The Nittany Lions have been road warriors in the Big Ten this season, sporting a 3-0 mark in conference away games with an average final score of 36-10.
A crowd of 86,000-plus is expected to fill Memorial Stadium when Penn State comes calling, and Nittany Lion quarterback Matt McGloin is anxious for the challenge.
“There's no better feeling than going on the road, getting up early and just completely taking a stadium out of the game,” the Big Ten's leading passer said. “It's exciting to see, it's fun to be around. That's one of the things we would like to do Saturday -- go to Nebraska and eliminate the crowd as quickly as possible.”
A fifth-year senior, McGloin has been around the Big Ten. But with Nebraska joining the conference last season -- and the two former intersectional rivals having not squared off in Lincoln since 2003 -- this will be his first trip to Memorial Stadium.
“It's a different stadium,” McGloin said. “You don't know what to expect because you've never been there before. But it'll be a good atmosphere for college football. Like we always do for away games, we'll practice with the music blasting so we can work on our communications and things like that.”
The Nittany Lions have heard some crazy things while on the road this year, most of them stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But McGloin expects a more civil tone from Nebraska fans.
The Cornhuskers were Penn State's first opponent after the scandal broke (and former coach Joe Paterno was fired) last November, and the teams shared a special moment when they met at midfield for handshakes and a prayer before the game at Beaver Stadium.
“I know they're respectful fans and they're good fans,” McGloin said. “They cheer for their team. They support their team and they give respect to us. That's all we can ask for -- to go out there and be respected and have a good game on Saturday. It's definitely gonna be loud. It's definitely gonna be emotional. But if we stay focused, communicate with one another and block everything out, hopefully it'll be a good day.”