In a way, Matt McGloin’s long journey was completed in the crazy-numbers victory over Indiana.
For starters, the former walk-on and favorite target of fan criticism, nearly broke the single-game Penn State passing record in the 45-22 victory.
He also broke several other season and career marks.
And it all led him to being named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week.
McGloin was 22-of-32 passing for four touchdowns and a career-high 395 yards against the Hoosiers, just four yards short of Zack Mills’ school record.
He also has now broken records for career touchdown passes, career 200-yard passing games, season completions and season passing yards.
McGloin now leads the Big Ten in passing (279.2 yards per game) by more than 40 yards over second-place Cameron Coffman of Indiana.
This is McGloin’s second Big Ten Player of the Week award, sharing this one with Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner.
Meanwhile, McGloin also is a candidate for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the “nation’s outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on.”