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Sept. 30, 2017

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  • With the win, Penn State improves to 20-1 all-time against Indiana, including a 10-0 mark at home.
  • Penn State has started a season 5-0 for the first time since 2008, when the team started 9-0.
  • This is the first time the James Franklin has his squad to a 5-0 start on the season in his head coaching career.
  • The 2-0 start in Big Ten play marks the first such start since 2015, when Penn State also began 2-0.
  • The Nittany Lions have won 11-straight games inside Beaver Stadium dating back to the 2016 season, which is the 3rd-longest active streak in FBS. USC (12) and Alabama (15) are ahead.
  • The 10-game home winning streak is tied for the 15th-longest home winning streak in school history, equaling the 1993-95, 1961-63 and 1908-10 streaks.
  • With the victory over Indiana, Penn State now has 11 consecutive wins over Big Ten opponents to tie for No. 3 among active FBS conference winning streaks. The streak is tied with Western Michigan, which is playing this evening. That is the longest streak for Penn State since a 12-game spurt from 1993-94.
  • Penn State has won 13-straight regular season games, the longest streak since reeling off 18 in a row from 1993-95.
  • Penn State held Indiana off the scoreboard in the first quarter and is the only FBS team to not allow a score in the opening frame this season. Penn State is outscoring its opponents 73-0 in the opening 15 minutes.
  • The opening kick return by Penn State for a touchdown is the first for the Nittany Lions since returning the opening kick of the game vs. Indiana State in 2011.
  • Penn State has both punt return and kick return for touchdowns this season, marking the first season with a score of each type since 2008.
  • Penn State had a pair of special teams touchdowns via kick return and fumble recovery, marking the first time that Penn State had two special team touchdowns in the same game since 2001 at Illinois, when Bruce Branch had a 71-yard punt return and Larry Johnson had a 97-yard kick return for a touchdown.
  • Penn State last had two special team scores of any type in the same game when forcing two safeties on punts against Iowa in 2004.
  • With two touchdowns off of the first two Indiana turnovers today, Penn State had converted eight consecutive turnovers into touchdowns. The streak -- which dated back to the Georgia State contest -- was snapped on a missed field goal attempt in the third quarter.
  • The Nittany Lions scored 28 points in a first quarter against Indiana, marking the first time Penn State scored 28 or more points in the first quarter since 2005 at Illinois (28 points) that Penn State accomplished the feat.
  • The last time that Penn State had 28 points in any quarter was in the Rose Bowl last season vs. USC, when PSU notched 28 points in the third quarter.
  • Penn State forced at least one turnover in its sixth-straight game dating back to the 2017 Rose Bowl, its longest streak since forcing a turnover in six-straight games to begin the 2015 campaign.
  • Penn State will return to the road next week for a matchup with Northwesterm at noon on ABC

 

OFFENSE

Trace McSorley

  • QB Trace McSorley has thrown a touchdown pass in 20 consecutive games, dating to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, extending his Penn State record. The streak is the third-longest active streak in the FBS.
  • McSorley had his 10th career game with both a rushing and passing touchdown.
  • McSorley's 23 completions today give him 349 for his career, moving him into 10th place in the Penn State annals, passing Todd Blackledge (341; 1980-82). He trails Kerry Collins (370; 1991-94) for ninth place.
  • McSorley's two touchdown passes today give him 43 for his career, which is good for a tie for No. 3 at Penn State with Daryll Clark (2006-09).
  • McSorley's 315 yards passing marked his seventh 300-yard passing game. He is No. 2 all-time, trailing Christian Hackenberg's nine career 300-yard games. His two 300-yard games in 2017 are tied for fifth on the single season charts.
  • It was also McSorley's 15th 200-yard passing game, which is No. 5 on the 200-yard list, trailing Kerry Collins and Zack Mills for third; they each had 16 200-yard passing games.
  • With the 315-yard effort through the air, McSorley became the ninth Nittany Lion passer to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark for a career.
  • On the touchdowns responsible for list, McSorley now has accounted for 53 scores with is good for No. 3 on the Penn State career charts. Hackenberg ranks No. 2 on the list with 54 touchdowns responsible for from 2013-15.

