Penn State Wins Big Ten Leaders Division Opener
Oct. 1, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Penn State defense forced two turnovers
and kept Indiana out of the end zone until late in the game to register a 16-10 win in Memorial Stadium in the first Big Ten Leaders Division game.
The Nittany Lions improved to 15-0 all-time against the Hoosiers and 10-3 in Big Ten road games over the past four seasons. Penn State won its Big Ten opener on the road for the first time since the 2005 contest at Northwestern, having lost its last three conference openers away from Beaver Stadium.
Indiana became the fourth team in Penn State's initial five games to score 10 points or less, a mark the Nittany Lion defense had not achieved since 1996. Penn State delivered its fourth multiple turnover game of the season, bringing its total to 11 after forcing 17 turnovers during the 2010 campaign.
The Nittany Lions controlled the ball and the clock against Indiana's no-huddle offense, running 86 plays and gaining 464 yards while holding the ball for 37:27. The Hoosiers gained 256 yards, with 120 coming in the fourth period, and had the ball for just 22:33. Penn State forced 10 punts recorded 10 tackles for loss, led by Jordan Hill's career-high 3.0 TFL.
In his second game as the Nittany Lions' field goal kicker, Anthony Fera connected on a career-high three field goals (22, 27, and 33 yards) to boost Penn State on a breezy day. Fera was selected Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after also dropping three punts inside the Hoosiers' 20-yard-line and kicking off.
Junior linebacker Gerald Hodges tied his career-high with 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss. Glenn Carson had seven hits and Chaz Powell made five solo stops and grabbed his second interception of the season, while lying on his back at the PSU 40. Hill had four tackles, with a sack and 3.0 TFL. Sean Stanley forced his Big Ten-leading third fumble of the season, which Devon Still recovered at the IU 13 early in the third quarter to set-up Fera's second field goal.
Derek Moye continued his outstanding play by making six receptions for a career- high 158 yards, with a 74-yard touchdown catch from Matt McGloin and a 40-yard reception from Rob Bolden. Moye's receiving yardage was the highest for a Nittany Lion since Deon Butler's school record 216 vs. Northwestern in 2006. Moye moved into fifth place at Penn State with 130 career receptions, passing O.J. McDuffie.
McGloin was 10 of 22 for 204 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.
He delivered his seventh career 200-yard passing game (all in the last 11 games) to move into 10th place on the school list. Rob Bolden was 6 of 14 for 67 yards, including a 40- yard strike to Moye on the Lions' first possession. He had a pass that was deflected by a receiver and intercepted at the IU one-yard-line on Penn State's first drive.
Silas Redd earned his second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 129 hard- fought yards on a career-high 29 carries. An 8-yard Redd touchdown run on the Lions' opening drive was wiped out by a penalty and on the next play Bolden was intercepted. Sophomore Curtis Dukes set career-highs with nine carries and 54 yards to boost the running attack.
Leading 6-3 late in the third quarter, McGloin re-entered the game and one first down launched a strike to Moye for a 74-yard touchdown pass a 13-3 lead with 1:31 left in the period. A 33-yard field goal by Fera, his career-high third of the game, made it 16-3 with 10:10 to play in the game.
Indiana scored its lone touchdown with 3:51 to go to draw within 16-10 and forced Penn State to punt, but Dusty Kiel's fourth down heave toward the end zone was knocked to the ground to secure the win.
Penn State turned the ball over twice in the Red Zone to keep the game tight.
Penn State returns to Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8, hosting Iowa (3-1, 0-
0) in the Nittany Lions' home opener. The Hawkeyes were idle Saturday. The clash will
kick at 3:30 and air on ABC (ESPN in outer markets), the Penn State Sports Network,
and www.GoPSUsports.com. More than 60 members of Penn State's 1986 National
Championship team will be recognized at the contest.