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Sept. 4, 2010

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  • The Nittany Lions are 103-19-2 (83.1) in the first contest of the season, winning their last nine and 18 of the last 20. Penn State is 38-7 (84.4) in season openers under Joe Paterno and 111-12-1 in home openers overall.
  • Penn State is 243-59 (80.5) all-time in games played in Beaver Stadium since it opened 50 years ago and has won 34 of its last 38 home games dating to the 2004 Michigan State game.
  • Penn State upped its non-conference record to 62-12 since joining the Big Ten in 1993 and has won 16 of its last 17 non-conference games, with USC in the 2009 Rose Bowl as the lone setback.

Joe Paterno

  • Joe Paterno, the leader in all-time victories leader among major college coaches, upped his career record to 395-129-3 with the win. He also coached in his 680th career game as a member of the Penn State coaching staff and his 527th as head coach.
  • In his 45th year as head coach of the Nittany Lions, JoePaterno has passed Bobby Bowden & Pop Warner for the second-most seasons as major college head coach (Amos Alonzo Stagg-57)

Offense

  • Rob Bolden's 20-for-29, 239-yard, two-touchdown effort is the best passing performance by a true freshman starter in Penn State history surpassing Tony Sacca's mark of 15-of-27 for 215 yards and no touchdowns in a 24-10 loss to Syracuse in Beaver Stadium in 1988.
  • Senior WR Brett Brackett set career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, catching eight passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. His 22-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was a career long, topping his previous best of 20 yards, set versus Temple in 2008.
  • With 40 yards rushing in limited duty, giving him 2,958 for his career, senior TB Evan Royster passed Lydell Mitchell and Larry Johnson on the Penn State career rushing list. Royster is 42 yards shy of the 3,000-yard plateau and needs 441 yards to pass Curt Warner as Penn State's all-time leading rusher.
  • Youngstown native Michael Zordich recorded his first career rush, carrying the ball for a four-yard gain and a first down in the third quarter.

Defense

  • Penn State has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in its last 17 games, the nation's third-longest streak (Alabama - 35; Ohio State - 24).
  • YSU gained 75 rushing yards on 34 carries. During the 17-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher, 11 PSU opponents have not gained 100 rushing yards as a team.
  • Senior LB Chris Colasanti's 13 tackles were a career high. His previous best was six, set versus Eastern Illinois in 2009.
  • Senior LB Bani Gbadyu had a career-best eight tackles, topping his former high of seven, set against Iowa in 2009.
  • Senior DT Ollie Ogbu tied a career high with six tackles, equaling his previous best set versus Akron in 2009.
  • Junior LB Nate Stupar's 1.5 tackles for loss was a career high. His quarterback sack in the second half was the second of his career.
  • Penn State allowed YSU 264 yards, 80 of which came on screen pass TD in first quarter. The last time the Penn State defense had allowed an 80-yard reception was in 2003 when Michigan State's Jeff Smoker connected on a scoring strike with Kyle Brown.

Special Teams

  • Collin Wagner's 49-yard field goal in the second quarter was a career high. His previous best was a 47-yarder versus Minnesota in 2009.
  • Collin Wagner surpassed his career total of 40-yard plus field goals made in the YSU game, going 3 of 3 (44, 49, 48 yds). He was 2 of 5 from 40-49 yards in his career entering the season.
  • Collin Wagner has made his last 7 field goal attempts. He was 4 of 4 vs. LSU in the 2010 Capital One Bowl, including the game-winner in the final minute.
  • Chaz Powell's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was Penn State's first since Derrick Williams took a kick back 94 yards for a score versus Illinois in 2008. Penn State's last 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown took place in 1975 by Rich Mauti at Temple. Rich Mauti is the father of current Nittany Lion linebacker Mike Mauti and former Lion wide receiver Patrick Mauti.

Misc.

  • Nittany Lions making their first career starts included linebacker Chris Colasanti, receiver Devon Smith, tight end Garry Gilliam, quarterback Rob Bolden, center Doug Klopacz, left tackle Quinn Barham and punter Anthony Fera.
  • Penn State freshmen who made their collegiate debut were quarterback Rob Bolden, fullback Glenn Carson, linebacker Khairi Fortt, tight end Kevin Haplea and tailback Silas Redd.
  • With the win over YSU, Penn State is 31-15 all-time against teams from the state of Ohio.
  • The Nittany Lions will play at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in the first meeting between the national powers since 1990. The Crimson Tide lead the series, 8-5. The contest will air on ESPN and the Penn State Sports Network and kick at 7:00 p.m./6:00 CT.

 

 

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