A look back: Never deny Matt McGloin’s toughness

In honor of winning the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation’s top former walk-on, here is a Matt McGloin moment from the past you may not know: 
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It was the middle of October in 2011 and Penn State was at home against Purdue, trying to improve to 6-1. 
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And nothing was easy that day. 
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A glance back: Matt McGloin beat the Boilermakers in 2011 with only half of his eyesight after taking a hard hit to the head.

The Nittany Lions led only 10-6 at halftime. Worst yet, McGloin had taken a hard shot to the head early in the game. Only later did he admit to not being able to see out of his right eye the entire second half. 
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His final numbers weren’t great (8-of-17, 145 yards), but the Lions hung on for the 23-18 victory. 
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However, the pain behind his eye became so intense later that night that he went to hospital for testing and observation — the first of two hospital visits that season (later came the concussion from the December fight with Curtis Drake). 
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But McGloin passed all of the concussion tests the week after Purdue. 
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And he started the following Saturday at Northwestern and threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
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