Penn State rolled over Eastern Michigan, as expected, 34-6 on Saturday, but the Nittany Lions saw two defensive starters get injured.
Linebacker Michale Mauti is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL injury in his left knee in the first quarter.
Cornerback D'Anton Lynn was taken off the field on a stretcher and cart in the third quarter. He took a hit and tried to get up, then fell to the ground. The medical staff immobilized him on a board, then he was carted off.
Lynn was able to move all extremities, and preliminary reports after the game were that he was not seriously injured. It was described by teammates as a stinger that sent burning sensations to his arms.
Penn State 3, Eastern Michigan 0: A bad false start penalty on third-and-1 at the EMU 9 cost the Lions a shot at a touchdown, and they had to settle for a 29-yard field goal by Anthony Fera with 4:18 left in the quarter. PSU took over at their own 43 after Eric Latimore forced a fumble that was recovered by Jack Crawford. Rob Bolden hit Curtis Drake for 17 yards on the first play, Silas Redd ran for 11 yards and Bolden hit Justin Brown for 11 more to the 18. Redd went for 9 yards on second down before Barham's penalty moved PSU back to the 14, then Bolden's pass to Brandon Moseby-Felder picked up only 2 yards to the 12.
Penn State 10, Eastern Michigan 0: Matt McGloin threw PSU's first TD pass of the season, hitting Joe Suhey from 27 yards out with 8:19 left in the half. McGloin was in for his first series and connected with Derek Moye for 18 yards over the middle on his first play. McGloin later found Andrew Szczerba for 8 yards to the 32, and Redd ran for 5 yards before McGloin hit Suhey for the score.
Penn State 17, Eastern Michigan 0: The Lions were about to take a 17-0 lead, but Michael Zordich fumbled at the 1 and it became a turnover when it went through the end zone. Penn State got the ball back moments later, though, when Nick Sukay picked off a pass from Alex Gillett and returned it to the EMU 31. McGloin hit Moye for 8 yards and then Devon Smith for 18 yards to the 5, making him 8-of-8 for 140 yards at that point. McGloin misfired on one pass to the end zone, then found Moye from 5 yards out with 56 seconds left in the half.
Penn State 24, Eastern Michigan 0: On the third play from scrimmage, Bolden hit Devon Smith on a screen into the right flat that turned into a 71-yard TD burst. Smith had open running room and got a good block from Moye that helped spring him for the score with 13:59 left in the quarter.
Penn State 31, Eastern Michigan 0: McGloin continued his career day with a 20-yard TD pass to Moye with 2:27 left in the quarter. That made McGloin 14-of-17 for 219 yards and three TDs. He had three other big pass plays on the drive -- 15 yards to Devon Smith, 18 yards on a screen to Redd and 17 yards on a screen to Curtis Dukes.
Penn State 31, Eastern Michigan 3: Bolden had a pass tipped and picked off deep in his own territory by defensive end Brad Ohrman. The Eagles took over at the Lion 21 but couldn't get into the end zone and had to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Kody Fulkerson with 12:37 to play.
Penn State 34, Eastern Michigan 3: Backup place-kicker Sam Ficken drilled a 43-yarder with 8:32 remaining. Central Cambria product Shane McGregor was the quarterback in the series and completed the first pass of his career, a 12-yard strike to Ryan Scherer. Derek Day and Curtis Dukes carried the load on the ground, and the Lions were helped out by a 15-yard face-mask penalty.
Penn State 34, Eastern Michigan 6: The point spread was 28 1/2, and the Eagles covered it when they drove 50 yards in nine plays and got a 22-yard field goal from Fulkerson with 3:04 left. Whether they should have kicked instead of going for it on fourth-and-goal at the 5 down 31 points is debatable. Coach Ron English decided to take the three points instead of giving his team a shot at a potential inspiring TD.
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* Cory Giger's 5 keys to the game
* Neil Rudel's commentary on the QB situation
* PSU's offense among nation's weakest
* Defense not placing blame on offense
* 15 Minutes blog pregame stretch
Cory Giger's 5 keys to the game
UNIVERSITY PARK - Five things to look for as Penn State plays one of the worst Division I programs in the country in Eastern Michigan.
No. 1: Shame on PSU
Eastern Michigan's last winning season came in 1995, when current Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch was running its offense. The Eagles went 2-10 last year and 0-12 in 2009. They have a 2-1 record, but both wins were against I-AA opponents (Howard and Alabama State).
There's no other way to say it: This is a terrible opponent, as evidenced by the 28 1/2-point spread.
Most major programs play one dog opponent like this per year, but this is two already for Penn State in the first month of the season. Yes, Alabama was a great visiting opponent, but the Nittany Lions' other two home foes so far are about as bad as it gets.
The opener against I-AA bottom feeder Indiana State drew 96,461 fans, the smallest crowd at Beaver Stadium since it expanded above 100,000 seats in 2001. Today's crowd could be even smaller since it's not an opener and there's already a strong sense of disappointment swirling around the program with the 'Bama loss and struggles last week against Temple.
Penn State can't have it both ways. It can't charge fans significantly more money with the new STEP program so it can pay all of its athletic bills, only to turn around and fail to give the fans a quality product on the field by scheduling the likes of Indiana State and Eastern Michigan so close together.
No. 2: No surprises
Eastern Michigan is going to run the ball. Penn State knows the Eagles are going to run the ball. It's all they do and all they can do, averaging 289 yards rushing per game compared to just 68 passing.
Last week was simply remarkable from an Eagles standpoint. They attempted only six passes - SIX! - and completed three for 29 yards in a 31-3 loss to Michigan. They were down for most of the game, too, so they didn't even resort to throwing more to try and catch up.
Eastern Michigan was somewhat effective moving the ball on the ground against the Wolverines, rushing for 207 yards on 46 carries (4.5 per attempt). Javonti Greene had 80 yards on 21 carries.
There's little chance the Eagles will have much success on the ground against PSU's strong run defense.
No. 3: Redd alert
Eastern Michigan can't stop the run - Michigan had 376 yards rushing against EMU - and Penn State will exploit that weakness.
Silas Redd could have a very big day, something in the neighborhood of 150 yards. He'll get more carries than usual with his backup, Brandon Beachum, out with an ankle injury suffered in practice Tuesday. Beachum hopes to return next week.
Third-stringer Curtis Dukes also should get more opportunities to carry the ball.
No. 4: QB distraction
It's nearly impossible to have a conversation about the Lions without much of the talk centering around the quarterback competition. It's pretty much all the players hear about, too.
"I wouldn't say it's frustrating; it definitely can be annoying sometimes," receiver Derek Moye said of the constant quarterback questions. "That's kind of the main thing, sometimes the only thing I guess that other people ask.
"Sometimes you want to hear, 'Good luck this week, hope you guys do well,' things like that. But it's always about the whole quarterback controversy."
That's called a distraction. And while Moye said the players are used to it by now, they shouldn't have had to get used to it. Coaches have to make tough decisions, and the quarterback decision should have been made long ago.
Pick one already and stick with him.
No. 5: More turnovers
Penn State did a nice job last week forcing Temple into three turnovers, and the defense can gain even more confidence in its ability to make big plays by stripping the ball loose a few times today.
Prediction: Penn State 34, Eastern Michigan 3
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