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October 29, 2012

First Look: Penn State





With Purdue coming off an 0-4 Big Ten start, the Boilermakers look to get in the win column and put this weekend's loss at Minnesota behind it when it hosts Penn State.

GoldandBlack.com will much more on the Nittany Lions throughout the week. In the meantime, here's a quick first look.

In its first year under Coach Bill O'Brien and its first season after getting leveled by unprecedented NCAA sanctions, Penn State has been very good ever since starting 0-2 with a home loss to Ohio and a road loss at Virginia.

Prior to this weekend's 35-23 loss at unbeaten Ohio State, the Lions had won five in a row, including their first three Big Ten games.

While many predicted doom for the Lions in the wake of its massive scholarship reductions and the attrition brought to it current roster by the NCAA granting its players to transfer immediately without penalty, Penn State is more likely to feel the sting of the penalties down the line as opposed to immediately.

With that in mind, it's not altogether surprising the Lions didn't sink like a rock this season, though their roster did incur quality-over-quantity losses, particularly on offense.

If there's a surprise this season, it might be in that its offense has been so effective, after losing running back Silas Redd to USC and receiver Justin Brown to Oklahoma. That in addition to other valuable offensive players.

But under O'Brien - the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator - and an offensive scheme far advanced beyond the prehistoric attacks Joe Paterno employed, quarterback Matt McGloin has thrived.

The senior is probably a legitimate Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Year candidate, leading the league in passing. He's throwing for an average of 264 yards per game and has thrown 16 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Receiver Allen Robinson has filled a void left by Brown and the graduated Derek Moye. He's leading the Big Ten by a mile with 52 receptions, including a conference-best eight touchdowns.

While Penn State's offense has been very good, its defense hasn't missed a beat from past seasons, ranking right now in the top half in the league in every major category.

The one area where Penn State has really been stung by a transfer has been placekicking, where Anthony Fera left for Texas. His replacement, Sam Ficken, has made just 5-of-12 field goals and missed two PATs. Two of his missed field goals were blocked.

The Valparaiso native missed four field goals at Virginia in Week 2 in a game Penn State lost by just a single point.

Ficken, though, has made three of his last four field goal tries.




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