Penn State-Illinois Post-Game Notes
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Sept. 29, 2007
- Senior running back Rodney Kinlaw made his first career start.
- Penn State's opening drive capped by a 26-yard Kevin Kelly field goal was its longest scoring drive of the year covering 11 plays (equaling a previous high), 73 yards and 5:27. QB Anthony Morelli started 6-for-6 for 66 yards on the drive before missing a final attempt to Andrew Quarless in the endzone. Morelli's 34-yard completion to Chris Bell to the Illinois seven was the longest play in the drive.
- QB Anthony Morelli posted his third 200-yard passing game of the season and the seventh of his career, which ranks eighth all-time at Penn State.
- LB Sean Lee posted a career high with 17 tackles to lead Penn State. It marked his third straight game with 12 or more and his fifth career double-digit tackle game. The career high surpasses his total of 13 tackles posted at Wisconsin in 2006.
- Lee's 17 tackles are the most by a Nittany Lion since Paul Posluszny had 22 tackles at Northwestern in 2005.
- WR Jordan Norwood posted the two longest receptions of his career with a 42-yard reception in the first quarter and a career long 43-yard reception in the second quarter. Norwood posted 89 yards on three catches on the day moving into a tie for ninth all-time at Penn State in career receptions with 94, passing Freddie Scott (93, 1993-95) and tying Joe Jurevicius (94, 1994-97), and 15th all-time in career receiving yardage with 1,154 yards, passing Eddie Drummond (1,132, 1998-2001).
- WR Derrick William's 24-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was his first receiving TD since the Akron game in 2006.
- WR Deon Butler moved into 9th all-time in career receiving yardage. He posted four catches for 48 yards on the day and now has 1,560 career receiving yards.
- Jeremy Boone's 70-yard punt out of Penn State's endzone in the second quarter was a career long bettering his previous best of 56 yards by 14 yards. The punt is tied for the seventh longest in Penn State history and is the longest since Jeremy Kapinos booted a 78-yard punt at Ohio State in 2004.
- CB Justin King's second quarter interception was his second of the season and third of his career.
- Safety Tony Davis' third quarter interception was his first of the season and second of his career.
- The 90-yard kickoff return for a TD by Illinois' Arrelious Benn was the first against Penn State since Derrick Mason of Michigan State returned a kickoff 100-yards for a TD in 1994.
- Illinois' second quarter touchdown marked the first points given up by Penn State in the second quarter this season (44-7).
- LB Dan Connor moved into third place all-time on Penn State's career tackles list. He posted 11 tackles on the day and now has 323 career tackles passing Brian Gelzheiser (315, 1991-94) for third and behind Greg Buttle (343, 1973-75) in second.
- QB Anthony Morelli moved into 7th place all-time on the Penn State career passing yardage list, completing 21 of 38 passes for a career-high 298 yards. He now stands 7th all-time with 3,719 yards passing, moving past John Shaffer (3,469, 1983-86), Michael Robinson (3,531, 2002-05) and John Hufnagel (3,545, 1970-72) today. He tied his career high with 38 pass attempts on the day, moving him into seventh all-time with 575 attempts, passing John Shaffer (547).
- Kevin Kelly's two field goals give him 46 in his career, moving into third place on the school career list, passing Brett
Conway. Craig Fayak is the leader with 50.
- Penn State has out-scored the opposition 58-6 in the third quarter.
- The Nittany Lions will play their Big Ten home opener on Saturday against Iowa. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. for the ABC regional telecast. ESPN2 will carry the game in markets where it is not available on ABC. The teams are meeting for the first time since 2004.
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