sack on first down following the Eastern Michigan first down. He was unblocked and he got in there in a hurry.
Penn State's defense is bending a little bit early on here, but making the big plays when it has to. That's got to please the coaching staff.
Rob Bolden is out once again for Penn State's second drive and hits Curtis Drake (!) on his first pass of the drive for 17 yards. I guess that answers any questions of whether Drake is ready to get back in there.
Penn State gets a first down on a rush by Silas Redd, then another on an 11-yard completion from Bolden to Justin Brown. Bolden looks sharp and confident early today.
The Lions' drive stalls, however, following a false start penalty, which brings on Anthony Fera for his first field goal attempt of the season. He drills it from 29 yards. If you're the Penn State coaches, you've got to love that after the debacle at Temple last week when Evan Lewis missed two field goals and Sam Ficken had one blocked.
Penn State scoring drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 3:11 time of possession.
The Pennsylvania Little League World Series team is being honored down on the field.
Anthony Fera is handling the punting duties today for the Nittany Lions and lets loose a 57-yard punt on fourth down. It got a nice cheer from the crowd.
On first down for Eastern Michigan the Eagles ding the Penn State secondary for a 26-yard pass play into Nittany Lion territory.They follow that with a double-reverse that's smothered by the Lions for a loss of three. Trying to get too cute.
It looks like Joe Paterno is going to give it a go down on the sidelines today. He walked out of the tunnel with the team after spending warmups down there, so we'll see how long he can last.
Brandon Beachum is down on the sidelines but in street clothes. He's still wearing a boot on his sprained ankle. We'll see if he makes it back next week for Penn State's Big Ten opener at Indiana.
Penn State won the toss and deferred.Students are filing into the stands slowly.
Eastern Michigan takes the ball into Penn State territory on a couple of wide open roll out passes.
There's Devon Still for a big stop on second down. He smothers the Eastern Michigan rusher for a loss of three on the Eagles' first run play of the game. Penn State forces an incompletion on third down and will now take the ball.
Greetings from Beaver Stadium. Today, Penn State will take on Eastern Michigan at noon, looking to move to 3-1 on the season after a 14-10 win at Temple last weekend. Some pregame notes for you as we get set for kickoff.
-Curtis Drake is warming up with the wide receivers down on the field. Whether he'll see action remains to be seen. Coach Joe Paterno isn't sure when he'll be able to play, so that's a storyline to keep an eye on today.
-Weather at the moment is mostly cloudy with sun occasionally. There's a slight chance we'll see showers later in the day, but don't them expect to threaten the stadium. '
-Joe Paterno is down on the field for warmups. He said at his Tuesday press conference he hopes to be down on the field this week. He walked into his press conference without a cane, so it looks like he's getting better. The concern is whether he'll be able to get out of the way of a play near the sideline, so we'll see if he's confident enough to stay downstairs come gametime.
Penn State is going to be pretty thin at running back on Saturday against Eastern Michigan as The Daily Collegian's Mike Still is reporting Brandon Beachum sprained his ankle at practice on Tuesday said he will not play against the Eagles.
The redshirt junior said someone fell on his right foot during a goal line drill at practice on Tuesday. Beachum said he saw team doctors Tuesday after practice. X-rays confirmed he sprained his ankle, and hadn't broken anything.
With fellow running back Stephfon Green suspended for the next two games by coach Joe Paterno, that leaves starter Silas Redd and Curtis Dukes as Penn State's primary ground threats on Saturday. Expect fullbacks Michael Zordich and Joe Suhey to get a lot of action as well, as their power running styles match very well with Beachum's.
Redd had some cramping issues last week at Temple, so we'll see if he's able to handle the increased load this weekend.
Troubled Penn State running back Stephfon Green has missed the Nittany Lions' first three games this season after violating team rules in the offseason and getting slapped with a furnishing charge in the summer. Coach Joe Paterno revealed he'll probably miss at least a couple more, too, at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
"He's going to come on out (for practice)," Paterno said. "I said, 'well, you’ve got to prove to me that you buy into the program. And the minute I'm convinced you do that, why, we'll start to think about using you in the football game.' But he won't play this week or next week. But hopefully, maybe things will work out for him and he'll have an opportunity to play later on."
This would appear to put him on track to return Oct. 8 against Iowa as the Lions host their first home game of the Big Ten schedule. In three career games against the Hawkeyes, Green has 48 yards on eight carries, a 6.0 yard per carry average.
Penn State wide receivers Derek Moye and Justin Brown had breakout games against Temple in the Nittany Lions' 14-10 win against the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. Moye led Penn State receivers with 112 yards on seven catches while Brown racked up 62 yards on six catches of his own after the pair combined for just 11 receptions in the Lions' first two games against Indiana State and Alabama.
At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, coach Joe Paterno praised his receivers, but still wants to see more moving forward.
"I think they're doing well," Paterno said. "There again, we haven't made some plays in the clutch we've had to make. We dropped the ball in a key situation against Alabama...the biggest problem that we have right now is we've just got to be consistent in all phases of the game."
Moye, Brown and all of Penn State's wide receivers will get a chance to keep their momentum going on Saturday when the Lions host Eastern Michigan at noon inside Beaver Stadium.
Penn State's kicking situation went from bad to worse on Saturday when the Nittany Lions missed three field goals and suffered a blocked punt in their 14-10 win against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field .
With kicker Evan Lewis just 1/5 kicking field goals this season, many have suggested sophomore punter Anthony Fera might be a solution to the problem. At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, however, coach Joe Paterno wasn't quite prepared to endorse the former three-star prospect as the man for the job, pointing out his suspension during the preseason.
"Fera's got a chance to come back now, and hopefully he'll get in the groove," Paterno said. "Fera did not practice with us in preseason because of some off-the-field antics, so he's now getting back in the groove. Hopefully, he'll start to put some of that stuff behind him and he'll be more productive than he's been and maybe, he can beat out the kid that's ahead of him right now."
For more on Penn State's special teams, be sure to check out our feature on the topic from yesterday.
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