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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.

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