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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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