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Matt McGloin Leads Raiders to 28-23 Win

The guy who went 1-for-10 with 0 yards in Penn State’s 2011 loss to Alabama is now 1-0 as a starting quarterback in the National Football League.

With usual starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor out with a knee injury, Matt McGloin made his first NFL start. Penn State’s all-time leader in touchdown passes proved the doubters wrong again, going 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) with 197 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 105.9 passer rating on the road against the Houston Texans, who boast the top passing defense in the NFL.

McGloin got off to a fast start, throwing a five yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore early in the first quarter on his first pass of the game.

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Later in the quarter, McGloin found the end zone again. On the first play of his third drive, McGloin connected with Rod Streater, perfectly throwing a 16 yard strike for his second touchdown of the afternoon.

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While it certainly wasn’t an All-Pro performance, McGloin ended the first quarter with a very respectable line — 6-0f-8, 40 yards, and two touchdowns, leading Oakland to an early 14-0 lead.

McGloin had a relatively quiet second quarter, and ended the first half 11-0f-17 with 88 yards and two touchdowns. In the third quarter, McGloin came out firing, and threw his third touchdown of the game halfway through the period, dropping a 26 yard dime right into the arms of tight end Mychal Rivera.

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With that throw, McGloin became the first former undrafted rookie quarterback to throw for three touchdowns in a game since 1987.

While he was unable to find the end zone again and did struggle a bit down the stretch — McGloin went 0-for-5 in the fourth quarter — it was still a jaw dropping performance for everyone’s favorite walk-on. If you told someone in 2011 that McGloin would one day be a starting quarterback in the NFL and pick up his first win against the NFL’s top passing defense, everyone except McGloin himself would probably laugh at you.

Instead, through hard work and determination, Matt McGloin went from walk-on to a victorious starting quarterback in the NFL. Of course, as we all know, nobody celebrates quite like #MOXIE.

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