Penn State vs. Buffalo Game Notes
Sept. 15, 2007
- Penn State has won six consecutive games and 25 of its last 30 overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.
- The Nittany Lions have won 50 of their 61 non-conference games since starting Big Ten Conference play in 1993.
- In the first three games this season, Penn State has given up a combined 53 yards rushing on 92 attempts, an average of .58 yards per carry. The Nittany Lions have 17 sacks in the first three games.
-Penn State was four for five in the red zone today, which makes the Lions 17 of 18 this season, which includes 14 touchdowns and 3 field goals.
-The touchdowns allowed by Penn State in the fourth quarter were the first offensive touchdowns allowed by the Lions defense since the second quarter of the Outback Bowl against Tennessee last season. The Nittany Lion defense has allowed six touchdowns in the last 37 quarters, dating back to the fourth quarter vs. Michigan last season.
-The last time that Penn State allowed 21 points in a quarter was the fourth quarter at No. 1 Ohio State in 2006, which included two defensive touchdowns by the Buckeyes. The last time that Penn State allowed three offensive touchdowns in a quarter by an opponent was against Boston College in the second game of the 2003 season.
-Buffalo's 339 yards passing were the most allowed by the Lions since allowing 347 to Minnesota in 2006.
-TB Rodney Kinlaw had a career-high 23 carries and a career-high 129 yards in today's game. His previous high for carries was nine last week against Notre Dame and his previous high for yardage was 86 against Youngstown State in 2006.
-QB Anthony Morelli set a career high with four touchdown passes. He previously had three touchdown passes against Florida International in the season opener this year and against Akron in 2006.
-Morelli's four touchdown passes mark the first game in which a Penn State quarterback had four touchdown passes since Michael Robinson had four at Illinois in 2005.
-Anthony Morelli moved up the record books in several career categories with today's performance. Morelli now has 3,252 yards passing, which is good for 11th place at Penn State, trailing John Shaffer's 3,469 yards (1983-86). Morelli has 281 completions, which is 7th at Penn State, and trails Todd Blackledge (1980-82) who had 341 career completions. Finally, Morelli's 506 attempts is the ninth highest total by a Penn State quarterback. He trails John Shaffer, who had 547 career pass attempts.
-LBs Dan Connor and Sean Lee each had 12 tackles today and each had one tackle-for loss. Connor leads the team this season with 29 tackles and 4.5 tackles-for-loss and Lee has 23 tackles (2nd) and 3.5 tackles-for-loss, which is tied for third best on the team with DT Ollie Ogbu. Second place on the tackles-for-loss list is DE Maurice Evans with 4.0.
-TE Andrew Quarless' 21-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter gives him a touchdown reception in each of the last three games in which he played (Michigan State and Tennessee in 2006). Additionally, this was the first two-touchdown game of Quarless' career.
-WR Deon Butler had five receptions today, giving him 94 for his career, which is tied for eighth place in the Penn State annals with Joe Jurevicius (1994-97). Butler's 72 yards receiving today give him 1,482 for his career, which moves him into 11th place at Penn State for career receiving yardage. He trails Chafie Fields, who had 1,437 yards from 1996-99.
-WR Jordan Norwood had four receptions today, giving him 88 for his career, which moves him into a tie with Chafie Fields (1996-99) and Tony Hunt (2003-06) for 11th place at Penn State. Additionally, Norwood's 29 receiving yards moved him into 18th place in the Lions' annals, behind Dan Natale (1972-74) who had 1,038 yards.
-WR Derrick Williams had five receptions today, giving him 73 for his career, which is good enough for 16th place in the Penn State record book. He trails Kyle Brady (1991-94) for 15th place (74 catches).
-With his 27-yard field goal in the second quarter, PK Kevin Kelly moved into sole possession of fourth place for field goals made (41). In third place for field goals made is Brett Conway (1993-96) with 45. Kelly also had two field goal attempts, giving him 62 attempts for his career, which is fourth highest in the Penn State annals. Chris Bahr (1973-75) and Travis Forney (1996-99) are tied for second place in field goal attempts with 63.
- Jeremy Boone's 56-yard punt in the first quarter is the longest of his career.
-G Stefen Wisniewski became the first true freshman to play for Penn State this season. Wisniewski's father, Leo, and uncle, Steve, also both played for the Lions.
- Penn State begins its 15th season of Big Ten play next week at Michigan. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. for the ABC national telecast.