Saquon Barkley

  • RB Saquon Barkley had 205 all-purpose yards today (56 rushing, 51 receiving, 98 returns), which gives him 4,427 for his career, which is good for fifth place at Penn State. Barkley trails Evan Royster (4,502 all-purpose yards) for fourth place.
  • Barkley attempted and completed his first career pass, a touchdown throw to DaeSean Hamilton in the fourth quarter.
  • Barkley is the first Big Ten player and sixth FBS player since 1996 with a kickoff return for a touchdown and a passing touchdown in the same game.
  • Barkley's first-career passing touchdown was the first for Penn State running back since Nick Scott threw a scoring pass against Illinois during the 2015 campaign.
  • Barkley's 16-yard completion was the longest by a Penn State running back since Eric McCoo threw a 63-yard touchdown pass against Illinois in 2001.
  • Barkley is the first player in the last 20 years with 50 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards, a passing touchdown and kickoff return for a touchdown in a game.
  • Barkley is the third player in the last five years with a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown, passing touchdown and special teams touchdown in the same season. He joins Joe Mixon from Oklahoma (2016) and Christian McCaffrey from Stanford (2015) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

Mike Gesicki

  • With three catches today, TE Mike Gesicki has a catch in 19 consecutive games.

DaeSean Hamilton

  • WR DaeSean Hamilton had nine catches to put him atop the Penn State career receptions charts with (181). He passed Allen Robinson (177) and Deon Butler (179) in the game.
  • Hamilton's three touchdown catches are a career high for a single game. He previously had one touchdown reception on 10 occasions.
  • The three scoring grabs were the most by a Nittany Lion since Allen Robinson had three against Indiana in 2012.
  • Hamilton had 122 yards receiving, marking his sixth 100-yard receiving game in his career, which is good for a tie for sixth place at Penn State, tied with four others: Deon Butler, Kenny Jackson, Derek Moye and Freddie Scott.
  • With three receiving scores, he is tied for No. 10 on the career touchdown receptions list with Jordan Norwood (2005-08).

Tom Pancoast

  • TE Tom Pancoast tied his career high for catches with a third-quarter grab for five yards. He also had one catch vs. Akron earlier this season.

 

DEFENSE

Jason Cabinda

  • LB Jason Cabinda tied a career-high with 14 tackles. He previously had 14 tackles against Army in 2015.
  • Cabinda's 14 tackles against Indiana mark his seventh career game with at least 10 tackles. He last had double-digit tackles against USC in the Rose Bowl last season.
  • Cabinda's first-quarter fumble recovery was the first of his career.

Christian Campbell

  • CB Christian Campbell forced a fumble in the first quarter, the first of his career.
  • With a pass breakup today, Campbell has broken up at least one pass in six-straight games.

Amani Oruwariye

  • CB Amani Oruwariye's third quarter interception was his second of the season and third of his career.

Marcus Allen

  • S Marcus Allen forced his fifth career fumble in the third quarter
  • With six tackles, Allen moves to 279 for his career to move into No. 8 on the career tackles list. He trails Dennis Onkotz (287; 1967-69) for the No. 7 spot.

Parker Cothren

  • DT Parker Cothren recovered the first fumble of his career in the third quarter.

Ellison Jordan

  • DT Ellison Jordan tied his career high with two tackles, equaling his outing vs. Georgia State earlier this season.

Yetur Gross-Matos

  • DE Yetur Gross-Matos tallied a career-high three tackles, besting his two stops vs. Akron earlier this season.

Antonio Shelton

  • DT Antonio Shelton tied his career high with two tackles in the game, equalling his two stops against Georgia State.

Daniel Joseph

  • DE Daniel Joseph had a career-high four tackles, topping his previous best of three vs. Georgia State.

Tyrell Chavis

  • DT Tyrell Chavis posted his first career pass breakup in the third quarter.

Lamont Wade

  • CB Lamont Wade posted his first career pass breakup in the fourth quarter.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Saquon Barkley

  • Barkley's 98-yard kick return for a touchdown was the first of his career.
  • It was the first kick return for a touchdown since Chaz Powell had a 95-yard return for a score against Indiana State in 2011.
  • It is the longest kick return since Powell had a 100-yard return against Youngstown State in 2010.

Blake Gillikin

  • P Blake Gillikin had two punts inside the 10-yard line, giving him 15 for his career.
  • Gillikin's four punts inside the 20-yard line ties a career high. He had four inside the 20 against Pitt earlier this season.
  • Gillikin's three 50-yard punts give him 16 for his career.

Irvin Charles

  • WR Irvin Charles forced the first fumble of his career in the first quarter, which led to a Nick Scott fumble return for a touchdown.
  • Charles totaled two tackles in the game, equaling his career high from the 2016 contest vs. Indiana.

Nick Scott

  • S Nick Scott had the second touchdown of his career on his fumble return in the first quarter off a fumbled punt return. Scott had a rushing touchdown in 2015 against Army when he was a running back.
  • Scott's fumble recovery in the first quarter was the first of his career.

Tyler Davis

  • K Tyler Davis had eight points today, giving him 203 for his career, and moving him into 13th place at Penn State. He trails Ki-Jana Carter (204 points) for the 12th spot.

 

 

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