UNIVERSITY PARK -- The crowd at Beaver Stadium expressed its displeasure with quarterback Rob Bolden by booing him loudly on several occasions Saturday.
Booing is common in sports, even at the collegiate level, but it's tough to recall a Penn State player getting booed that much by the home fans. Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno took exception to it.
"If they want to boo me, that's fine, I get paid," he said. "But they shouldn't boo kids. In fairness to Rob, he got hit on three or four throws, so you can't really -- they shouldn't be booing him. Boo me, fine."
Bolden didn't start but played almost the entire second quarter, and he had a very rough day. He was 0-for-4 passing and seemed unaware of the pressure as he got drilled a few times on incompletions, drawing boos each time.
Bolden took the field with the offense with 2:50 left in the half and heard more boos before taking a snap. On his third play of the series, he fumbled a shotgun snap, Illinois recovered, the boos started up again and Bolden was done for the day.
"That's rough; I've been there," quarterback Matt McGloin said of the boos.
Asked if he said anything to his teammate and quarterback competitor, McGloin replied, "I tried to stay away from him in that type of situation. If it were me, I wouldn't want anybody talking to me about it."
Jay Paterno said he didn't discuss the booing with Bolden during the game.
"No, I didn't talk to him about people booing because we don't listen to those things, we can't worry about them," JayPa said. "But I talked to him afterwards and I said, 'Hey, you were going the right place, you made the right reads and you got hit on the throw, there's nothing you can do about it.' ... He was fine in the locker room afterwards."