Freshman Rob Bolden started at quarterback for Penn State Saturday against Northwestern as Joe Paterno tries for his 400th career win.
Bolden entered the game for the Nittany Lions’ first possession after the Wildcats drove 74 yards in seven plays, scoring on a 6-yard run by quarterback Dan Persa to put Penn State in an early 7-0 hole.
Bolden, who started the Nittany Lions’ first seven games, suffered concussion-like symptoms in the second quarter of the game against Minnesota two weeks ago. He sat out last week’s Michigan contest as a precaution.
Coach Joe Paterno said the competition for the starting job was open at this week’s practice. Bolden and redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin received a relatively equal amount of snaps early in the week, but Bolden was said to have gotten more later.
McGloin came on after Bolden was injured and threw a pair of touchdown passes in the win over Minnesota. Last week, he passed for 250 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another score, in the 41-31 victory over Michigan.