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Matt McGloin Leads Raiders Touchdown Drive In NFL Debut

Matt McGloin has gone from receiving no Division-I scholarship offers to playing in an NFL game. The former Penn State quarterback saw his first regular season playing time as an Oakland Raider today when starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor went down with an injury late in the game.

Though Raiders were blown out 49-20 by the Eagles, McGloin was solid in his first action as a professional football player. He entered the game early in the middle of the fourth quarter after Pryor was forced out with a knee injury. He completed his first two passes, throwing out of the shotgun to Oakland halfback Rashad Jennings on consecutive plays. On his first drive, McGloin led the Raiders offense from its own 32-yard line down to the Eagles’ 10-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

His second drive was even better. He nearly threw a touchdown pass at one point on a long pass to the end zone, but it was knocked out of his receivers hands by a defensive back. With the offense just past midfield, McGloin connected with receiver Jacoby Ford on a deep ball to bring the offense to the 22-yard line on a 22-yard gain.

Working out of the no huddle, McGloin threw to receiver Juron Criner on the next play for another 20 yards, putting the Raiders two yards short of the end zone. Running back Jeremy Stewart carried it in for the score, depriving McGloin of his first NFL touchdown, but it was still a Moxie-led scoring drive.

He finished the game 7-for-15 with 87 yards. Pryor’s status is unclear as of now, but the mere chance that McGloin could be starting an NFL next Sunday against the New York Giants is incredible.

There are plenty of Eagles fans at Penn State who were happy to see their team win 49-20 and their quarterback throw seven touchdown passes to tie a record, but the best success story in the game just might have been Matt McGloin playing in an NFL football game. Talk about moxie.

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a StateCollege.com reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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