Penn State-Iowa Post-Game Notes

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Oct. 6, 2007

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- The Nittany Lions have won 26 of their last 33 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.

- Penn State has won 18 of its last 19 home games, with the streak beginning with the last game of the 2004 season against Michigan State.

-Today's attendance of 108,951 is the eighth-largest crowd in the history of Beaver Stadium.

- The home team won for just the seventh time in the 20-game Penn State-Iowa series.

- The Penn State defense has allowed 11 touchdowns in the last 12 games.

- Penn State allowed only eight first downs, tied for the fewest allowed by the Lions in Big Ten play since joining the conference in 1993. Iowa also had eight first downs against Penn State in 1996. The Hawkeyes entered the fourth quarter today with only two first downs. FIU had seven first downs in the season opener.

- The Penn State defense allowed only 194 yards, which is the fewest in a Big Ten game since allowing 168 yards to Iowa in 2004.

- Iowa was held to season lows for points (7), rushing (48 yards) and total offense (194). Its previous lows were 13 points (twice), 59 rushing yards and 228 total yards at Wisconsin.

- Penn State has held four opponents to 56 rushing yards or less this season. The Lions are allowing an average of 80.5 rushing yards per game, good for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 8 in the nation.

- Junior linebacker Sean Lee recorded 11 tackles for his fourth consecutive double figure tackle game. He has led or tied for the team lead in tackles five times this season. Lee has 63 tackles, good for second in the Big Ten.

- Senior linebacker Dan Connor made nine tackles, including 2.0 TFL, giving him 332 career hits. He is in third place on the school career list, with Greg Buttle (1973-75) next at 343. Paul Posluszny (2003-06) is the leader with 372 career tackles. Connor's 58 tackles this season are No. 3 in the Big Ten and he is tied for No. 6 in the conference with 8.5 TFL.

- Sophomore defensive end Maurice Evans had 2.0 sacks, giving him team-highs of 11.0 TFL and 5.0 sacks this season. Evans is second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss and No. 6 in sacks.

- Penn State has outscored the opposition 57-7 in the second quarter, including 13-0 vs. Iowa.

- The Nittany Lions have outscored the opposition 65-6 in the third quarter, including 7-0 vs. Iowa.

- Penn State's 489 yards of total offense and 26 first downs were second-highest of the season (549 and 27 vs. FIU).

- The Nittany Lions gained a season-high 256 rushing yards, their highest total since 389 yards vs. Youngstown State last year.

- Penn State had its two longest drives of the year in terms of yardage. In the third quarter, the Lions had an 81-yard scoring drive, while in the second quarter, Penn State had an 80-yard scoring drive. In terms of plays, Penn State's 11-play third quarter touchdown drive tied with three others for the longest drive this season.

- Senior tailback Rodney Kinlaw gained a career-high 168 yards and the second 100-yard rushing game of his career (129 vs. Buffalo). Kinlaw also had a career-high 26 carries and a career-high two rushing touchdowns.

- Rodney Kinlaw's 168 yards are the most by a Nittany Lion since Larry Johnson had 279 yards vs. Michigan State in 2002. Tony Hunt had 167 yards vs. Temple in 2006.

- Redshirt freshman tailback Evan Royster had a career-high 86 yards rushing on a career-best 16 carries.

- Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli had 233 yards passing (18 of 31), giving him eight 200-yard passing games for his career, tying him with Michael Robinson for seventh place at Penn State.

- Junior Kevin Kelly's career-long 53-yard field goal to end the first half was the longest field goal made by a Penn State placekicker since Massimo Manca had a 53-yard field goal vs. Notre Dame in 1985. The last time a Penn State placekicker booted a field goal longer than 53 yards was Herb Menhardt's 54-yard field goal at North Carolina State in 1979.

- Kevin Kelly's 53-yard field goal is tied for the fifth-longest field goal in Nittany Lion history. It also was the first Penn State field goal of at least 50 yards since Robbie Gould made a 50-yarder against Virginia in 2002.

- Kevin Kelly's 53-yard field goal is tied for the longest by a Nittany Lion in Beaver Stadium, along with Manca's kick vs. Notre Dame in 19985.

-Kevin Kelly's two second-quarter field goals give him 48 field goals made for his career, good for second place at Penn State, passing Travis Forney `s 47. First place is 50 field goals made, held by Craig Fayak (1990-93).

-Sophomore wide receiver Brett Brackett made his first career reception in the first quarter.

- The 86-yard drive allowed by Penn State in the fourth quarter was the longest drive allowed by the Nittany Lions in terms of yardage this season.

- The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) host No. 15 Wisconsin (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday for Homecoming. The game will kick at 3:30 p.m. ABC will televise to a regional audience, with other markets receiving the game on ESPN.

 

 

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