Penn State-Purdue Post-Game Notes
Oct. 4, 2008
Penn State improved to 6-0, (2-0 in the Big Ten) and has won 37 of its last 46 games.
The Nittany Lions are 6-0 for the 13th time under Joe Paterno.
Penn State is eligible for its 35th bowl game in Joe Paterno's 43rd season as head coach. Paterno is the all-time leader in bowl appearances (34) and wins with a 23-10-1 record.
Penn State improved to 10-3-1 in the series vs. Purdue, winning the last four games. The teams do not meet again until 2011.
Sophomore TB Evan Royster posted his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and fifth of his career. He tied his career high with (141 yards) on 18 carries (7.8). Royster scored his eighth rushing TD of the season on a four-yard run in the third quarter.
TB Evan Royster set career-highs with four catches and 53 yards for a career-best 194 all-purpose yards.
Junior QB Daryll Clark set career-highs with 18 completions on 26 attempts and 220 yards. Clark also ran for a touchdown.
Senior WR Derrick Williams made a game-high five receptions for 52 yards. He has 136 career catches, moving past teammate Jordan Norwood (DNP with strained hamstring) into third place on the Penn State career list.
The Penn State defense held Purdue to 241 yards, 163 yards below its season average of 404.0 entering the game. Purdue gained 83 rushing yards on 33 attempts, becoming the fifth team to fail to gain 100 yards on the ground this season.
The Penn State defense held Purdue without an offensive touchdown for 11 straight quarters, dating to the fourth quarter of the 2005 game in State College, prior to Kory Sheets' fourth quarter TD run.
Penn State held Purdue to a total of six points (12-0 in 2006) in its last two wins in West Lafayette.
Junior LB Josh Hull posted a career-high nine tackles in the first half and ended the game with a career-best 11 stops (all solo), with 2.0 TFL.
Freshman safety Drew Astorino grabbed his second career interception in the third quarter, returning it 29 yards to set-up Kevin' Kelly's second field goal.
Sophomore DE Aaron Maybin has recorded a sack in five of Penn State's six games has seven this season. He led the Big Ten in sacks entering the Purdue game.
Senior DE Josh Gaines posted his fourth sack of the season.
Senor PK Kevin Kelly extended his streak of consecutive games with a field goal to 26 with a 25-yard field goal to end the first half. It was the third time on the season he ended the first half with a field goal as the clock expired for the Nittany Lions.
Kevin Kelly had two field goals to move into a tie for fifth all-time in Big Ten history with Todd Gregoire of Wisconsin (1984-87) with 65 career field goals, a Penn State record.
Penn State out-scored Purdue 10-0 in the second quarter and how now outscored opponents 110-20 in the second quarter this year.