NOTEBOOK: Team Deserves Packed House in Final Home Games

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the first time since 2008, the Nittany Lions will finish off the regular season with back-to-back home games in Beaver Stadium.

Beginning with Saturday's noon kick against Indiana, the team needs the Nittany Lion faithful filling the stadium.  No team in the school's history went to greater lengths to stick with Penn State than this group.

8303967.jpeg"Even though this is not an undefeated team, this is a very special team of kids," O'Brien said.  "We need the fans of Penn State to stick with us.  This football team stuck with Penn State, and we need the fans of Penn State to stick with us at the Indiana game and at the Wisconsin game."

The special senior class will have the opportunity to put the Penn State uniform on two more times for a total of eight quarters inside Beaver Stadium.  The group deserves a warm reception during the next two Saturdays.

"It's definitely exciting for the seniors to finish off their careers with two home games," quarterback Matt McGloin said.

Despite coming up just short in the final road game last Saturday, the Nittany Lions will return to work on Monday with the same mindset they have all season.  Penn State will correct its mistakes from the Nebraska game by watching the film and begin installing the gameplan for Saturday's Leaders Division clash with Indiana.

"We've gotten to this point in the season playing hard," O'Brien said.  "We've got to correct it and coach it better, and we have to play better next weekend."

The Nittany Lions and Hoosiers will collide Saturday at noon on BTN.

"We are excited to go back home for the last two games of the season to be with the fans in Beaver Stadium," offensive guard John Urschel said.

Robinson Ties Record
With six receptions for 97 yards against Nebraska, sophomore Allen Robinson equaled the single season reception record.  The rising sophomore wide receiver is now level with O.J. McDuffie (1992) and Bobby Engram (1995) at 63 receptions.  Robinson is currently leading the Big Ten in receptions per game (6.3), receiving yards per game (78.6) and receptions (63).  Robinson has tallied at least five receptions in nine of Penn State's 10 games this season.

Game-by-Game (Rec-Yds)
Ohio - 9-97
Virginia - 10-89
Navy - 5-136
Temple - 5-82
Illinois - 3-35
Northwestern - 9-85
Iowa - 6-39
Ohio State - 5-68
Purdue - 5-58
Nebraska - 6-97

Mauti and Hodges Closing in on Century Mark
Linebacker U's Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges are both within 10 tackles of reaching 100 stops on the season.  Mauti enters the Indiana game with 93 tackles, while Hodges has 90 hits on the season.  Penn State has not had two 100-plus tacklers in a season since Dan Connor (145) and Sean Lee (138) topped the century mark in 2007.  Mauti and Hodges have each made at least 10 tackles in four different games this season.

Senior Day Kick Time Set
The Nov. 24 Senior Day game against Wisconsin will be a memorable day in Penn State Football history.  The 2012 senior class will go down as one of the greatest groups in program history for what they it has endured during its time on campus.  The season finale will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.  With the Wisconsin TV announcement, every Penn State game has been on TV since 2004.


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