McGloin-Robinson Connection Runs Wild in PSU Win, but Mauti Takes Cart Ride

McGloin-Robinson Connection Runs Wild in PSU Win, but Mauti Takes Cart Ride




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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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.