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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.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.