Northwestern-Penn State Preview Capsule

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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Penn State: OLBs Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti. Northwestern's spread offense forces defenders to make open-field stops in space. The athletic Hodges and the fiery, heady Mauti are two of the top linebackers in the Big Ten and play nearly every down. They'll be counted on to keep up with Colter and again spark Penn State's opportunistic defense (11 turnovers).

FACTS & FIGURES

The unstoppable force meets the immovable object: Northwestern leads the Big Ten in red zone offense with a 92 percent conversion rate (13 touchdowns); Penn State leads the league in red zone defense (61 percent, six touchdowns). ... The Wildcats had a school-record 704 yards of total offense last week against the Hoosiers. ... Northwestern had first-half leads over Penn State in the teams' previous three meetings before being turned away late by the NIittany Lions. ... Penn State has outscored opponents 49-0 in the first quarter this season and 76-9 in the first half. ... QB Matt McGloin leads the Big Ten in passing (243 yards per game). He's also scored on four quarterback sneaks to lead the team in rushing touchdowns.