Postgame Notes

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Sept. 25, 2010

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Penn State Notes - Post-Temple

  • Penn State is 64-13 (83.1) in non-conference games since starting Big Ten play in 1993 and 54-5-1 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference. The Nittany Lions are 36-3-1 all-time against Temple.
  • The Nittany Lions have the nation's second-longest home non-conference winning streak at 22, with the last loss coming to Boston College in 2003. LSU leads with nation with 29 straight home non-conference wins.
  • Joe Paterno earned his 397th career victory, boosting his overall record of 397-130-3 in his 45th season as head coach.
  • Penn State has a 54-14 (79.4) record since the start of the 2005 season, tied for the nation's No. 7 winning percentage (with West Virginia).
  • The Nittany Lions have won 36 of their last 40 games in Beaver Stadium, dating to the 2004 Senior Day win over Michigan State.

DEFENSE

  • The Nittany Lions forced four Temple turnovers today while committing only one, the first time this season that they have been on the positive side in turnover margin.
  • Penn State's defense limited the Owls to 202 yards of total offense, a season-best for yards allowed, and only eight first downs. Temple gained just 71 yards in the second half.
  • LB Michael Mauti recorded a career-best tying seven tackles for the third time this season.
  • DE Pete Massaro forced and recovered the first fumble of his career on the last play of the game.
  • Safety Nick Sukay grabbed his second and third interceptions of the season and the third and fourth of his career. He is the first Nittany Lion to have two interceptions in a game since Lydell Sargeant had two at Wisconsin in 2008.
  • LB Nate Stupar made the second interception of his career in the third quarter, returning it 31 yards to the Temple 12 to set-up Collin Wagner's go-ahead field goal.
  • Temple ran for 156 yards on 32 carries, becoming just the 12th team to gain 100 rushing yards on Penn State since the start of the 2008 season (30 games).

OFFENSE

  • Penn State's 216 yards rushing and 439 yards of total offense are both season highs.
  • Penn State's 96-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter was the longest for the Lions in terms of yards this season, and the longest scoring drive since Penn State had a 96-yard scoring drive against Indiana in 2003.
  • Penn State allowed its first sack of the season, coming in the second quarter. The Nittany Lions were the last team in the nation to allow a sack this season. In the Sept. 26 NCAA statistics, Penn State remains tied for No. 1 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed with eight other teams.
  • TB Evan Royster had a career-high 187 yards rushing on a career-best tying 26 carries. It was also the 13th 100-yard rushing game of his career, moving him into a tie with John Cappelletti for sixth place in the Penn State annals.
  • Penn State is 13-0 when Evan Royster rushes for at least 100 yards.
  • Evan Royster's 187 yards are the most by a Penn State running back since Larry Johnson had 279 yards against Michigan State in the 2002 regular season finale.
  • Evan Royster ranks sixth on the Penn State career rushing yardage list with 3,215 yards. He needs 13 yards to pass D.J. Dozier for fifth place and 184 yards to pass Curt Warner (3,398) for the school career record.
  • Royster's 187 yards rushing are the most ever by a Penn State back in the 40 meetings with Temple. Rodney Kinlaw ran for 168 yards on 27 carries in the 2007 contest in Philadelphia.
  • Royster's 50-yard run on Penn State's opening play was the longest rush of the season by the Nittany Lions.
  • WR Justin Brown recorded career highs in both catches and yards, with 84 yards on four receptions. Brown's 33-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest of his career.
  • FB Michael Zordich scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter.
  • TE Garry Gilliam recorded his first career catch (21 yards) in the second quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Collin Wagner's five field goals are a career high and tie the school record for field goals in a game. Other Nittany Lion kickers with five field goals in a game are: Travis Forney vs. Michigan State in 1998, Massimo Manca vs. Notre Dame in 1985, and Brian Franco at Nebraska in 1981.

  • Collin Wagner's previous high for field goals in a game was four in the win over LSU in the 2010 Capital One Bowl.

  • Collin Wagner is second Big Ten kicker to make five FG this year, joining OSU's Devin Barclay (vs. Miami)

  • Wagner's six field goal attempts tie the school record for FGA in a game. Travis Forney attempted six against Michigan State in 1998 and Massimo Manca attempted six at West Virginia in 1986.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Safety Andrew Dailey became the 12th different Nittany Lions to make his first career start this season.
  • Penn State will next take the field next Saturday, visiting No. 17/18 Iowa in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The game will kick at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN.

 

 

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