Penn State Football: Missed Field Goals and Injuries Add to Lions' Difficulties

Barry Leonard@@barryleonardjrAnalyst IIISeptember 8, 2012

September 3, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Derek Day (24) runs by Indiana State Sycamores linebacker Jacolby Washington (34) in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Indiana State 41-7. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State moved the ball on the Virginia defense, but struggled on the Virginia side of the 50-yard line. Injuries and missed field goals made things difficult on Penn State in Week 2. Penn State, already banged up, had to deal with several injuries throughout the game.

Matt McGloin left the game in the second quarter after being hit twice on the right elbow. McGloin later returned in the third quarter.

Penn State running back Derek Day left the game for a few drives with an apparent left arm injury during the third quarter. first reported the injury.

Day, a fifth-year senior, started the game at Virginia in place of last week's starter Bill Belton. Belton injured his ankle in the Week 1 game against Ohio.

This Lions were already struggling with injuries coming into the game with Belton out and starting cornerback Stephon Morris banged up, but playing.

Day was replaced by sophomore Zack Zwinak. Redshirt junior Curtis Dukes has also seen time in the backfield today.

Placekicker Sam Ficken missed four field goals on the day, including a last-second 43-yarder. An extra point was also blocked in the second half.

The Lions fell 17-16 to the Cavaliers.

The Nittany Lions outgained Virginia 330-295 in total yards.