Penn State vs. Houston - Notes
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Jan. 2, 2012
Penn State vs. Houston
- Penn State has dropped consecutive bowl games for the first time since losing the 1975 Sugar Bowl and the 1976 Gator Bowl.
- Penn State is 10-5 in bowl games since joining the Big Ten.
- The Nittany Lions fell to 16-4 in their next game after a loss since the start of 2005 season.
- Penn State and Houston met for the first time since 1977 and just the third time overall. Penn State leads the series, 2-1.
- Justin Brown's 69-yard reception for a touchdown in the third quarter was a career long and the third longest of the season for Penn State. The play was also the second longest completion in Penn State bowl history behind only Chuck Herd's 72-yard reception from Tom Shuman in the 1974 Orange Bowl.
- With 53 rushing yards versus Houston, Silas Redd moved into 10th place on Penn State's season rushing yardage list with 1,241 yards.
- Stephfon Green's six-yard scoring run in the second quarter was his sixth rushing touchdown of the season and fifth in the last four games.
- Devon Smith's 43-yard reception in the second quarter was Penn State's sixth-longest play of the season from the scrimmage.
- Nate Stupar made a game-high 12 tackles (7 solo), second-highest total of his career.
- Malcolm Willis made eight tackles (7 solo), second-highest total of his career.
- Penn State allowed 41 points during the first quarter in the regular season. Houston led 17-0 after the opening period.
- Houston's 75-yard passing touchdown late in the second quarter was the longest play from scrimmage allowed by the Penn State defense this season.
- Houston's Case Keenum broke the Penn State opponent bowl and all-time record for completions (45) and attempts in a game (69). BYU's Ty Detmer completed 42 passes in the 1989 Holiday Bowl and Oregon's Danny O'Neil attempted 61 passes in the 1995 Rose Bowl.
- Penn State played in its 28th January bowl game among its 44 all-time postseason contests. The Nittany Lions are 17-10-1 in New Year's bowl games.
- Penn State played in Cotton Bowl Stadium for the fourth time in program history (2-1-1). The Nittany Lions won the 1972 and 1975 Cotton Bowls and tied the 1948 game.