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Penn State closing the gap on the ground

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Overshadowed in the first half was the fact that Penn State ran the football pretty well.

Senior Evan Royster carried over the momentum from his 150-yard performance against Michigan and ran extremely hard for 49 yards, while freshman Silas Redd nearly broke free several times. The Lions had little to show for it, but not anymore.

The run game is very much alive for Penn State, which has closed the gap to seven points following a 14-play, 84-yard drive to open the second half. Royster and Redd both had some big gains against a Northwestern defense that seems to be losing its edge fast. Quarterback Matt McGloin also is gaining confidence and found big Nate Cadogan in the end zone for a 3-yard score.

Northwestern has to be thinking "here we go again" after the Michigan State loss, while Penn State might still pull this one out for Joe Paterno. Wildcats lead 21-14 with nine minutes left in the third quarter.