Penn State defeated Indiana on the gridiron for the 16th
time in 16 tries thanks in large part to outstanding performances by Matt
McGloin and Allen Robinson. Unfortunately, their huge afternoon was marred by an
injury to the heart and soul of the football team.
Senior linebacker Michael Mauti went down with a
serious-looking knee injury in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Beaver
Stadium, and had to be carried off the field on a cart. Mauti was engaged with a
Hoosier lineman during a run when another IU player went low and rolled into
his left leg, causing the knee to bend awkwardly. While it did not necessarily
appear to be intentional or done with malice, the incident looked an awful lot
like an illegal chop block, though no flag was thrown.
The unquestioned leader of the Nittany Lions, you can’t help
but feel a little sorry for Mauti, who played a huge role in holding the team
together during what has been a very tumultuous period to say the least. Now he’ll
likely miss the final game of his collegiate career versus Wisconsin next week.
Depending on the severity of the injury, it could impact his
status for the NFL Draft in April as well, where he could potentially be an early-round pick. Mauti has already torn the ACL in each knee once, and while
we don’t want to infer that’s what happened here, it certainly didn’t look or sound
Penn State went on to win the game by a final of 45-22, with
McGloin and Robinson both posting huge numbers. McGloin was 22 of 32 passing
for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those scores were to Robinson, who
reached paydirt on plays of 26, 53, and 10 yards. Robinson was dominant,
finishing with 10 catches for 197 yards. Zach Zwinek had a big day as well,
finishing with 133 yards and a TD.
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