Boxscore
Penn State 39, Northwestern 28
Saturday, October 6, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Beaver Stadium
Attendance - 95769

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northwestern 0 14 14 0 28
Penn State 3 7 7 22 39

Recap


Penn State 39, No. 22 Northwestern 28: Matt McGloin scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left as the host Nittany Lions erased an 11-point deficit to win their fourth straight game and deny the Wildcats their first 6-0 start since 1962.

Penn State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten Leaders) trailed 28-17 after Northwestern's Venric Mark returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown with 50 seconds left in the third quarter. McGloin's second touchdown pass to Allen Robinson with 9:49 remaining and a two-point conversion run by Michael Zordich preceded the game-winning, 15-play, 85-yard drive.

Zordich's 25-yard scamper set up his 3-yard touchdown run with 1:30 left for the final points. McGloin, who was 35-of-51 passing for 282 yards, connected with Robinson for an 8-yard score to cap a 12-play, 80-yard drive and give Penn State a 17-14 lead with 7:47 to go in the third quarter.

Mark also had a rushing touchdown for the Wildcats (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten Legends), who gained only 247 yards one week after racking up a school-record 704 against Indiana. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian was 21 of 36 for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Penn State led 3-0 after one quarter, when it owned a 12:00 to 3:00 time of possession advantage and kept Northwestern off the scoreboard in the first period for the first time this season. The Nittany Lions increased their lead to 10-0 in the second quarter after Zach Zwinak dove in from the 1-yard line.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Penn State sophomore K Sam Ficken, who was 2-for-8 on field goals entering the game, made his only attempt - a 21-yarder in the first quarter - after the drive was kept alive when the Nittany Lions converted on fourth-and-1 from the 10.  ... Northwestern junior K Jeff Budzien is 73-for-73 on extra point attempts. ... The Nittany Lions have outscored opponents 52-0 in the first quarter this season.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 3:41
Penn State   FG  Penn State 3 - Northwestern 0
2nd Quarter - 9:34
Penn State   TD  Penn State 10 - Northwestern 0
2nd Quarter - 6:23
Northwestern   TD  Penn State 10 - Northwestern 7
2nd Quarter - 0:30
Northwestern   TD  Penn State 10 - Northwestern 14
3rd Quarter - 7:17
Penn State   TD  Penn State 17 - Northwestern 14
3rd Quarter - 3:12
Northwestern   TD  Penn State 17 - Northwestern 21
3rd Quarter - 0:50
Northwestern   TD  Penn State 17 - Northwestern 28
4th Quarter - 9:49
Penn State   TD  Penn State 25 - Northwestern 28
4th Quarter - 2:37
Penn State   TD  Penn State 32 - Northwestern 28
4th Quarter - 1:30
Penn State   TD  Penn State 39 - Northwestern 28
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northwestern Penn State
W/L 5 - 1 - 0 4 - 2 - 0
Conference 1 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Northwestern Penn State
Score 28 39
First Downs 14 30
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-13
31%
10-for-22
45%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
5-for-6
83%
Total Yards 247 443
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 25-112 48-161
Average/Rush 4.5 3.4
Passing
Comp-Att 21-36 35-51
Passing Yards 135 282
Average/Pass Play 3.6 5.3
Penalties-Yards 3-40 3-30
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 20:43 39:17

PLAYER STATS

Northwestern (5 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Siemian 21/36 135 1 0
Penn State (4 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. McGloin 35/51 282 2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
V. Mark 13 72 5.5 1
K. Colter 5 24 4.8 1
T. Siemian 4 14 3.5 0
M. Trumpy 3 2 0.7 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Zwinak 28 121 4.3 1
M. Zordich 7 32 4.6 1
B. Belton 4 12 3.0 0
M. McGloin 7 -2 -0.3 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Trumpy 3 28 9.3 0
T. Jones 4 27 6.8 1
D. Fields 3 21 7.0 0
R. Lawrence 2 18 9.0 0
K. Colter 3 17 5.7 0
C. Jones 3 16 5.3 0
V. Mark 2 6 3.0 0
K. Prater 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Robinson 9 85 9.4 2
Z. Zwinak 6 52 8.7 0
K. Carter 4 44 11.0 0
B. Moseby-Felder 5 34 6.8 0
M. Zordich 4 31 7.8 0
G. Gilliam 1 15 15.0 0
M. Lehman 3 15 5.0 0
T. Williams 1 7 7.0 0
J. James 1 0 0.0 0
B. Belton 1 -1 -1.0 0
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