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Nittany Lions offense shreds hapless Boilermakers

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • November 3, 2012 - 10:41 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - Matt McGloin passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns in helping Penn State defeat Purdue 34-9 on Saturday.

Brandon Moseby-Felder had six catches for 129 yards, Zach Zwinak ran for 134 yards and Michael Zordich ran for two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten), who bounced back from a loss to Ohio State.

"We see teams come off a big game and let it linger on them," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said. "You have to bury those losses."

Caleb TerBush passed for 155 yards and a touchdown, and Antavian Edison had nine catches for 93 yards and a score for the Boilermakers (3-6, 0-5), who have lost five in a row.

Akeem Hunt's 47-yard return of the opening kickoff and Akeem Shavers' 37-yard run set up a 21-yard field goal by Sam McCartney that gave the Boilermakers a 3-0 lead. It was the first time Penn State had been scored upon in the first quarter all season.

Sam Ficken kicked a 27-yard field goal to even the score with 6:03 left in the first quarter. On Penn State's next possession, McGloin found Moseby-Felder for 42 yards, then Zordich scored on a 6-yard run for a 10-3 lead.

Robert Marve completed an 8-yard pass to Edison on a fourth-and-1 from the Penn State 41 to extend a second-quarter drive, but Paul Griggs' 45-yard field goal was wide right.

Penn State then extended its lead. Allen Robinson's leaping 27-yard grab moved the ball into field-goal range, and Ficken's 24-yard chip shot pushed the Nittany Lions' lead to 13-3.

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