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Oct. 23, 2011
Penn State vs. Northwestern
Oct. 22, 2011
Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno
On playing a high-scoring game and trying to keep up with Northwestern's offense...
"I didn't know it was going to be high scoring at first. I knew Northwestern was very capable of scoring, they score against everybody. They may have lost four straight games, but they had something like 40 points in three of them against some pretty good football teams. So I figured we needed to score some points. Fortunately we did, and we stayed with them for a while...We made some adjustments, and we got ahead. The kids showed good poise on both sides of the ball. We're starting to get pretty good, but we've got a long ways to go."
On tying Eddie Robinson's NCAA record in wins...
"I went to bed last night and said, `Jeez, if we win tomorrow I'm gonna be tied with Eddie Robinson.' Eddie Robinson was one of the greatest guys to ever coach. He had some of the greatest athletes. Eddie and I worked together on a couple committees. Eddie Robinson was a lot more than a football coach."
On Penn State's defense...
"We did a better job containing, and putting ourselves in better areas. We were anxious to get to them and we got a lot of our gaps. In the second half, we used a couple more stunts and got accustomed to their quarterbacks. At halftime, we changed a couple things, and the kids did a good job in the second half."
On the Penn State's quarterback situation...
"We won the game! We talked to the kids about alternating from week to week, and both McGloin and Boldin knew the situation going in."
Quarterback Matt McGloin
On playing the whole game...
"I wasn't really surprised. We were moving the ball great as an offense and there was really no need to float two guys in and out and I'm happy with the way we played today."
On tonight's game...
"We knew Northwestern had a very explicit offense and we knew we were going to have to put at least 30 to win this game. It's about time we started to help our defense out. As a quarterback, I'm lucky to have Silas [Redd] as a running back and the team is lucky to have him. He makes my job so much easier, he makes coach's job so much easier, he can explode at anytime."
On how he played tonight...
"On offense we love having a little bit of time left and seeing if we can get anything there. We had some good field position, play calling was great and we moved the ball right down the field."