Post-Game Notes, Penn State vs. Temple

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Sept. 20, 2008

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  • Penn State has won 35 of its past 44 games overall, including 23 of its 25 home games during the streak.
  • Penn State leads the series with Temple, 34-3-1, winning the last 26 meetings (25-0 under Joe Paterno.)
  • Penn State's 211 points in the first four games of the season are the most in the 122 years of the program. The 1994 team scored 210 in its first four games.
  • The Nittany Lions have scored 40 or more points in their first four games of the season for the first time in program history.
  • Penn State has scored 40 or more points in four consecutive games for just the second time under Joe Paterno and the first time since midway through the 1973 season (54-3 vs. Army, 49-6 at Syracuse, 62-14 vs. West Virginia, 42-22 at Maryland).
  • The Nittany Lions' 31 points in the second quarter were there most in a period since scoring 31 in the third quarter vs. Indiana in 2003.
  • Penn State out-gained Temple 338 yards to 32 in the first half holding the Owls to minus-9 yards rushing. The Nittany Lions finished with 546 yards, their third game over 500 yards this season.
  • The Nittany Lions ran for 303 yards on 45 attempts (6.7), their second game this year with 300-plus yards rushing (334 vs. Coastal Carolina).
  • Penn State posted five plays over 20 yards in the game, three went for touchdowns.
  • The Nittany Lions now have 29 plays over 20 yards on the season, eight for touchdowns. They had 53 total plays over 20 yards last season, 12 for touchdowns.
  • Penn State allowed Temple only 16 rushing yards on 28 attempts (0.6), as the Owls became the fourth consecutive team to fail to crack 100 yards on the ground. For the season, the Lions are permitting 52.2 rushing yards per game and 1.8 yards per carry.
  • Penn State scored three touchdowns in a span of 5:04 to take a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
  • Temple's third quarter field goal broke a string of 10 consecutive quarters in which Penn State held the Owls scoreless, dating to a field goal in the fourth quarter of the meeting in 2003.
  • Penn State racked up a season high (7) sacks in the game with three players posting two or more. It marked the most sacks for Penn State, which entered the game with nine on the season, since posting seven vs. Florida International in the first game of last season.
  • LB Navorro Bowman made his first career start and recorded career highs with 11 tackles (8 solo), three sacks, five tackles for minus-17, a forced fumble and his first career interception. The sacks were his first of the season and he now has four total for his career. Bowman leads Penn State with 35 tackles (20 solo) this season.
  • DE Aaron Maybin has posted a sack in every game this season. He got his fifth and sixth on the year in the first quarter, marking his second two-sack game of the season (Coastal Carolina).
  • DE Josh Gaines recorded two sacks on the day. He has four for the season and 10.5 for his career. He totaled 4.5 last season.
  • CB Tony Davis' second quarter interception was the third of his career.
  • Safety Knowledge Timmons' fourth quarter interception was the first of his career. Timmons also made a touchdown-saving tackle on Travis Shelton's 74-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
  • TB Stephfon Green posted his first career 100-yard game, gaining 132 yards on just nine carries (14.7). Green had a career long 27-yard run in the second quarter until he broke free for a 69-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The 69-yard run was Penn State longest play from scrimmage on the season and its longest run since A.J. Wallace went 76 yards for a touchdown vs. Youngstown State in 2006.
  • WR Brett Brackett made his first career touchdown grab in the second quarter on a 20-yard toss from Daryll Clark.
  • WR Graham Zug made his first career touchdown catch on a 17-yard slant from Daryll Clark in the second quarter.
  • For the third time in four games, the Nittany Lions moved downfield late in the first half and Kevin Kelly kicked a field goal in the final minute. Kelly's 44-yarder as time expired gave him at least one field goal in a school record 24 consecutive games.
  • Kevin Kelly has 62 career field goals, tied for eighth in Big Ten history with Michigan State's Dave Rayner.
  • Penn State was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season.
  • Penn State has not been scored on in the first quarter through four games on the season (49-0).
  • Penn State has out-scored the opposition 93-20 in the second quarter this season, tallying 31 today.
  • TB Evan Royster's 32-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his second longest run on the season and his seventh touchdown on the season.
  • WR Deon Butler's 49-yard reception in the second quarter was his longest of the season.
  • Freshman D'Anton Lynn saw his first action as a Nittany Lion as a gunner on the punt team. He is the fifth true-freshman to see action on the season.
  • Penn State hosts No. 22 Illinois on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

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