Monday Notebook: Lions Head Into Minnesota Week with Confidence
Nov. 4, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions have four more opportunities to improve as a football squad, and that is what they intend to do each week between now and the Nov. 30 season finale at Wisconsin.
9414160.jpegPenn State improved to 6-1 in weeks following a loss on Saturday with the 24-17 overtime victory against Illinois. The Nittany Lions enter the practice week looking to cut down on mistakes, but O'Brien views the remaining schedule is a great opportunity.
"I think that we have a chance to be a good football team and I think there is a lot of football left," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I do believe that we need to cut down on certain mistakes. The one thing about this team, which I told them this morning, is that I enjoy coaching this team so much because I think that they are tough guys that love to practice, that really appreciate playing for Penn State, that stuck with us and I just really enjoy coming to practice every day with these guys."
Penn State and Minnesota are slated for a noon (ET) kick on ESPN2.
- Belton Earns Big Ten Accolades
- Robinson in Nation's Top Five; Nittany Lions in the Stat Rankings
- McGloin Makes NFL Debut
Former Nittany Lion Matt McGloin made his NFL debut on Sunday afternoon for the Oakland Raiders. McGloin entered the game during the fourth quarter during Oakland's 49-20 loss to Philadelphia. The Scranton native finished 7-for-15 for 87 yards, and he led a 71-yard touchdown drive. McGloin's story is a remarkable one. His NFL debut speaks volumes about his work ethic and determination. Congratulations to a former Nittany Lion who went from zero scholarship offers to playing on Sunday.
- Minnesota Results
Junior running back David Cobb headlines a rushing attack that ranks fourth in the Big Ten at 221.1 yards per game. Cobb has rushed for 803 yards in 2013. The Nittany Lions and Gophers will play for the first time since 2010. Penn State holds an 8-4 on-field mark against Minnesota. The Lions will play their second game in TCF Bank Stadium.