(WSCR) – It was beginning to look like Penn State’s Joe Paterno wouldn’t get his 400th win from Northwestern until the second half. After half time, the Nittany Lions came back from their 21-7 deficit and kept the Wildcats from scoring again. Penn State won the game 35-21.


AP Sports Writer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Joe Paterno has become the first major college coach to win 400 career game after Penn State rallied from a three-touchdown deficit Saturday to defeat Northwestern 35-21.

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin threw for four touchdowns and the Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) shut down dangerous Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa in the second half to get the 83-year-old Paterno his latest milestone.

Only two other coaches have more wins. Eddie Robinson had 408 with FCS school Grambling State, while John Galgiardi had 476 entering the weekend with Division III St. John’s, Minn.

Persa ran for two scores and threw for another to build a 21-0 lead for Northwestern (6-3, 2-3).

But McGloin rallied the offense, and Silas Redd put Penn State ahead for good with a 4-yard touchdown run for a 28-21 lead in the third quarter.

Updated November 6, 2010

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