McGloin, Offense in Bounce-Back Mode

After a tough second half at Ohio State, Penn State hopes to get back in gear vs. Indiana in Landover, Md., this weekend.

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin says the Nittany Lions are focused on this week's game against Indiana in Landover, Md. Some of his words, however, make it seem the outspoken signal-caller has not recovered from last week's loss to Ohio State.

“It's a tough pill to swallow,” McGloin said. “There's a big circle on the calendar for (Ohio State) next year. If we play four quarters we cannot be beaten.”

After a near-perfect performance in the game's first 30 minutes vs. Ohio State, McGloin bombed in the second half, completing only two of his 12 passes for 21 yards and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

Although McGloin refused to directly point a finger at the coaching staff for the offense's second-half struggles, his message was heard loud and clear.

“Ohio State showed us some new coverages (in the second half) we hadn't seen on the film before,” McGloin said. “I felt we played to win in the first half, but in the second (half) we played not to lose.”

McGloin's favorite target against the Buckeyes was wide receiver Justin Brown, who pulled in five catches for 64 yards and Penn State's first passing touchdown at Ohio Stadium since joining the Big Ten in 1993.

Despite acknowledging how frustrating the loss was, Brown disagreed with McGloin's assessment of the team's second-half attitude.

“I did not think we played 'not to lose,' that's not the kind of team we are,” Brown said. “Our offense will be right back on track vs. Indiana. We already are. We've been practicing hard all week.”

One thing McGloin and Brown could agree on was that Monday's off day came at an extremely opportune time.

"It was more of a day to get our minds back." McGloin said. “The team rested mentally and bounced back with a long practice (on Tuesday).”

Brown added, “it was a good move by (head coach Joe Paterno) not to have practice Monday because at that at this point in the season no one is 100 percent healthy.”

McGloin definitely benefitted from a day away from football as his naysayers had returned.

When it was suggested that the walk-on quarterback's 15 Minutes of Fame had expired, McGloin immediately dismissed that notion.

“I was waiting for people to say that,” McGloin said. “That's something you got to look at and laugh at. There are people out there that want to us lose and do badly … we believe in ourselves as a team.

“I think everyone feels they need to prove themselves,” McGloin added. “Everyone wants to be in that position where they have to prove they're the best. I know we will respond well.”

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