STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — One defender latched on to Matt McGloin as he trudged toward the goal line, then a second. Carrying two players, the senior quarterback took two laborious steps forward before falling on his right knee in the end zone for a touchdown.
The 1-yard run, like the rest of the game, wasn't pretty — but it got the job done for Penn State.
McGloin threw for a career-high 318 yards and ran for two short scores to lead the Nittany Lions to a 24-13 win Saturday over Temple.
"It's all those squats (training coaches) were making me do in the summer," McGloin joked about his plodding plunge to make it 14-3 with 22 seconds left in the first half.
For Temple, the loss continued a decades-long streak of misery against its state rival. Officially, Temple's skid in the series is 23; seven Penn State victories from 2003-11 were vacated because of NCAA sanctions. The Owls got a 7-7 tie in 1950 but otherwise have been winless in the series since a 14-0 shutout on Oct. 18, 1941.
The Owls finally got a touchdown on Matt Brown's 1-yard catch with 1:33 left. It was way too late for coach Steve Addazio.
"We made our mind up going into that game that we were going to try to be more balanced. We're going take our shots," he said. "When we did, we missed on the plays that were there to be made. We missed on them."
MINNESOTA 17, SYRACUSE 10: Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns for the host Golden Gophers, who forced four turnovers. Ryan Nassib threw for 228 yards and a TD for the Orange but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. Syracuse also committed 10 penalties, four of them false starts in front of a sellout crowd of 50,805.
W. MICHIGAN 30, UCONN 24: Alex Carder threw for 237 yards and a score for the host Broncos, leaving Huskies coach Paul Pasqualoni to rue his team's inability to stop the senior. "We were generating the right amount of pressure (but) he wasn't as uncomfortable as we'd like to see him," Pasqualoni said. Chandler Whitmer was 28-of-44 for 333 yards and three touchdowns passing for Connecticut but was sacked six times.
PITT 55, GARDNER-WEBB 10: Tino Sunseri passed for 344 yards and three touchdowns for the host Panthers, who let their I-AA opponents hang around for a quarter. Mike Shanahan caught five passes for a career-high 144 yards and two scores.