Did Mike McQueary throw a touchdown to cover Penn State game he bet on?

ESPN The Magazine’s latest issue contains an extensive profile on Mike McQueary, the former Penn State assistant turned whistleblower. The piece explores several dark aspects of McQueary’s past, including questions about a potential gambling habit during his playing days for the Nittany Lions.

Inevitably, reporters dug into all the former quarterback’s game footage and something came up. While playing in relief for starter Wally Richardson¬†against Rutgers in 1995, McQueary threw a 42-yard touchdown pass with roughly a minute left. The play pushed the score to¬†59-34, and covered the 20-point spread.

After the game, Doug Graber accused JoePa of running up the score. In his post-game interview, Paterno stated that McQueary was only supposed to throw for a first down, but connected on the bomb because his receiver sprung free.

Below is footage of the play and midfield meeting of the coaches.

In the lead up to more trials regarding the Sandusky scandal, and in the wake of this latest profile of McQueary, you can expect further exploration into his seemingly checkered past.

For an in-depth analysis of the questionable play, check out this excellent article at Betting Talk.

[The Big Lead]