Penn State Game Notes vs. Temple
Penn State improved to 43-11 (79.6) since the start of the 2005 season, the nation's ninth-best record. The Lions have won 45 of their last 56 games (80.3) dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.
Penn State has won 30 of its last 32 games (93.7) in Beaver Stadium.
Coach Joe Paterno improved his FBS all-time record wins mark to 386-127-3 (75.0).
Penn State held Temple to six points, becoming the third straight opponent held to seven points or less. The last time Penn State held three straight opponents to seven points or less was when it opened the 1996 season holding four-straight opponents to seven or less in wins over USC (24-7), Louisville (24-7), N. Illinois (49-0) and Temple (41-0).
Penn State, which entered the game first in the Big Ten and tied for 9th in the nation in scoring defense, is now allowing an average of just 6.6 ppg. Its total of 20 points allowed through the first three games is the lowest mark since allowing 14 through the first three games of 1996 (tied for the lowest under Joe Paterno with the 1973 team). The mark is tied for the fourth lowest total points allowed through the first three games of a season under Joe Paterno with the 1989 team, which also gave up 20.
Penn State tied its season high with four sacks and has 10 on the season.
LB Sean Lee tallied 12 tackles, his 14th career double figure tackle game, and leads the team with 32 on the season (No. 3 in Big Ten). He recorded 2.5 tackles for losses, pushing his team-leading TFL total to 7.5 (tied for No. 1 in Big Ten), including his second sack of the season in the first quarter.
LB Josh Hull recorded a career high 13 tackles, for his second consecutive double figure tackle game, and added 1.5 tackles for loss.
LB Bani Gbadyu posted a career high six tackles and CB Knowledge Timmons had a career high four tackles and a big pass break-up in the end zone.
Temple's 25-yard field goal in the first quarter marked the initial first-half points Penn State has given up this season.
Penn State eclipsed its season-high in rushing in the first half with 158 yards on 19 carries. The Lions finished the day with 186 yards on 36 carries, an average of 5.2 yards per running play.
TB Evan Royster posted his first 100-yard game of the season and the seventh of his career, moving him into 15th all-time in 100-yard games at Penn State. Royster had 15 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown in the first half and finished the day with 19 carries for 134 yards and a TD.
Evan Royster's 33-yard run in the first quarter was his longest on the season and Penn State's longest run of the season with its offensive unit on the field. The Lions had a 37-yard run by Andrew Dailey on a fake punt in their opening win over Akron.
QB Daryll Clark moved into a tie for 7th all-time with Wally Richardson in career touchdown passes with 27 after completing two on the day. He has thrown 14 touchdown passes in his last five games.
Daryll Clark also moved into eighth on the career completions list with 276, passing John Shaffer (262) and Kevin Thompson (263). Clark also moved into 11th all-time in career passing yardage with 3,499, passing John Shaffer (3,469).
TE Mickey Shuler's 1-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his second 1-yard TD catch of the season and his fourth career TD reception.
WR Derek Moye made his second TD catch of the season and third of his career just before the half.
Saf Drew Astorino recovered his first career fumble in the third quarter. The fumble was caused by DT Ollie Ogbu, the second of his career and led to a Collin Wagner field goal.
Freshman DT James Terry recorded his first career sack.
Sophomore Johnny Troutman made his first career start at left guard.
Penn State improved to 59-12 (83.0) in non-conference games since joining the Big Ten.
Penn State improved to 35-3-1 all-time vs. Temple and 50-5-1 vs. MAC schools (41-1 under Joe Paterno).
The Nittany Lions host Iowa (3-0) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m. in the Big Ten opener for both squads. ABC will televise to a national audience.
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Sept. 19, 2009