November 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM
Two of Penn State's top offensive weapons etched their names in the record books Saturday.
Matt McGloin and Allen Robinson each had incredibly productive afternoons and set some school records in the process.
Robinson — who had 197 yards on 10 catches and three touchdowns against Indiana — now has 73 grabs on the season. He entered the game tied with Bobby Engram and O.J. McDuffie for the most receptions in a single Penn State campaign and broke the record of 63 with ease.
Meanwhile, McGloin threw for 395 yards and four touchdowns. In the process, the fifth-year senior became Penn State's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, breaking Daryll Clark's previous record of 43 and the Scranton native also now holds the Penn State record for passing yards in a season, as he has 3,066 yards in 11 games.
"I'm truly blessed to be considered amongst the great Penn State quarterbacks that have played here. And to be on top of the list on some of those things is a great honor. It feels good when your hard work pays off, and I wouldn't be able to do it without my teammates and the coaching staff, they've really brought me a long way, a lot of credit goes to them," McGloin said.
Both McGloin and Robinson have come a long way this season. McGloin is a former walk-on, and Robinson, a sophomore, had three career grabs entering the 2012 season.
"I mean this guy is an excellent athlete," coach Bill O'Brien said of Robinson. "That translates well to the football field, he's got good hand eye coordination, he can jump. He's got the ability to lower his weight and change direction on routes. He has just done a really nice job on staying in the development under [wide receivers coach] Stan Hixon."
O'Brien also had good things to say about McGloin, as he said the signal caller has grasped his offensive system well.
"You have to have a brain that can work fast, you have to be competitive, you have to have a huge desire to win and he has that," O'Brien said. "He continued to work at it, he worked on mechanically his footwork, his accuracy."
All three of Robinson's touchdowns were highlight reel plays. The wideout had to do a lot of work on his own on his second score, as he took a slip screen 53 yards to the endzone.
On the other two plays, Robinson made great catches as he went over a defender on the first and was interfered with in the on the second, but was still able to make a play.
For the season, Robinson has 978 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with his 73 grabs. McGloin said there's no doubt he's the Nittany Lions best playmaker.
"As a quarterback, you have to get the ball in his hands, put the ball up and let him make his plays," McGloin said. "He played one of the best games of his career today and hopefully he'll finish strong next week. He's going to be one of the best wideouts, probably in the nation, come next year."