Three Stars: Penn State

The first star of the game was Da'Jon McKnight. McKnight is a player who has become one of the Gophers' most dominant players over the past few weeks. On Saturday he had eight receptions for 103 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. McKnight has become a favorite target of Adam Weber and is a serious downfield threat...

Adam Weber said of McKnight, "Some of the catches he makes with his athletic ability he's one of the best receivers in the Big Ten. And I think today he showed that with his performance."

The second best player in the game was Penn State wideout Derek Moye. Moye, like McKnight had a great game stretching the defense downfield. He had just three catches but he had 81 receiving yards and two scores. One of the most significant plays of the game came in the second quarter after an Adam Weber interception.

On the very next play Moye streaked past the secondary and caught a 42-yard bomb from Matt McGloin. This play put the Nittany Lions up two touchdowns which gave them the cushion they needed to withstand the Gophers in the second half.

The last star of the game was Gophers' running back DeLeon Eskridge. Eskridge continually gashed the Penn State defense for solid runs. He ended the day with 111 yards on 26 carries for a very productive rushing day by Eskridge and the Gophers.

After the game Eskridge said of his performance, "I just wanted to run hard." He went on to say, "The o-line, they blocked real good, there was holes open. So that's my job. If they get something open, I got to hit it. When they did it, I just tried to take advantage of it." Eskridge ran with purpose and hit the holes hard on his way to a very productive game.

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