STATE COLLEGE - Matt McGloin was presented with an opportunity and he made the most of it.
With Nittany Lion Freshman quarterback Rob Bolden sidelined with a head injury, the sophomore McGloin stepped in and led Penn State to a 41-31 win over the Michigan Wolverines.
McGloin's performance injected a burst of energy into an offense that had struggled in the two previous week's losses to Iowa and Illinois. The sophomore signal caller hit on 17 of 28 for 250-yards and a second quarter touchdown pass to Graham Zug as the Lions (5-3) wrapped up their first Big-10 win of the season.
"He is just a cool, calm, collected guy," Zug said. "We knew from the beginning if he had to make plays he could do it."
McGloin led offense played without a turnover or penalty, entering the redzone seven times and scoring five touchdowns.
"That's about as well as we can play," head coach Joe Paterno said. "We did a lot of good things and I think Matt [McGloin] had a lot to do with it,"
After Michigan booted a field goal to cut into the Penn State lead, McGloin orchestrated an 11-play, 74 yard drive capped by the signal caller's own 1-yard plunge to give Penn State a 21-10 lead.
With 1:02 left in the half, McGloin hit Zug from 20-yards out to give the Lions a commanding 18-point half time lead.
With Heisman hopeful Denard Robinson at the helm, the Wolverines scratched a