Penn State In The NFL Recap: Gould Breaks Record, McGloin Throws Two Touchdowns

Penn State has a proud tradition of sending quality players to the National Football League. Here’s how the Nittany Lion alumni fared in the NFL’s season-opening weekend.

Matt McGloin — Oakland Raiders

Where else could we start? For the third season in a row, the former Nittany Lion gunslinger continues to just play his game and beat out what analysts perceive to be more talented quarterbacks for a spot on the Raiders’ roster. After starter Derek Carr left the game with a hand injury in the second quarter, McGloin stepped in for the remainder of the game and performed admirably given the circumstances. He was 23-for-31 passing for 142 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and one fumble. Here’s a clip of both touchdowns:

The Raiders went on to lose the game 33-13 to the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s unknown if Carr will be able to return for next week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, but if he isn’t, it’s likely McGloin will get the start.

Robbie Gould — Chicago Bears

Gould scored 11 points for the Bears in a 31-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was 3-for-3 kicking field goals, including a 50-yarder, and 2-for-2 on extra points. His first field goal of the game gave him the Chicago Bears’ all-time record with 244 career field goals. By the end of the game, that number increased to 246.

Paul Posluszny — Jacksonville Jaguars

Posluszny, a team captain, continues to be a bright spot for Jacksonville. The veteran recorded nine tackles on the day in a 20-9 loss to Carolina, and an interception of Cam Newton — and a subsequent 19-yard return — gave the team’s offense great field position.

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  • Adrian Amos recorded five tackles, one for loss, in the Bears’ 31-23 loss to the Packers. The rookie helped hold league Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers to just 189 yards through the air, and performed well in his first game in the NFL.
  • Jack Crawford recorded one tackle, and Sean Lee had nine tackles in the Dallas Cowboys’ 27-26 comeback win over the New York Giants.
  • Allen Robinson had one catch for 27 yards on six targets for the Jaguars, and defensive lineman Jared Odrick had three tackles.
  • Tamba Hali had 3 tackles for Kansas City, as his Chiefs defeated Bill O’Brien’s Houston Texans 27-20.
  • Cameron Wake had one sack for the Miami Dolphins, but it wasn’t reflected in the stats as it was negated by a defensive penalty on one of Wake’s teammates. He ended up with no recorded statistics, as Miami beat the Washington football team 17-10.
  • Jordan Hill had a fumble recovery and a tackle for the Seattle Seahawks in a 34-31 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams.
  • Chris Hogan had one tackle on special teams, but didn’t see any action on offense in the Buffalo Bills’ 27-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • NaVorro Bowman played in his first action since the 2013 NFC Championship Game, and looked as though he hadn’t missed a snap. Bowman was all over the field for the San Francisco 49ers in a 20-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings, recording seven total tackles, including one for a loss and a big sack on Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. For a guy who wasn’t sure if he’d ever play another down a couple of years ago, Bowman closely resembled his usual self.
  • It was a busy night for Vikings middle linebacker Gerald Hodges, who recorded eight total tackles in the 20-3 loss to the 49ers. The defense as a whole struggled though, allowing former Ohio State star Carlos Hyde to gouge the team for 168 rushing yards and two scores on 26 carries.

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Alex Robinson was Onward State's Acting Managing Editor/Resident Old Man. He lived in Harrisburg almost his whole life, but he says he's from California -- where he was born -- because that's more fun. He loves cats and Chinese food, but only separately. He met both Ben Affleck and Kanye West within a half hour, so the three of them are basically best friends. If you want to hear his #scorching #hot #takes, you can follow him at @ARobinsonPSU or email him at [email protected]

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