Offense was on display at Beaver Stadium in Week 12. Penn State amassed 515 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Matt McGloin and wide receiver Allen Robinson. The duo hooked up 10 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns as the Nittany Lions defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 45-22.
McGloin continued his magical season, throwing for 397 yards and four touchdowns against the Hoosiers. The senior signal-caller leads the Big Ten in passing, totaling 3,073 yards and 23 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He is now the single-season passing-yards leader at Penn State and also holds the record for career passing touchdowns.
Against the Hoosiers, McGloin continued to impress in head coach Bill O'Brien's NFL-style offense. His favorite target in the game was Robinson. The Indiana secondary had no answer for the sophomore receiver who set a career high for yards in a game.
The speedy Robinson showed why he is the best receiver in the Big Ten. Not only did he make big plays down the field, but he showed his ability to turn a short pass into something special. In the second quarter, he took a short pass from McGloin and turned it into a 53-yard touchdown reception.
In the game, Robinson set the Penn State single-season receptions record.
While McGloin and Robinson were the ones who stood out against the Hoosiers, Penn State got solid contributions in other areas as well.
The ground game fared well, led by starting running back Zach Zwinak. The sophomore carried the rock 29 times for 133 yards and a touchdown. He also added a 16-yard touchdown reception. Senior Michael Zordich added 47 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The Penn State defense came up with two key interceptions that ended Indiana drives. Linebacker Gerald Hodges tipped a pass to himself and then hauled it in for the turnover. In the fourth quarter, cornerback Adrian Amos came up with a red-zone turnover that halted a scoring chance.
The Nittany Lions will look to finish the 2012 season with a win when the Wisconsin Badgers visit Beaver Stadium on November 24.
Note: Things were not all good for Penn State. Senior linebacker Michael Mauti was carted off the field in the first quarter with a knee injury.