It was fitting that a quarterback and wide receiver who have had such a strong connection all season long would both reach milestones on the same day. Matt McGloin and his number one target, Allen Robinson, both set Penn State records in today’s game against the Indiana Hoosiers, treating those that stayed for the game to an explosive offensive performance in a 45-22 Penn State victory.
Just a year ago, fans were calling for Matt McGloin’s head as his struggles as a passer continued through his junior season. Fast forward to 2012, and with the guidance of Bill O’Brien, McGloin is now having what might very well be the best season for a Nittany Lion quarterback ever.
McGloin was 22 for 32 in the game, throwing for 397 yards and four touchdowns — both career highs. He set school records for completions in a season, yards in a season, and career passing touchdowns. The guy on the receiving end of three of the touchdowns he threw on Saturday – all of which came in the first half – was Robinson, who now holds the Penn State mark for most receptions in a season after totaling 10 catches on a 197-yard day.
“He’s at his best right now,” McGloin said of Robinson. “Hopefully, he can finish on a high note. As a quarterback, you have to love playing with him and knowing that he’s going to make some plays for you. You love to have a guy where you can just throw the ball up there and let him make a play.”
Robinson had just three catches last season, but his 73 this year now stands alone as the most in Penn State history. McGloin’s name is in the record books for his 251 completions and 3,071 yards this year, as well as his 45 career touchdown passes.
But do not count McGloin out for the single-season touchdown record and the career yardage record just yet, as he is second in both of those categories and could pull ahead with a strong game against Wisconsin next Saturday with the help of his star receiver, Robinson.
“It doesn’t seem like [training camp]is that long, but it isn’t really hard to build a connection with a quarterback,” Robinson said of him and McGloin. “Its all about repetition and him knowing where I’ll be when he makes a throw. There’s not a science going into us forming chemistry.”
McGloin and Robinson have had an electric connection on the field all year long, and they both attribute it to time spent together during spring and summer football, where they were able to get on the same page.
Who knows if they ever would have etched their names forever in the Penn State record books without each other?