WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.
With little more to play for than pride, Penn State continued its surprisingly successful season on Saturday.
Matt McGloin passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns to help the Nittany Lions defeat Purdue 34-9.
Penn State can’t play in the postseason, the result of NCAA sanctions connected to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Still, the Nittany Lions dominated a Purdue team that was in desperate need of a win.
“We’re playing for our team,” said sophomore Zach Zwinak, who rushed for 134 yards. “We don’t have much else but each other. The seniors, they only have three games left. We play for each other. That’s why we continue to push and fight together.”
Penn State had won five straight games before losing 35-23 to Ohio State last week. The Nittany Lions were able to quickly refocus for Purdue.
“We see teams come off a big game and let it linger on them,” Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said. “You have to bury those losses, and that’s what we did.”
Brandon Moseby-Felder had six catches for 129 yards and Cardinal Mooney High graduate Michael Zordich ran for two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten).
McGloin notched his fifth career game with at least 300 yards passing, breaking the school record set by Kerry Collins.
“You just take what they give you, move the chains, do what you do best and just make smart decisions,” he said. “I just try to play within myself, play within the system.”
Caleb TerBush passed for 155 yards and a touchdown and Antavian Edison had nine catches for 93 yards and a score for the Boilermakers (3-6, 0-5), who have lost five straight and now will need to win out to become bowl eligible.
Penn State will hit the road again on Saturday and play at Legends Division leader Nebraska.
“We have to truly focus on the team we’re playing because we need that win,” McGloin said.