PENNST 7 0 0 9 16
VIRGINIA 0 3 7 7 17
Date of game: 9/8/2012

Recap: Virginia vs. Penn State

Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - Michael Rocco threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns, as the Virginia Cavaliers rallied for a 17-16 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions at Scott Stadium.

Jake McGee finished with 99 yards and a touchdown on four catches for the Cavaliers (2-0), including a clutch grab that kept the game-winning drive alive.

Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions (0-2) coughed up another second-half lead to remain winless under first-year head coach Bill O'Brien. Matt McGloin threw for 197 yards and two scores. Ten of his completions went to Allen Robinson, who finished with 89 yards and a TD.

Penn State marched 75 yards in 17 plays on its opening drive, chewing up nearly six and a half minutes off the game clock. The drive resulted in an eight-yard touchdown pass from McGloin to Kyle Carter.

Neither team would score again until the 3:56 mark of the second quarter, when Drew Jarrett got UVA on the board with a 46-yard field goal.

The Cavaliers took a 10-7 lead with 9:22 remaining in the third quarter, as Rocco capped an 11-play, 77-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Mathis.

The Nittany Lions reclaimed the lead with 13:10 to play in the final frame on McGloin's 30-yard scoring strike to Robinson. However, the extra point was blocked.

PSU's defense came up with a big takeaway on the ensuing possession, as Deion Barnes notched a sack and jarred the football loose. Teammate Michael Mauti recovered it at the Virginia 17, setting up an eventual 32-yard field goal by Sam Ficken to make it a 16-10 game with 10:55 remaining.

However, Virginia would later regain control with a 12-play, 86-yard drive that took more than six and a half minutes off the clock. Rocco punctuated the drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to McGee on 3rd-and-goal, giving the Cavs a 17-16 lead with 1:28 to play. Those two kept the drive alive with a 44-yard completion on 3rd-and-16 from the Cavs' own 22-yard line.

PSU had one final possession beginning at its own 27-yard line. McGloin drove the offense down to the UVA 25, setting up Ficken with a 42-yard game-winning field goal attempt. However, Ficken's kick sailed wide left as time expired, his fourth missed field goal of the day.

Missed opportunities played a major role in the Nittany Lions' loss. PSU's defense forced four turnovers in Virginia territory but came away with only three points off those takeaways.

Game Notes

Oklahoma's Mixon reaches plea deal

Joe Mixon's brush with the law has come full circle, as the Oklahoma Sooners freshman has avoided trial after being charged with an "act resulting in gross injury" three months ago.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Newman a big surprise in the Chase

Ryan Newman is making a Cinderella run in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, hoping to become one of the four drivers contending for the title in the Nov. 16 season finale at Homestead.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.