The ending to Penn State’s blowout victory over Rutgers nearly 20 years always felt odd, and that’s why it became discussion fodder from time to time.
Could there be even more to it now?
Surprisingly enough, backup quarterback Mike McQueary threw a long touchdown pass to a streaking backup receiver Chris Campbell with a minute left. The Lions already led by 18.
Rutgers’ coaches threw their arms out and looked to the Penn State sideline, as if to say, ‘Why?’
Joe Paterno even shook his head at the outcome, as if that was not intended. Of course, Rutgers head coach Doug Graber even confronted Paterno on the field after it was over.
Most in the Meadowlands that night expected a running play up the middle — or maybe a short, first-down pass to a tight end, as Paterno intimated should have happened.
But, two years later, McQueary said the long pass was exactly the play called in to him.
Fast forward to this week, with ESPN The Magazine releasing a long, profile piece on McQueary and his controversial role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. One of the bombshells dropped was that McQueary was known around the team and beyond for betting on college football games as a player, including Penn State, according to unnamed sources.
So that Rutgers’ game in ’95?
The Lions were favored by 20 points. They were ahead by 18 with a minute left.
And McQueary’s TD pass covered the spread.
What do you think of the ESPN piece?
What do you think about the end of that Rutgers game?