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PSU-Indiana highlights, lowlights

November 18, 2012
By Neil Rudel ( , The Altoona Mirror

UNIVERSITY PARK - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 45-22 victory over Indiana on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium:

Play of the game: There was no single play that turned the tide, but the one most focused on came with nine minutes left in the first quarter when Penn State senior linebacker and emotional leader Michael Mauti suffered an injury to his left knee on what appeared to be an illegal chop block that was not penalized. Mauti was taken off the field on a cart, the likely end of a career that included two previous knee injuries.

Offensive player of the game: Nittany Lion receiver Allen Robinson caught 10 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensive player of the game: Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges made a game-high 12 tackles, including one for loss, and an interception. He also broke up a pass.

Most telling statistic: The Lions' defense allowed Indiana to convert just 3-of-17 third downs.

Hidden statistic: Matt McGloin averaged 18.0 yards per completion, a season-high.

Best run: Michael Zordich busted a 23-yarder late in the second quarter to the Indiana 15, setting up the touchdown that gave PSU some breathing room at 21-13.

Best pass: McGloin had several, but his fourth-and-9 rifled slant to Brandon Moseby-Felder gained 12 yards to the Indiana 21 and kept alive a key possession which the Lions turned into a 35-22 third-quarter lead.

Worst pass: Facing second-and-6 at the PSU 30, with the game scoreless, Indiana center Will Matte sailed the shotgun snap over QB's Cameron Coffman's head, resulting in a 20-yard loss.

Best catch(es): There were several. Robinson outjumped Indiana corner Brian Williams for a 26-touchdown, on fourth-and-3, that opened the scoring; Hodges deserves credit for his leaping deflection/pick in the second quarter; IU's Cody Latimer made a nifty 18-yard snag late in the game.

Catch it, will ya: Robinson dropped one in the fourth quarter. Indiana's Shane Wynn dropped a catchable ball over the middle in the third quarter, muting a Hoosier possession.

Hold it, won't ya: Zack Zwinak fumbled twice, which helped Indiana to stay in the game.

Best block: Robinson decked Hoosier safety Mark Murphy on a crackback to help spring Zordich's 27-yard screen in the first quarter.

Best tackle(s): Hodges broke through to dump Wynn for a 2-yard loss, stopping the Hoosiers' momentum and forcing a field goal that cut PSU's lead to 28-22. Indiana safety Greg Heban tripped up Zwinak after an 18-yard gain, saving a touchdown in the first quarter.

Best hit: PSU backup safety Ryan Keiser drilled IU receiver Kofi Hughes in the fourth quarter.

Best kick: Alex Butterworth's 52-yard punt-and-roll pinned IU at its 2 in the first quarter.

Worst kick: Indiana's Mitch Ewald missed an extra point after the Hoosiers cut the PSU lead to 28-19 in the third quarter. It was the first miss of Ewald's career after 100 straight PATs.

Best call: Credit the Hoosiers for their onside kick, which Ewald recovered, after their touchdown pulled IU within 28-19 early in the third quarter.

Worst call: Didn't see one.

Best effort: Mike Hull replaced Mauti and contributed 11 tackles, including 1.5 for losses.

Unsung hero(es): All the students who hung around, despite Thanksgiving break beginning Friday. Attendance was listed at 90,358 but the student section was reasonably full.

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