NOTEBOOK - Nittany Lions Begin Prepping for Nebraska

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions return to the practice field on Monday evening to kickoff on-field preparations for Saturday's road trip to No. 16 Nebraska.

Penn State used stifling defense and 506 offensive yards to roll past Purdue on Saturday.  Now, with three games left to play let's take a look at some news and notes for Monday of Nebraska week.

8274870.jpegBig Ten Road Warriors
Following Saturday's victory at Purdue, Penn State is 3-0 in Big Ten road games for the seventh time.  In those three victories (Illinois, Iowa and Purdue), the Nittany Lions out-scored their opposition by a combined 107-30 margin, scoring 35, 38 and 34 points, respectively.  Penn State has posted an undefeated Big Ten mark just twice since joining the conference - 1994 and 2009.

Strong Defense vs. High-Powered Offense
Saturday's showdown in Memorial Stadium will pit one of the Big Ten's best offenses against one of its best defenses.  Nebraska is the Big Ten's second-best scoring offense (38.0 points per game).  The Nittany Lions rank third in the Big Ten in scoring defense (17.1 points per game).  The Huskers enter the game as the conference's top total offense, averaging 487.3 yards per contest.  The Nittany Lions are allowing just 334.6 yards per game.

In the Record Books
Senior quarterback Matt McGloin passed Kerry Collins for the most 300-yard passing games in a career with a 321-yard outing at Purdue.  In the single season record book, McGloin is now third in completions (211), fourth in attempts (340), sixth in passing yardage (2,436) and tied for eighth in touchdown passes (18).  On the career passing list, McGloin is third in completions (454), fourth in passing yardage (5,555), fifth in passing touchdowns (40) and passing attempts (788).  The senior would need to average 190 yards in the last three games to break the single season passing record.  Sophomore Allen Robinson has made 57 catches this season.  Robinson is now just seven catches away from the single season receptions record set by O.J. McDuffie and Bobby Engram (63).

Leading the Turnover Battle
The Nittany Lions are leading the Big Ten in turnover margin through nine games (+1.00).  The Lions have gained 17 turnovers (10 fumbles and seven interceptions) and lost eight turnovers (five fumbles and three interceptions).  Nebraska ranks 12th in turnover margin at -1.00.  The Huskers have lost 23 turnovers (14 fumbles and nine interceptions).

McGloin Red-Hot in Last Seven
Consistent quarterback play and superb defense are two big reasons why the Lions are heading into Nebraska with a 6-1 mark in their last seven games.  McGloin has been tremendous during the last seven games.  During that span, the West Scranton native has completed 64.2 percent of his passes, averaged 282.7 passing yards per game with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions (145.3 rating).  He has also rushed for five touchdowns.

Indiana Kick Time
The Big Ten announced on Monday that the Nov. 17 game against Indiana at Beaver Stadium will kick at 12 p.m. with television coverage from BTN.  It will mark Penn State's second appearance on the BTN in 2012.  The Lions' 38-14 victory at Iowa also aired on BTN.  The kick time and television plans for the Wisconsin game will likely be announced next Monday.


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