Penn State Post-Game Notes vs. Syracuse
Sept. 12, 2009
- Penn State leads the series with Syracuse 42-23-5.
-The Nittany Lions are 42-11 since the start of the 2005 season and have won 29 of their last 31 games in Beaver Stadium.
- Penn State is 58-12 in non-conference games since starting Big Ten play in 1993.
-Penn State is 173-77-11 all time against current Big East members. The Nittany Lions are 25-7 since Big East football began in 1991.
-Penn State has held its first two opponents to less than 10 points for the first time since the 1998 season, when the Nittany Lions held Southern Mississippi to six points and Bowling Green to three. In the 2007 season, the Lions allowed zero to Florida International and 10 to Notre Dame in the first two games.
-In its first two games, Penn State has allowed a total of 93 net yards rushing, an average of 46.5 ypg. The Nittany Lions have allowed 386 total yards, which is an average of 193 ypg.
-Penn State has 19 tackles-for-loss in the first two games this season.
- Senior LB Sean Lee had his fifth career game with at least 13 tackles (6 solo, 7 assists) and his first since the 2007 season finale in the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M when he notched 14 tackles. Included in the 13 tackles vs. the Orange were 3 tackles-for-loss and 1 sack for (minus-13) yards. Lee has 13 career double figure tackle games.
- Senior LB Josh Hull tied his career high for tackles with 11. Additionally, his fourth quarter interception was the second of his career.
-Daryll Clark's 240 passing yards the Orange gives him eight 200-yard passing games in his career, tying him with Michael Robinson for eighth place in Penn State annals.
-Clark has three games in his career with at least three touchdown passes. The three games have come in Penn State's last three regular season games (vs. Michigan State, vs. Akron, vs. Syracuse).
- Clark is a combined 65 of 97 (67.0) for 934 yards, with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last three regular season games.
- Clark has 25 career touchdown passes, moving him past Pete Liske (24) and Doug Strang (24) into 10th place at Penn State. John Hufnagel (1970-72) is next with 26.
- Clark ranks 12th in school annals with 3,332 career passing yards. John Shaffer (1983-86) is next with 3,469 and Michael Robinson is No. 10 with 3,531 yards.
-Graham Zug set career highs in catches and yardage with his six catches for 79 yards, which included a 20-yard TD catch from Daryll Clark.
- Evan Royster's 49-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was a career-long reception. Royster finished the game with 61 yards receiving, a career high.
-Nate Stupar recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter, returning it 17 yards to the SU 2 to set-up a touchdown.
-Jack Crawford had four tackles, a new career high.
-Jeremy Boone averaged 50.0 yards per punt, the third time in his career he averaged at least 50 yards per punt in a game.
-First time starters for Penn State were WR Chaz Powell and OLB Nate Stupar.
- Wide receiver Justin Brown became the seventh true freshman to play this season.
-Penn State will host Temple Saturday at noon. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.