Penn State (5-3) at Purdue (3-5)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500) -- West Lafayette, Indiana.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: PSU 3-2, Purdue 3-2. Away Record: PSU 2-1,
Purdue 0-3. Neutral Record: PSU 0-0, Purdue 0-0. Conference Record: PSU 3-1,
Purdue 0-4. Series Record: PSU leads, 11-3-1.
GAME NOTES: Coming off their first loss in seven weeks, the Penn State Nittany
Lions will try to rebound against Big Ten Conference foe Purdue on Saturday
afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Penn State suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season this past weekend, as
sixth-ranked Ohio State proved too tough to handle in a 35-23 final. The loss
was the Nittany Lions' first since Sept. 8, snapping a five-game win streak.
Following this tilt, they'll travel to Nebraska next week before closing out
their schedule with home games against Indiana and Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, Purdue is winless in four conference games. The Boilermakers are
coming off their fourth loss in as many weeks this past Saturday, as they fell
at Minnesota, 44-28. They'll hit the road to face Iowa and Illinois over the
next two weeks, before wrapping up the regular season at home against Indiana
in the Old Oaken Bucket Game.
The Nittany Lions have won the last five meetings with Purdue to take an
11-3-1 lead in the all-time series.
Despite missing a few open receivers, Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin
threw for a career-high 327 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State.
McGloin finished with 27 completions, spreading the wealth to nine different
receivers, although he did throw a third-quarter interception that was
returned for a touchdown. It marked McGloin's third straight game with
multiple touchdown passes, and he is now tied with Kerry Collins for the most
300-yard passing games in school history. For the most part, the Buckeyes were
able to bottle up Nittany Lions' sophomore receiver and big-play threat Allen
Robinson, who finished with 68 yards on five catches. On the season, Robinson
has caught eight touchdown passes and leads the Big Ten in receptions per game
(6.5), while ranking second with 78.9 receiving yards per tilt.
Penn State grabbed a 7-0 lead over OSU thanks to a blocked punt for a
touchdown midway through the second quarter. But as the game wore on, the
Nittany Lions had more and more trouble containing Buckeyes' signal-caller
Braxton Miller, who threw for 143 yards and a touchdown, and ran for a game-
high 134 yards and two more scores. Those two rushing TDs came late in the
third quarter to extend OSU's lead to 28-10. Penn State linebackers Gerald
Hodges and Michael Mauti notched 14 and 13 tackles, respectively, with Hodges
also tallying a sack. Mauti's 13 stops tied a career-high. PSU ranks 18th
nationally in scoring defense (18.1 ppg) and 22nd in total defense (329.5
Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBursh was benched in the third quarter against
Minnesota in favor of former starter Robert Marve. The switch came after
TerBush, who was just 5-of-18 for 49 yards, threw an interception that was
returned for a TD. Marve entered and completed 11-of-19 passes for 97 yards,
leading the Boilermakers on a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives. He'll be
under center when Purdue takes the field against Penn State. Another storyline
entering the game is Antavian Edison, who will try to extend his streak to 30
consecutive games with a reception. Despite converting 9-of-18 third downs and
scoring touchdowns on all three of their trips inside the red zone, the
Boilermakers found themselves trailing 44-7 early in the second half. A
season-high eight penalties certainly did not help their cause on either side
of the ball.
Defensively, Purdue was led by Landon Feichter, who notched a pass breakup and
a game-high eight tackles, including four solo. Feichter, a former walk-on,
has four interceptions on the season, which are the most by any player at
Purdue since Terrell Vinson picked off five passes in 2007. Josh Johnson also
broke up a pass against Minnesota and finished with seven stops, six solo.
Johnson has broken up a team-high nine passes this season, bringing his career
total to 24. However, the Golden Gophers found big chunks of yardage through
the air and on the ground against Purdue's defense. The Boilermakers could use
a few more impact plays from guys like senior defensive tackle Kawann Short,
who ranks among the national leaders with 42.5 career tackles for loss and
16.5 career sacks, as well as Ricardo Allen, who is tied for the FBS lead with
four career interception returns for TDs.
Still eligible for a Big Ten Leaders Division crown, the Nittany Lions had
plenty of motivation last week against unbeaten Ohio State. Can they dial up
that same intensity this week in West Lafayette against a beatable Purdue
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 31, Purdue 17
10/31 10:40:31 ET
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