Penn State rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second quarter to beat Northwestern 35-21 and give head coach Joe Paterno his 400th career win Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
Paterno, 400-132-3 in his career, becomes the first FBS/Division I coach to reach 400 career wins. John Gagliardi of Division III St. John's (Minn.) has 476 wins and the late Eddie Robinson had 408 at Grambling, which is an FCS member,
The Nittany Lions trailed 21-0 in the second quarter, but got a late touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to Brett Brackett to cut the deficit and give Penn State momentum heading into the second half.
Northwestern quarterback Mike Persa played a great first half, running for two scores and throwing for another. Persa had the Penn State defense on it heels for the first two quarters. Penn State, however, shut down Persa in the second half and dominated with 21 points in the third quarter.
McGloin, who replaced starter Rob Bolden early in the game after Bolden fumbled, was 18 of 29 for 225 and four touchdowns. Penn State's Evan Royster ran for 134 yards and true freshman Silas Redd ran for 131 yards and his first career touchdown.
Penn State's offense, which didn't look very good through the first six games of the season, has been much better over the last three games and racked up 528 yards today.