Postgame Notes

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Jan. 1, 2010

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Penn State
Capital One Bowl
Post-Game Notes


  • Penn State improved to 27-13-2 (66.7) all-time in bowl games, good for No. 3 in the nation in post-season wins and tied for No. 2 in winning percentage among teams with at least 10 bowl wins, trailing only Utah (12-3, 80.0) and tied with USC (32-16, 66.7).
  • The Nittany Lions are 10-3 in bowl games as members of the Big Ten Conference. Penn State won six of its first seven bowls as Big Ten members, lost in the 2003 Capital One Bowl and has won four of its bowl games over the last five seasons.
  • Penn State recorded its 15th 11-win season under coach Joe Paterno, and the third in the last five years.
  • Penn State earned consecutive 11-win seasons for the first time since 1985-86, having earned the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl berth in 2008, finishing 11-2. The last time the Nittany Lions had consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins was 1993 (10-2) and 1994 (12-0).
  • The Nittany Lions are 51-13 (79.7) since the start of the 2005 season, the nation's No.8 winning percentage entering the bowl season.
  • The 2009 senior class posted a record of 40-12 (76.9) from 2006-09.
  • Penn State has not lost consecutive bowl games since the 1975 Sugar Bowl and the 1976 Gator Bowl.
  • Penn State improved to 10-8-1 in bowl games played in Florida (9-7-1 under Paterno) and is 2-3 in the Capital One Bowl.
  • Penn State improved to 61-12 (83.5) vs. non-conference teams since entering the Big Ten in 1993 and has won 15 of its last 16 non-conference games (lost to USC in 2009 Rose Bowl).
  • Penn State improved to 17-16 vs. current members of the Southeastern Conference (9-5 in bowls).
  • The Big Ten improved to 11-9 in the Capital One Bowl and has won five of the last six games.

Joe Paterno

  • Joe Paterno recorded his all-time record 24th bowl victory. Paterno is also the all-time leader with 36 bowl appearances and is 24-11-1 (68.0) overall in bowl games in his 44th season as head coach at Penn State.
  • Joe Paterno's 68.0 bowl winning percentage is No. 2 all-time to Bobby Bowden (68.2, 22-10-1) among coaches with at least 15 bowl appearances.
  • Joe Paterno improved his FBS all-time record victory total to 394. He is 394-129-3 (75.2) all-time.
  • Joe Paterno improved to 8-4 vs. SEC schools in bowl games, leading Penn State to its second victory over LSU in a bowl game (1974 Orange Bowl).



  • Senior quarterback Daryll Clark finished his Penn State career with a 22-4 record (84.6) as the starter. Clark has the best record for a Nittany Lion multiple-season starting signal-caller since John Shaffer compiled a 23-1 record in 1985 and '86. Kerry Collins (1991-94) and Wally Richardson (1992-96) were 21-5 as the starter.
  • Penn State did not have a turnover for the fifth time in the last seven games of the season.
  • The Nittany Lions had just two penalties for 10 yards.


  • LSU became the 10th team to score 17 points or less vs. Penn State this season.
  • Penn State's defense gave up just three points and 67 yards to LSU in the first half and ends the season having allowed just 64 first half points and five first half touchdowns on the year. Penn State owned a 200-64 scoring advantage in the first half on the year.
  • Penn State's defense has now not allowed a 100-yard rusher in its last 16 games. Penn State allowed LSU just 41 yards rushing and a season-low nine first downs.
  • LSU became the eighth opponent to rush for less than 100 yards vs. the Lions this season.
  • DT Ollie Ogbu forced his fourth career fumble in the third quarter, which was recovered by Sean Lee (6th career) to set up a Penn State field goal.
  • Sophomore DT Devon Still made his first career start.
  • CB A.J. Wallace's second quarter interception was his team-leading third of the season and the sixth of his career.
  • LB Sean Lee posted six tackles and .5 tackles for loss to end his career with 325 tackles (4th all-time) and 29.5 tackles for loss.
  • P Jeremy Boone punted seven times for 295 yards on the day. He ends his career as the all-time career punting average leader with an average of 43.12 eclipsing the record of 43.0 set by George Reynolds (1980-83). Boone also ended the season with an average of 43.3 to tie Ralph Giacomarro (1980) for the second-best season mark ever behind Giacomarro's 43.6 average in 1981.


  • QB Daryll Clark became the first Nittany Lion quarterback to surpass 3,000 yards passing in a season adding to his Penn State single season record with 216 passing yards on the day for 3,003 total on the season. It marked the 14th 200+ yard passing game of Clark's career, two shy of the Penn State record of 16 set by Kerry Collins and Zack Mills. Clark ends his career third all-time with 5,742 career passing yards.
  • Clark's 18 completions on the day (18-of-35) gave him 232 on the season, just two shy of the single season mark of 234 set by Anthony Morelli in 2007. Clark ends his career third all-time in career pass completions (444).
  • Clark also surpassed Michael Robinson (3,156; 2005) for the Penn State single season total offense record on the day posting 236 yards on the day for 3,214 on the season. Clark finished his career with 6,361 yards of total offense, second all-time at Penn State.
  • Clark's 37-yard TD strike to Derek Moye was his 24th of the season and 43rd of his career, both Penn State records. He completes his career with a record total of 31 TD's responsible for on the season (24 pass; 7 run) and 61 (39 pass; 22 rush) on his career.
  • Clark ends his career with 489 yards passing in bowl games (273 in Rose, 216 in Capital One) good for the fourth-best total all-time at Penn State. His 39 pass completions in bowl games are second only to Kerry Collins' 46.
  • TB Evan Royster ran for 65 yards on 17 carries on the day moving into 12th all-time in single-season rushing yardage with 1,169 yards passing John Cappelletti (1,117; 1972) on the day.
  • Royster, a junior, stands eighth all-time in career rushing yardage at Penn State with 2,918 career yards, just 480 yards shy of Curt Warner's all-time rushing record of 3,398 yards.
  • TE Andrew Quarless recorded a career high eight catches for 88 yards on the day. His eight receptions set a new Penn State bowl record surpassing the total of seven set by David Daniels (1990 Blockbuster), Bobby Engram (1994 Citrus) and Tony Stewart (1999 Outback).
  • PK Colin Wagner kicked a career-best four field goals in the game, hitting from 26, 18 and 20 and a game-winner from 21 yards. Wagner had never kicked four field goals in a game even in high school. His four field goals tied Travis Forney (1999 Outback Bowl) for the most ever by a Penn State player in a bowl game.
  • WR Derek Moye's 37-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was his sixth of the season. Moye ends the season with 785 receiving yards (13th all-time) and 48 receptions (tied for 7th all-time).
  • WR Graham Zug posted four receptions on the day for 51 yards. His 46 receptions on the season are good for a tie with O.J. McDuffie (1991) for the 14th best mark all-time at Penn State.


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