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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Return to Dominating Form Against Purdue

November 3, 2012;  West Lafayette, IN, USA;  Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Matthew McGloin (11) drops back to pass against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE
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Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIDecember 24, 2014

All the negative feelings after a Week 9 loss to Ohio State were pushed aside by a dominating 34-9 victory on the road at Purdue. The Nittany Lions proved once again that, when hitting on all cylinders, they are one of the top teams in the Big Ten Conference.

Quarterback Matt McGloin continued his breakout season, throwing for 321 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The senior, who looked out of sync against the Buckeyes, was confident and comfortable in Week 10 against the Boilermakers. He utilized nine different receivers, showing the ability to spread the ball around without focusing on just one target.

Even without tight end Kyle Carter, McGloin had no problem racking up yards through the air. Carter, the team's second-leading receiver, missed the game with an injury.

Freshman tight end Jesse James stepped in for Carter, catching three balls for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder, who has been more involved in the offense in recent weeks, benefited from the absence of Carter by receiving more looks. Moseby-Felder had a team-high six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.

The running game also got back on track, led by sophomore Zach Zwinak, who picked up 134 yards on 21 carries. Senior running back Michael Zordich led all rushers with two touchdowns.

The Purdue offense was no match for the stout Penn State defense. The Boilermakers were held to just nine points. Linebacker Gerald Hodges led the charge with eight tackles, including three for a loss.

This was a complete victory for the Lions and should give them confidence heading into the last three games.

Penn State will look to start another winning streak next week at Nebraska.

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