October 24 Philadelphia Inquirer:
MINNEAPOLIS – Over the course of a couple of months, Matt McGloin went from being a contender for Penn State’s starting-quarterback job to the forgotten Nittany Lion, a guy who was on the field for one measly snap over the first six games.
But after freshman Rob Bolden got dinged Saturday on a second-quarter scramble and left the game on wobbly legs, coach Joe Paterno looked past reserve Kevin Newsome and pointed to McGloin, who began the game No. 3 on the depth chart.
McGloin, a redshirt sophomore, justified the coach’s endorsement, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass on his first career completion and adding another touchdown toss in the fourth quarter to lift the Nittany Lions to a 33-21 Big Ten Conference victory over Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium.
It wasn’t always pretty. McGloin, who went 6 of 13 for 76 yards, threw an interception, and some of his incompletions were well off the mark. But he showed enough talent and moxie to get the Lions (4-3 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) out of their funk and give them a vital victory, the 398th of Joe Paterno’s career.
McGloin, who was 0 for 2 for his career before Saturday, said he has dreamed about the opportunity “since you’re playing in the backyard with your brothers.”
“To get that opportunity, I’m just speechless,” the 6-foot-1, 209-pounder said. “Right now it hasn’t sunk in yet, I guess. But probably after I talk to my parents and my brothers and things like that, it will really hit me.”
Bolden, the true freshman who had started every game and hit his first nine passes Saturday against the Golden Gophers (1-7, 0-4), left the game with just over nine minutes to play after running for no gain from his own 36. He briefly arose but then dropped to one knee, and left the game.
Paterno stopped short of describing Bolden’s injury as a concussion but said he was “having trouble remembering some things” and the team doctor suggested he come out.
“I think they did what was right, to keep him out,” he said. “We’ll know a little bit more [Sunday]. We’ll get a chance to get him back home and give him some tests. Nobody would have been comfortable putting him back in.”
McGloin almost threw an interception on his first pass. But he’ll never forget the second one, which came after cornerback D’Anton Lynn returned an interception out of his end zone all the way to the Minnesota 42.
McGloin faked a run, rolled to his left, and fired the ball more than 50 yards in the air to a streaking Derek Moye just across the goal line.
“Derek did a great job getting behind the guy,” McGloin said. “The backside safety came down on the run fake. I threw it up there and he made a great play.”