The weather didn't exactly cooperate, but Penn State got in one half of football Saturday in the Blue-White Game before heading to the locker room. The Blue team prevailed 10-0 behind a Matt McGloin touchdown pass to Brandon Moseby-Felder.
Here's a quick snapshot of the game:
Quotable: "That's a press game, politics, that's not my game. We'll play the guy that we think is the best guy." -- coach Joe Paterno, on his quarterback situation.
The most interesting tidbits regarding Penn State's quarterback situation came before or after the game, not during it. Paterno said before the game that he's "99 percent sure" the starter will be Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin, both of whom have elevated their play this spring. Bolden didn't show his cards when asked about his future plans, saying, "I love it here. The students are great. The campus is great. I love it all. But obviously, there's some things I feel should be different." He added that he received "a fair shot" in the competition this spring. Paterno said he'll meet with Bolden this week. As for the game, McGloin completed 5 of 10 passes for 109 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Bolden went 0-for-5 with an interception. Kevin Newsome completed 3 of 7 passes for 22 yards, and Paul Jones failed to connect on his only attempt.
Defensive standouts included sophomore linebacker Khairi Fortt, who led the White team with five tackles and forced a Stephfon Green fumble. Redshirt freshman linebacker Mike Hull had four tackles and a forced fumble, sophomore cornerback Mike Wallace had an interception and freshman defensive end Kyle Baublitz had two "sacks" and four total tackles.
It wasn't a great performance for the running backs, as Green and Brandon Beachum both lost fumbles and Silas Redd gained only 24 yards on nine carries. Beachum, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, had a strong spring overall and should be a factor in the run game this season. "I feel like I'm back to my old self," Beachum told The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.