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PSU-Purdue highlights, lowlights

November 4, 2012
By Neil Rudel ( , The Altoona Mirror

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 34-9 victory over Purdue on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium:

Play of the game: Tough to pick out one in this kind of rout, but Sean Stanley's pressure on Purdue quarterback Robert Marve on third-and-goal from the Penn State 3 led to an incompletion on the Boilermakers' first possession and forced a field goal.

Offensive player of the game: Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin completed 22-of-36 passes for 321 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was McGloin's fifth 300-yard game, breaking Kerry Collins' school record.

Defensive player of the game: PSU linebacker Gerald Hodges made a team-high eight tackles, including six solos and three for 10 yards in losses. He also broke up a pass.

Most telling statistic: The Lions limited Purdue to 1-of-11 conversions on third down in the first half.

Hidden statistic: Of Purdue's 375 total yards, 188 came on the Boilers' last three possessions.

Best run: Purdue's Akeem Shavers burst a 37-yard sweep early in the game, virtually the Boilermakers' lone offensive highlight.

Best pass: McGloin hit a wide-open Brandon Moseby-Felder in stride for a 41-yard touchdown in the third quarter, extending the Lions' lead to 34-3.

Worst pass: Got dizzy watching three Purdue quarterbacks attempt 62 passes. Caleb TerBush's first attempt in the third quarter was nearly picked by Hodges.

Best catch: Allen Robinson went over Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson for a 27-yard reception in the second quarter.

Catch it, will ya: Zach Zwinak dropped an early screen with running room. Purdue fullback Kurt Freytag botched a TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Hold it, won't ya: Moseby-Felder was stripped of the ball by Purdue's Ricardo Allen in the second quarter following a nice cut and a 29-yard gain. Fortunately for Penn State, the ball went out of bounds.

Best tackle: Lion safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong tackled Gary Bush in the open field in the second quarter with the Lions up 10-3. Bush had caught a screen and was cutting across the middle to daylight.

Worst tackle: Purdue safety Taylor Richards missed Lion tight end Jesse James at the 5-yard line, allowing James to score a TD that put the Lions up 27-3 early in the third quarter.

Best hit: Lion corner Adrian Amos leveled Purdue's Dolapo Macarthy after a flat pass in the first quarter at the PSU 4, saving a touchdown.

Best kick: Alex Butterworth rolled a 39-yard punt to the Purdue 3 in the fourth quarter.

Worst kick: Normally reliable Purdue punter Cody Webster had a couple of 25-yarders go straight up in the second quarter. Pick one.

Best call: On third-and-3 from the PSU 35, James released on a delay, and McGloin found him open in the left flat for a 35-yard catch-and-run. The play helped set up the TD that extended Penn State's lead to 20-3.

Worst call: Rather than delve into the Boilers' train wreck, let's keep it local. Facing third-and-2 on its 36 in the second quarter, against a Purdue defense that can't stop the run, the Lions lined up with no backs and tried a pass to Robinson that failed.

Worst penalty: Purdue provided numerous options, but how about the delay of game, down 34-3, facing third-and-14 from the Lions' 19 in the third quarter?

Best effort: Zwinak, now having displaced Bill Belton as the starter, rushed for 134 yards on 21 carries - 6.4 per pop.

Unsung hero: Moseby-Felder caught six passes for a career-high 129 yards and a touchdown.

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