Win or lose, Penn State had always scored first in a game this season.
Until this past Saturday at Purdue.
No matter, that early field by the Boilermakers would be the last points they’d see until the game’s final play.
Purdue not only was the first team to score first on these 6-3 Nittany Lions, they were the first to score in the opening quarter, period.
Even so, Penn State still holds a remarkable 76-3 first-quarter advantage over opponents this year.
And here are some more notes looking back at the blowout victory over Purdue and looking ahead to the team’s final road trip of the season this coming weekend at Nebraska:
Lots of re-writing. Quarterback Matt McGloin is passing or nearing quite a few school records at the end of his senior season.
In all, it’s been a pretty surprisingly successful year for the former walk-on.
He now leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game (270.7) by an astounding 55-yard margin.
He also leads the league in completions (211) and is tied for first in touchdown passes (18).
On Penn State career lists, McGloin is third in completions (454), fourth in passing yards (5,555) and fifth in touchdown passes (40) and passing attempts (788).
McGloin also now has seven-straight 200-yard passing games (a school record) and has 15 for his career, one away from tying Kerry Collins and Zack Mills for another record.
He already has broken Collins’ record for 300-yard passing games in a career with five.
Very productive. The Lions’ 506 total yards against Purdue was a season best.
Mr. Disruptive. Redshirt freshman Deion Barnes is now tied for the Big Ten lead with three forced fumbles.
Catching on big. Wide receiver Allen Robinson leads the Big Ten with 57 receptions (6.3 per game), receiving yards (689) and touchdowns (eight). He is second in receiving yards per game at 76.6.
Robinson’s 57 catches this season are seven away from breaking the Penn State record of 63 by O.J. McDuffie in 1992 and Bobby Engram in 1995.
Scoring binge. Penn State is averaging 33.8 points in its five Big Ten games and has scored at least 34 in four of five contests.
Road warriors. The Lions have a chance to win all four of their Big Ten road games for only the third time. They also did it in 1994 and 2009.