Penn State Game Notes at Illinois
Penn State improved to 14-3 all-time vs. Illinois, having won five of the last six meetings and 11 of 13 in Big Ten play. Penn State is 7-3 all-time at Illinois.
Penn State is 44-12 (78.5) since the start of the 2005 season, the nation's ninth-best record.
The Nittany Lions are 21-5 (80.7) since losing at Illinois on Sept. 29, 2007, among the nation's best records over that span.
Penn State is 10-1 in its next game after a loss since the start of the 2005 season (11-1 if include 2009 season opening win over Akron).
The Nittany Lions are 5-1 on the road the last two seasons.
Joe Paterno improved his FBS all-time leading career victory total to 387 with a 387-128-3 record.
Penn State held Illinois to three first half points and has yet to give up a touchdown in the first half this season. Opponents have scored a total of 11 first half points against Penn State this year, an average of 2.2 per game.
The Nittany Lion defense has allowed a total of five touchdowns in five games.
Penn State's rushing total of 338 yards was a season high, surpassing the previous high of 186 yards vs. Temple, and was Penn State's highest rushing total since gaining 389 yards vs. Youngstown State in 2006. The Nittany Lions had three players with over 80 yards rushing vs. the Illini.
TB Stephon Green's 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was Penn State's longest running play in 14 games, since Green bolted 69 yards for a TD vs. Temple last season.
Green posted his second career 100-yard rushing game and had a career high in carries. Green finished with 13 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown.
TB Evan Royster posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and the eighth of his career tying him with Richie Anderson, Larry Johnson and Matt Suhey for 12th all-time in 100-yard games at Penn State. Royster posted 105 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries vs. Illinois.
Royster and Green became the first pair of Nittany Lions to rush for 100 yards in the same game since TB Tony Hunt (151) and QB Michael Robinson (125) did so vs. Wisconsin in 2005.
The last time two Nittany Lion running backs ran for 100 yards in the same game was Tony Hunt (137) and Austin Scott (116) vs. Akron in 2004.
The Illinois game was the first time two Penn State running backs have eclipsed 100 rushing yards in a conference game. It was the third time two Nittany Lions have gained 100 rushing yards in a Big Ten game (Tony Hunt and Michael Robinson vs. Minnesota and Wisconsin, 2005).
RB Evan Royster moved into 14th all-time in career rushing yardage at Penn State passing Booker Moore (2,072) on the day. Royster has now run for 2,159 yards in his career.
QB Daryll Clark moved up to eighth all-time on the Penn State career passing charts, move past Kevin Thompson (3,710 yards) and now has 3,872 career passing yards. Clark also moved into eighth all-time on Penn State career total offense list passing Wally Richardson (4,182) and John Hufnagel (4,212) and now has 4,380 career yards.
Clark's 51-yard run in the third quarter was a career-long. Clark finished with a career-best 83 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries for the day. His previous career high was 61 yards vs. Oregon State last season. Clark also equaled a career high with two rushing TD when he plunged in from a yard out to start the fourth quarter.
Clark's 1-yard TD plunge in the fourth quarter was the 45th touchdown he was responsible for in his career, moving him past Chuck Fusina (44) for fourth all-time at Penn State.
P Jeremy Boone's 66-yard punt downed on the Illini three-yard line in the first quarter was the third longest of his career and ranks 17th all-time at Penn State. Boone owns 3 of the top 17 longest punts in school history.
With his first catch in the first quarter, TE Andrew Quarless surpassed his previous career-best season catch total of 11 posted last season. The catch marked his 12th on the season. Quarless had five catches vs. Illinois, equaling a career high, and now has 16 on the year.
LB Josh Hull led Penn State in tackles for the third straight game, posting 11 on the day, and recorded his fourth-straight double-digit tackle game.
Penn State got career high tackle totals on the day from Bani Gbadyu (8), Eric Latimore (5) and Knowledge Timmons (5).
DE Jack Crawford recorded his third sack of the year late in the first half dropping Juice Williams for a 15-yard loss plus a penalty for intentional grounding that moved the Illini back to the 43-yard line and out of field goal range.
CB Stephon Morris made his first career interception on the final play of the first half, returning it 70 yards from the PSU 2 before being tackled.
Penn State hosts Eastern Illinois (4-1) on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 12:00 p.m. for its final non-conference game. The first meeting between the schools will be televised by ESPN Classic.
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Oct. 3, 2009
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