Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post.
BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here.
Matt McGloin threw for a career-high 318 yards and ran for two short scores, and linebacker Michael Mauti led another strong defensive effort to lead Penn State to a 24-13 win Saturday over Temple. Allen Robinson added to his torrid start as the Nittany Lions’ top receiver came up with a 41-yard touchdown catch on a fourth-down play in rookie coach Bill O’Brien’s new offense.
Penn State’s secondary stifled the passing game allowing just 12 yards through the air to Temple in the third quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 21-6. Penn State made it 21-3 when Matt McGloin turned a quarterback sneak into a two-yard touchdown run on the last play of an 11-play, 80-yard drive.
Penn State racked up 99 passing yards in the quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 14-3. Temple finished off a 58-yard drive when Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. The Owls went to the air just two times on that drive.
Allen Robinson had a productive quarter for Penn State. He caught two passes for 45 yards and one touchdown, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Earlier this fall we launched BTN Connect, a great place to go during Saturday football games to track the Twitter conversations surrounding your teams, vote in TV polls, and find out what names are trending. For instance, when Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell made the leap (see video in this post), his name took off on Twitter.