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Sept. 5, 2009


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  • Penn State improved to 102-19-2 (83.7) in season openers, having won 17 of their last 19 and improving to 37-7 (84.1) under Joe Paterno in openers. The Lions are now 110-12-1 in home openers all time.


  • Penn State is 41-11 (78.8) since the start of the 2005 season and has won 43 of its last 54 contests (79.6) dating to the last two games of the 2004 season.


  • The Nittany Lions have won 28 of their last 30 games in Beaver Stadium, dating to the Senior Day win over Michigan State in 2004.


  • Joe Paterno improved his FBS all-time record win total to 384-127-3 as he kicked off his 44th season as Penn State head coach and 60th at Penn State.


  • Penn State's 379 passing yards on the day rank tied for the fourth most under Joe Paterno. Penn State's 32 total pass completions on the day rank as the second most ever under Paterno behind 33 posted vs. Wisconsin in 1995.


  • Penn State had five first time starters on offense (LG Matt Stankiewitch, RG Lou Eliades, RT DeOn'tae Pannell, WR Derek Moye & FB Joe Suhey) and five first time starters on defense (LE Eric Latimore, RE Jack Crawford, LCB Knowledge Timmons, Hero Nick Sukay & RCB D'Anton Lynn)


  • Six Penn State true freshmen played: WR Devon Smith, CB Stephon Morris, Saf Gerald Hodges, DE Sean Stanley, WR Curtis Drake and QB Kevin Newsome.


  • Penn State had six plays of 20 or more yards on the day, four of which were Daryll Clark passes to WR Derek Moye.


  • QB Daryll Clark's 254 yards passing in the first half (on 17 of 25 and with 3 touchdowns) were a Penn State record for passing in the first half, breaking the mark of 231 yards set by Anthony Morelli vs. Florida International in the 2007 opener.


  • Daryll Clark completed 29 of 40 for 353 yards, 3 touchdowns and one interception on the day setting career highs for completions, attempts and passing yardage in a game and posting his second most touchdown passes ever in a game (behind 4 vs. MSU last year). He surpassed his record of 341 yards passing vs. Michigan State last season in the year's final regular season game. His 353 yards rank as the fifth highest single game total in PSU history.
    Clark's 29 completions are tied for the second most in a game by a Nittany Lion with Zack Mills, who had 29 vs. Purdue in 2004. Mills owns the all-time game passing yardage record with 399 vs. Iowa in 2002 and Wally Richardson owns the completions record with 33 vs. Wisconsin in 1995.


  • Daryll Clark has combined to pass for 694 yards and 7 touchdowns in his last two regular season games.


  • Clark now owns the 5th (353) and 7th (341) best single game passing days in Penn State history and is the only quarterback with two marks in the top seven. He joins Kerry Collins (3) as the only quarterbacks with more than one mark in the top 10 all-time passing yardage games at Penn State.


  • Daryll Clark's 358 yards of total offense (5 yards rushing) also were a career high and were the most by a Nittany Lion since Michael Robinson posted 363 yards (258 pass, 125 rush) vs. Wisconsin in 2005.


  • Clark became the 13th Nittany Lion to pass for more than 3,000 yards in their career. He now has 3,092 career passing yards, good for 12th all-time at Penn State. He passed Rashard Casey (3,046), Doug Strang (2,966) and Tom Shuman (2,886) on the day. Clark now has 22 career touchdown passes, two short of the Penn State top 10.


  • Penn State's four leading receivers on the day all posted career highs in catches and yards: WR Derek Moye made his first career start and posted career highs in receptions (6), yards (138) and longest catch (42 yards) and added a touchdown on a 22-yard strike from Daryll Clark. His 138 yards receiving are the most by a Penn State player since Deon Butler posted a PSU record 216 yards vs. Northwestern in 2006. Moye had catches of 42, 36, 22 and 20 yards on the day. His only other career TD catch came last year at Syracuse.
    WR Chaz Powell had career highs for catches (7) and yard (65) and made his first career touchdown reception on an eight-yard toss from Daryll Clark.
    WR Graham Zug had career highs for catches (5) and yards (62) and added a 19-yard TD catch. FB Joe Suhey had career highs for catches (4) and yards (40).


  • LB Nathan Stupar made a career-high 12 tackles (8 solo) on the day and posted his first career sack. His 12 tackle total now ranks as the second best single game mark among all active Nittany Lions behind Sean Lee's 17 posted at Illinois in 2007.


  • LB Sean Lee posted seven tackles and two tackles for loss in his return to the field after missing last season with a torn ACL.


  • DT Ollie Ogbu posted a career high six tackles and added 2.5 tackles for loss.


  • Penn State great Curt Warner was honored at halftime for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Warner was among several prominent former Lions on the sidelines including: LaVar Arrington, Blair Thomas, Ki-Jana Carter, Jordan Norwood, A.Q. Shipley, Matt Rice and Alan Zemaitis among others.


  • The Nittany Lions host Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 12:00 p.m. The Orange will be playing in Beaver Stadium for the first time since 1990. Syracuse lost to Minnesota, 23-20, in overtime on Saturday.




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