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CBS scores interview with Penn State's Mike McQueary

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A day after NBC touted having the first interview with the embattled ex-Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky, CBS is now crowing that it snagged the first interview with Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who is a key witness in the sex abuse scandal.

The interview by correspondent Armen Keteyian will air during tonight’s installment of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. According to an early transcript, McQueary tells the reporter that his emotions are “all over the place, just kind of shaken” and goes on to compare them to a “snow globe.” If there are juicier quotes, CBS isn’t releasing them in hopes that viewers will tune into tonight’s news telecast that typically trails NBC and ABC.

McQueary is on administrative leave from Penn State after a grand jury investigation revealed that he witnessed Sandusky raping a boy in March of 2002 and didn’t do anything to stop it. Recently, McQueary reportedly emailed former teammates and said, “I did the right thing … you guys know me.”

NBC’s interview with Sandusky, which was conducted via the phone by Bob Costas, boosted ratings on Rock Center with Brian Williams by 30% on Monday. The newsmagazine earned a 1.3 rating/3 share and 4.4 million viewers.