Matt McGloin's Standout Senior Play Fuels Penn State's Unlikely Success

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Matt McGloin's Standout Senior Play Fuels Penn State's Unlikely Success
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The last time Matt McGloin faced an Urban Meyer-coached team, when Penn State played Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl, he threw five interceptions. The last time the Nittany Lions' quarterback faced Ohio State, 11 months ago, he completed just 10-of-18 passes for 88 yards. Three months ago, the NCAA banned Penn State from the postseason, prompting star tailback Silas Redd and top receiver Justin Brown to transfer. McGloin was left as one of two returning offensive starters, and pundits universally predicted the program to plummet. Season-opening losses to Ohio and Virginia seemed to validate that opinion.

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