UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The Nittany Lions close out the non-conference season on Saturday with a 3:30
p.m. clash against in-state rival Temple in Beaver Stadium.
With three games in the books, let's take a look through some of the stats and
rankings as Penn State begins its second quarter of the 2012 season.
- Penn State leads the Big Ten in turnover margin, thanks to back-to-back superb defensive games. The Nittany Lions have forced eight turnovers in the past two games. Offensively the Lions have played two-straight turnover-free games. Penn State is +5 in turnover margin for the season (+1.67 per game). The Lions are also tied for 11th nationally in turnover margin.
- The Nittany Lions rank second in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed. Through three games, Penn State has allowed just three sacks. Michigan leads the conference with two sacks allowed.
- Allen Robinson is off to a stellar start to his sophomore season for the Nittany Lions. Robinson leads the Big Ten in receptions per game (8.0) and receiving yards per game (107.3). Additionally, the Michigan native ranks 10th in the NCAA in receiving yards and is tied for 10th in the NCAA in receptions per game.
- Senior linebacker Michael Mauti is also off to a superb start to the 2012 campaign. Mauti tallied 12 tackles against Navy, giving him 33 for the season. He currently ranks third in the conference in tackling with 11.0 tackles per contest. For his efforts on Saturday, Mauti was named Big Ten Player of the Week.
- Redshirt freshman defensive end Deion Barnes has three sacks this season, which is tied for the second most in the Big Ten. Barnes is also tied for first in the Big Ten with two forced fumbles in 2012. The athletic defensive end notched a sack-fumble on Saturday against Navy to go along with five tackles. For his efforts against Navy, Barnes was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week.
- Senior quarterback Matt McGloin is first among Big Ten quarterbacks with eight touchdowns through three games. McGloin ranks fourth in the Big Ten in passing at 229.3 yards per game.
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