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Sept. 22, 2012

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Penn State Football Post-Game Notes
Vs. Temple, Sept. 22, 2012


  • Penn State leads the series with Temple, 31-3-1. The teams next meet on Aug. 30, 2014.
  • Penn State has out-scored its opponents 35-0 in the first quarter and 55-9 in the first half, allowing only 3 field goals.
  • Penn State set season-highs with 491 yards, 27 first downs and 36:52 time of possession on the day.
  • Penn State recorded a season best 491 offensive yards (318 passing and 173 rushing). The previous high mark for Penn State this season was 352 yards against Ohio in the season opener. It marked the Nittany Lions' most total offensive yards since posting 496 against Indiana at FedEx Field in 2010.
  • The Nittany Lions had a season-best seven plays over 20 yards or more.
  • The fourth-quarter field goal drive took 7:03, the longest scoring drive for the Nittany Lions in terms of elapsed time this season.
  • The interception thrown by Penn State in the second quarter was the team's first turnover since the opening game against Ohio.
  • Penn State scored the game's first TD on a 4th and 5 play and was 1 of 1 on fourth down conversions. For the season, the Nittany Lions rank No. 3 in nation in fourth down conversion pct. (70, 7 of 10) among teams with at least 10 attempts.
  • Penn State had 100 yards in penalties (9 penalties) on the day, the most for the Nittany Lions since 100 yards against Louisiana Tech in 2000.
  • The Penn State defense has held the opposition to combined 20 points and 7-of-27 (26%) on third down conversions the last 2 games after the first two opponents were 22 of 36 (61%) on third downs. Temple was 3-of-12 on third down on the day.
  • Temple's 237 yards of total offense, 124 yards passing and 13 first downs all marked season lows for a Penn State opponent.


  • RB Michael Zordich had a career-long 16-yard rush in the first quarter. Zordich also had a career-long 27-yard reception in the second quarter.
  • Zordich had career bests in both rushing and receiving yards today. Zordich finished the day with 75 yards rushing on a career-high 15 carries, and 39 yards receiving on a career-best four catches.
  • RB Zack Zwinak had a career-high 94 yards rushing on a career-best 18 carries. Zwinak also had a career-long 12-yard catch in the second quarter. It was the second reception of his career.
  • QB Matt McGloin posted a career-best 318 yards passing today, the third 300-yard passing game of his career. He surpassed his previous career-high of 315 yards posted vs. Indiana in 2010. He is now tied with Daryll Clark (2006-09) with three 300-yard passing games and trails only Kerry Collins (1991-94) who has four 300-yard passing games for the most in Penn State history.
  • Matt McGloin's 318 passing yards rank No. 9 in Penn State history and are the most since Daryll Clark's posted 353 yards vs. Akron in 2009.
  • McGloin completed passes to a season-high nine different receivers.
  • The game was also McGloin's 10th career 200-yard passing game, good for seventh-best in the Penn State annals. He trails Chuck Fusina, Tony Sacca and Anthony Morelli tied for fourth with 11 200-yard games.
  • McGloin's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his first rushing touchdown since the Penn State-Florida clash in the 2011 Outback Bowl (2010 season). He notched another rushing TD in the third quarter. For his career, McGloin now has four rushing touchdowns.
  • Matt McGloin leads the Big Ten in passing yards (1,006; 251,5 ypg), completions (83) and is tied for first with 9 TD passes.
  • McGloin now has nine passing TD and two rushing TD on the year and has been a part of every Penn State offensive touchdown on the season.
  • McGloin completed 24-of-36 passes (66.6%) on the day and is now 83-of-140 (59%) on the year for 1,006 yards with a TD to INT ratio of 9 to 2. He completed 54.1% of his passes last year for a total of 1,571 yards.
  • TE Matt Lehman grabbed a career-best 24-yard reception in the second quarter and had career highs with two catches for 46 yards on the day.
  • True freshman TE Jesse James made his first career start.


  • LB Michael Mauti led Penn State in tackles for the fourth time in four games on the season posting nine in the game. He now has 42 tackles on the year, good for No. 2 in the Big Ten. His career-best season tackle total is 67 posted in 2010. Mauti also recorded his second forced fumble of the season.
  • LB Mike Hull recorded the second sack of his career in the second quarter. He had one earlier this season at Virginia.
  • DT Jordan Hill recorded his first sack and first forced fumble of the season. They marked his sixth career sack and second career forced fumble.
  • DT Kyle Baublitz recorded his first career sack.
  • RS Sophomore DE C.J. Olaniyan made his first career start.

  • Penn State will take on Illinois in Champaign Saturday at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The game will air on ESPN and the Penn State Sports Network.




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