Quarterback Matt McGloin is having a career year for the Nittany Lions. It might even turn into a record-setting season if he keeps up his current pace.
The redshirt senior has already set one Penn State record this year. In a 39-28 win over Northwestern, McGloin was 35-of-51 passing. His 35 completions broke Wally Richardson’s record of 33 completions set against Wisconsin in 1995.
McGloin is averaging two passing touchdowns per game this season. His 12 touchdowns put him 12 behind Daryll Clark’s record of 24 touchdown passes in a season which was set in 2009.
Clark’s record for touchdown passes in a career may also be McGloin’s by the end of the season. Clark had 43 touchdown passes as a Nittany Lion. McGloin is nine touchdowns shy of tying that mark. If he continues his average of two passing touchdowns per game, he will set the record at Beaver Stadium against Indiana on November 17th.
So far this season, McGloin has thrown for 1499 yards. His 250 passing yards per game put him on pace to throw for 2,998 yards this season, barely shy of Daryll Clark’s 3003 yards in 2009.
McGloin currently ranks eighth on Penn State’s all-time career passing list with 4,618 yards. He could potentially finish his career ranked second all-time on that list behind only Zack Mills, who accumulated 7,796 yards.
At the midpoint of the season, McGloin has completed 136 passes and already has more completions than he did all last season (125), He averages 22.6 completions a game putting him on pace for 272 completions this season. If he can keep this pace up, he will shatter Anthony Morelli’s record of 234.
McGloin has been a polarizing figure throughout his Nittany Lion career and often a lightning rod for criticism due to his aggressive style and fiery temper, but he is having a fantastic season senior that might soon be one fit for the record books.
The fact that a former walk-on who was not expected to see a meaningful snap by most people when he first came to Penn State is on pace to break all-time school passing records is truly remarkable, and something we should all appreciate as the season progresses.