UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On a day when records were broken, for better or worse, Penn State scored its highest point total of the season in a 45-22 victory against Indiana.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson became Penn State's single-season leader in receptions, and quarterback Matt McGloin did in passing yards, surpassing 3,000 for the season. It was as positive a sign of Penn State's new Bill O'Brien era as you could want.
But then there was the other record. The announced attendance was 90,358, the lowest of the season for Penn State and the lowest since the 2001 Beaver Stadium expansion.
In front of this quieter, smaller crowd, Penn State came out in a funk but quickly recovered because of Robinson. He finished the first half with three touchdown receptions, all the more impressive considering how he got them.
His first one came when he jumped and reached over an Indiana defender, giving Penn State a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, he scored on a 53-yard reception, spinning around a defender and breaking into the open. His third touchdown reception came when he caught the ball despite being tugged at by a defender who was called for pass interference. That gave Penn State a 21-13 lead.
Zach Zwinak scored on a late second quarter touchdown to make it 28-13 at half. The Nittany Lions struggled early in the third quarter, allowing Indiana to make it 28-22, but scored on a Zwinak and Mike Zordich rush to take a 42-22 lead at the end of the third. An Adrian Amos interception helped redeem a nearly disastrous performance by the secondary, which had given up 388 yards by the midway point of the fourth quarter.
Everything was played under a pall, though. Linebacker Mike Mauti, the team's primary leader, left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury and did not return to play. He was back late in the second half on crutches on the sideline.
Mark Dent: email@example.com, Twitter @mdent05 First Published November 17, 2012 8:45 PM