Evan Royster propels Penn State to big lead

October, 30, 2010
10/30/10
9:34
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The wait is over for Evan Royster. He can call himself Penn State's all-time leading rusher. At last.

The senior running back looks like his old self Saturday night against Michigan, and that's a very good thing for Penn State. After taking longer than anyone expected to break Curt Warner's all-time team rushing record, Royster wasted no time in getting the final 31 yards he needed.

Michigan's horrendous defense certainly has helped Royster's cause, but No. 22 looks much more determined and effective than he has been in a while before a raucous crowd at Beaver Stadium. Royster finished the first half with 99 rush yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries -- already the second most carries he has had in a game this season.

Thanks to Royster, and surprisingly strong play from quarterback Matt McGloin (10-for-17 passing, 137 yards, 1 touchdown) in his first career start, Penn State is pounding Michigan 28-10.

The Wolverines didn't get any better on defense after the bye week, and they're regressing on the offensive side of the ball. Rich Rodriguez will really feel the heat if his team doesn't stage a huge second-half turnaround.

Right now, Michigan looks like a sinking ship.

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