Things started out slow when Penn State was scored on for the first time in the first quarter when Sam McCartney converted a 21-yard field goal 9 minutes into the game. After that however, the Nittany Lions offense started to hit on all cylinders.
Three minutes after a Sam Ficken field goal, running back Michael Zordich scored his first of two touchdowns on a six yard run. Ficken added another field goal late in the 2nd quarter, and Zordich found the endzone once again two minutes later.
It was clear that the Boilermakers were focusing their attention on explosive receiver Allen Robinson all game, which led to many targets being consistently open. Quarterback Matt McGloin, who finished the game with 321 yards passing and 2 TDs, found Junior Brandon Moseby-Felder six times for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Quarterback Caleb TerBush was shut down all game by the Nittany Lions stingy defense, only completing 10 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown pass on the last play of the game. The Nittany Lions defense are ranked 20th in the nation in Points Against (18.1), and are led by Butkis Award semifinalists Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti.
With this win, Penn State (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten) will travel to #20 Nebraska in a must win game next week. With Ohio State still having to play Wisconsin and Michigan, Penn State still has a chance to win the Big Ten Leaders division if they can win out.
Purdue (3-6, 0-5 Big Ten) have now dropped their 5th consecutive game and will need to win out against Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to become bowl eligible.