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Snap Reactions: Penn State's Matt McGloin for OPOY?

Every Saturday during the football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to every Big Ten game. See his thoughts from the Big Ten’s three early Week 5 games in this post. Among his thoughts: Is it time to put Matt McGloin in the conversation for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year? Penn State 35, Illinois 7 1. Is any team in the Leaders Division playing better than Penn State? Hmm. The Nittany Lions have won three in a row after a 0-2 start. With better kicking, Penn State may be 5-0. As it stands, the

Penn State rolls Illinois, tallies third straight win

Matt McGloin threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Penn State to a 35-7 win over Illinois Saturday in the schools’ Big Ten opener. Sophomore running back Zach Zwinak added 100 yards and two touchdowns for Penn State (3-2). The Nittany Lions forced three turnovers and held the Illini (2-3) scoreless for the first 34 minutes. Linebacker Mike Mauti intercepted Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase twice. [RELATED: Illinois debuts new look for Big Ten opener] The first came on the Penn State goal line and Mauti returned it 99 yards near the end

3rd Quarter Recap: Penn State 28, Illinois 7

Penn State’s defensive line went crazy in the third, penetrating Illinois’ backfield so often that the Fighting Illini finished with negative rushing yardage, at -4 yards, and the margin is still 21, as the Nittany Lions lead 28-7. Illinois closed the gap to 21-7 when Josh Ferguson threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Harris to cap off a 42-yard drive. The Fighting Illini began the drive with good field position after Tommy Davis returned a punt. [RELATED: Illinois debuts new uniform in Big Ten opener] Penn State made its lead 28-7 when Matt McGloin kept it himself for a

2nd Quarter Recap: Penn State 21, Illinois 0

Matt Lehman led Penn State in the quarter. He caught a 21-yard touchdown pass, and the Nittany Lions now lead 21-0. Penn State opened up the lead, 21-0, after marching down the field for a seven-play, 72-yard drive that ended when. The Nittany Lions threw just one time during that march downfield. [RELATED: Illinois debuts new uniform in Big Ten opener] Things got interesting right before the half. On 4th-and-goal right in the final seconds, Michael Mauti intercepted Nathan Scheelhaase in the end zone and returned it all the way to the Illinois 1-yard line. With one second left, Penn

1st Quarter Recap: Penn State 14, Illinois 0

Penn State gave up only eight passing yards during the first quarter and the Nittany Lions lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State struck first when Zach Zwinak turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown, the final play of an eight-play, 26-yard drive. The Nittany Lions started in good field position when Penn State recovered a fumble. [RELATED: Illinois debuts new uniform in Big Ten opener] The Nittany Lions expanded their lead to 14-0 thanks to a seven-play, 60-yard drive that ended when Matt McGloin turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run. Illinois has

Week 5 Previews: What to look for in Big Ten play

Earlier this week I helped take a look at who might land in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship game. Well, the road to that big game starts Saturday as Big Ten teams put a rocky non-conference run behind them and focus on pounding on each other. In this post, I take a close look at all six games, and then I’m headed to East Lansing to cover Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday. Also, every Saturday BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game topped off with my Saturday Snap Reactions. Get those quarterly updates

Revsine's Numbers: It's time for Big Ten play

Conference play is here – and not a moment too soon. I don’t say that for the reasons you might think (though I’m certainly not complaining about not having to discuss which game this weekend is most important for the Big Ten’s national reputation). For me the excitement is purely selfish. I get some time in my life back – the time I’ve spent over the last four weeks preparing for the Big Ten’s non-conference opponents. You never know when you might get another Appalachian State over Michigan – and my job, of course, is to be prepared to talk

Week 5: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After four weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 36-10, while Brent is in the cellar, at 35-11. See our Week 5 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 36-10; .783 Tom: 36-10; .783 Brent: 35-11; .761 [RELATED: Week 5 Power Rankings | Week 5 Player Rankings] Penn State (2-2) at Illinois (2-2) – noon ET, ESPN

Dienhart: Week 5 Big Ten questions

Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for the 11 teams in action entering Week 5, the first week of conference play. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Who will be the quarterback? Nathan Scheelhaase started last week after hurting an ankle in the opener, and he hit 8-of-11 passes for 85 yards with a touchdown and pick. Reilly O’Toole took over and completed 19-of-25 passes for 120 yards in the 52-24 loss at