Matt Mcgloin Penn State Fight, Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin admitted that Saturday’s fight with wide receiver Curtis Drake was his fault, and that he wanted to play for the team in the TicketCity Bowl. McGloin confirmed he suffered a seizure and a concussion as a result of hitting his head during the scuffle.
“I was knocked out no more than ten seconds,” McGloin said. The two players had argued over a route from practice and the tensions boiled over in to the locker room following practice. “I’m going to take responsibility for it. It was immature. I should have walked away,” McGloin added.
McGloin is ready to move on. “We wouldn’t be talking about it if I didn’t hit my head,” he said. That may not be necessarily true, although the injury certainly escalates the importance of the situation, and given the recent negative headlines surrounding Penn State this story may have received more attention as a result as well. McGloin will have to pass a series of concussion tests before the January 2 bowl to be allowed to play in the game.
As for the game itself, a number of players expressed their excitement for the game.
“We’re excited to play in Dallas in the Cotton Bowl,” said senior linebacker Nate Stupar. Getting away from State College and focusing on one final game will be the final chapter of what has been a maligned 2011 season, through no fault of the players on the roster.
“We’re going to give everything we have,” said fullback Michael Zordich. “We’re playing for each other.” The road to the TicketCity Bowl has been overshadowed by separate trials linked to the university and the ongoing coaching search. Sophomore running back Silas Redd said that the team is not concerned about it right now but said they do want a decision to be made as quickly as possible. Redd also affirmed he has no intent to transfer following the bowl game.
“We’re focused on going into Dallas and beating Houston,” said Redd.
Chima Okoli was a bit more forward with his opinions on the coaching search. “They’re killing the program by dragging this out.”
“Houston’s a great team,” fullback Joe Suhey said. “I’m excited to go down to Dallas and play my final game. This couldn’t be a better matchup for us to play a 12-1 team.”
The offense of Houston has certainly caught the eye of the entire Penn State team, and both sides of the team can play a role in the game plan to limit Houston and quarterback Case Keenum. “It’s important to keep Houston’s offense off the field,” said Redd. For the offense, the job will be to maintain control of the football and limit the time Keenum and the nation’s top-ranked offense spends on the football field.
“Houston’s offense is fast paced,” wide receiver Derek Moye noted. “The best thing we can do is score touchdowns and help our defense by keeping them off the field.”
Stupar commented on Keenum, saying that he is very talented. “This will probably be our biggest challenge,” said Stupar.
“Playing a team like Houston is a good thing,” said Moye. “You want to prove you can play against tough competition.”
Penn State faces Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on January 2, 2012 in the first bowl game on the schedule for the day. Penn State players will return home on Wednesday and will return on December 26. The coaching staff will work through Thursday and return on the same day. The team will then make their trip down to Dallas and practice nearby leading up to the bowl game.