Penn State Squeaks Past Purdue

Penn State somehow managed to beat Purdue 23-18 as the Boilermakers missed a 44-yard field goal and extra-point attempt in the swirling winds of Beaver Stadium.

It wasn’t all bad news for Purdue on special teams. Raheem Mostert’s 71 yard kickoff return to the Penn State 26 helped set up Caleb TerBush’s 14-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Ross with 4:02 left in the third quarter to draw within 13-12.

But after missing the 44-yarder in the first quarter, Wiggs’ tough afternoon got worse. His extra-point attempt banged off the right upright, preventing a tie.

The ensuing kickoff from Wiggs landed out-of-bounds for a penalty that gave Penn State the ball at its own 40. Matt McGloin, coming on in relief again for Rob Bolden in the Nittany Lions’ two-quarterback system, set up Redd’s third-quarter touchdown run with three straight long passes for first downs to the 9.

Redd scored from 9 yards out with 2:37 in the third on a bruising run, backing over a defender and bowling him over at the goal line for the touchdown. He finished with 131 yards on 28 carries.

Akeem Shavers had a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:08 left but Purdue was stopped on a 2-point conversion attempt to keep the deficit at 20-18.

Chaz Powell returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to the 3, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed Penn State back, and the Nittany Lions settled for field goal with 6:24 left and a five-point lead.

It was an uncharacteristically porous performance by the Penn State defense. Behind a strong running game, Purdue gashed Penn State for 344 yards—roughly 90 more than the Nittany Lions’ season average entering the day.

Once again the two quarterback situation did not work, and for the second straight week Penn State needed Matt McGloin to lead them on a fourth quarter drive to win the game for the Nittany Lions.

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