Sept. 14, 2013
Penn State vs. UCF - Post-Game Notes -Penn State has a 2-1 on-field record vs. UCF. The two teams will tangle again August 30, 2014 at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland.
-When Penn State senior safety Malcolm Willis grabbed an interception late in the second quarter, the third of his career, it was UCF QB Blake Bortles' first interception in 232 attempts. Bortles entered the game with the longest FBS active streak without an interception (217 attempts).
- Junior WR Allen Robinson is No. 4 in NCAA in receiving ypg (132.0 ypg) and also leads the Big Ten at 7.7 receptions pg
-Junior WR Allen Robinson had his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game, just the third time in the Penn State annals that a receiver has had three consecutive games of at least 100 yards receiving. The other two were Joe Jurevicius in 1996 (at Indiana, vs. Northwestern, at Michigan) and Kenny Jackson in 1982 (at Boston College, vs. North Carolina State, at Notre Dame).
-Robinson's 143 yards receiving boost him into 14th place on the career receiving yardage list at Penn State. He trails Freddie Scott (1,520 yards) for 13th place. With 103 catches, he is now in sole possession of 12th place in career receptions. Tony Johnson is ahead of him in 11th place with 107 grabs. Robinson has five career 100-yard games, tied with Terry Smith for ninth place.
-Junior RB Zack Zwinak had 128 yards rushing, his seventh career 100-yard game and first this season. He is tied for 16th place at Penn State in 100-yard rushing games with Silas Redd.
-Zwinak's career-high three rushing touchdowns are the first time a Nittany Lion had three rushing touchdowns since Bill Belton at Iowa last season.
- Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg was 21 of 28 (75%) for 262 yards and one TD vs. UCF. For the season he is 66 of 92 (71.7%) for 851 yards, with 4 TD and 3 interceptions.
- Christian Hackenberg ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten in passing ypg (283.7 ypg) and is No. 4 in total offense (273.3 ypg).
-QB Christian Hackenberg threw for 262 yards, his third straight game of more than 250 yards. The last time a Penn State quarterback threw for 250 or more yards in three straight game was Matt McGloin, last season, who had more than 250 yards passing in four straight games (vs. Northwestern, at Iowa, vs. Ohio State, at Purdue).
-Junior PK Sam Ficken's 47-yard field goal in the second quarter was the longest of his career and the longest by a Penn State placekicker since Collin Wagner had a 49-yard boot at Minnesota in 2010. Ficken extended his consecutive FG made streak to 15 with the 47-yarder but the streak ended with his 57-yard attempt near the end of the first half.
-With his 47-yard field goal, Ficken is the 15th Penn State placekicker with 20 or more field goals in his career.
-The following players had career highs in tackles: C.J. Olaniyan (six), Jordan Lucas (six), Trevor Williams (six) and Jesse Della Valle (three). Lucas also forced a fumble and had a TFL, Olaniyan had a TFL and Williams had a team-high two pass break-ups.
- DaQuan Jones is T 1st in Big Ten in TFL (5.0), T 4th in sacks (2.0) and T 10th in tackles (23, 7.7 avg.)
-Freshman TE Adam Breneman grabbed his first career catch on a key two-yard fourth down conversion in the first quarter.
-Freshmen WR Eugene Lewis and Richy Anderson both made their first career starts. Seven players have made their first career starts this season.
- Penn State was successful on its initial five fourth down conversion attempts this season but was 1 of 2 vs. UCF to end the streak.
-The 34 points were the most allowed by the Nittany Lions in a non-conference game at home since joining the Big Ten. Previously, Penn State had allowed 33 to Miami in a 33-7 season opening loss in 2001. In 1992, its last season as an independent, Penn State allowed 35 points to Boston College in a 35-32 loss.
-Penn State last gave up at least 34 points in a non-conference regular season game at Notre Dame in 2006, a 41-17 loss.
-Penn State last allowed at least 21 points in the first half in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl (2011 season) against Houston.
- UCF gained 507 yards of total offense, the most Penn State has allowed since Houston gained 600 yards in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl. The last regular season game where Penn State allowed 500 yards of offense was against Michigan State in 2001, where the Nittany Lions allowed 542 yards of total offense. The last regular season non-conference opponent to gain 500 yards vs. Penn State was Miami in 2001 (602 yards).
-The 58-yard rush by Storm Johnson of UCF in the second quarter was the longest run allowed by Penn State since a 79-yard rush by Rashard Mendenhall of Illinois in 2006.
-Penn State will take on Kent State in Beaver Stadium next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the final non-conference game. The game will be televised by BTN.