Postgame Notes

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Oct. 9, 2010

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TEAM

- Illinois won for the first time in seven games in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions lead the series with the Fighting Illini, 14-4.

- Penn State is 54-16 (77.1) since the start of the 2005 season, entering the day with the nation's No. 9 winning percentage.

- The Nittany Lions have won 36 of their last 41 games in Beaver Stadium dating to the 2004 Michigan State game.

-Penn State saw its five-game Homecoming Game winning streak snapped. Penn State is 65-21-5 all time on Homecoming and the Nittany Lions are 39-6 under Joe Paterno.

-Penn State has dropped back-to-back games for the first time since losing at Michigan and at Illinois to open Big Ten play in 2007.

- The Nittany Lions are 12-2 in their next game following a loss since the start of the 2005 season.

-The margin of defeat was the largest for the Nittany Lions since dropping a 37-17 game to Ohio State in 2007.

-LB Khairi Fortt made his first career start today, becoming the first true freshman to start at linebacker for Penn State since Dan Connor against Purdue in 2004. Fortt became the 14th player to make their first career start this season, and just the second true-freshman to earn a start (Rob Bolden, QB).

OFFENSE

-RB Evan Royster's 35 yards give him 3,306 yards for his career, moving him into third place in the Penn State annals. Royster trails only Tony Hunt (3,320 yards) and Curt Warner (3,398 yards) in the Nittany Lion record books and stands 93 yards shy of eclipsing Warner's all-time mark.

- WR Derek Moye's 80-yard touchdown pass from QB Rob Bolden was Penn State's longest play from scrimmage since an 80-yard touchdown reception by Stephfon Green against Michigan in 2008. The 80-yard reception was a career-long reception for Moye and a career-long pass for Bolden.

- Moye posted his fourth career 100-yard receiving game, and first of the season, with three catches for 106 yards and 1 TD. Four 100-yard receiving games tie him with Ted Kwalick and Jordan Norwood for ninth-most in PSU history.

- Penn State was held to a season-low 235 yards of offense, its lowest output since being held to 201 yards by Ohio State in Beaver Stadium last season.

- Penn State ran 52 plays, its fewest since being held to 49 plays by Ohio State in 2007.

- Penn State's time of possession of 21:48 was its lowest since having 21:43 of possession against Akron in 2006.

- Penn State had seven first downs, the second-fewest by the Nittany Lions under Joe Paterno. The Nittany Lions had six first downs against Iowa in 2004.

DEFENSE

- Nine Nittany Lion defenders in the two-deep rotation were either inactive due to injury or left today's game with an injury. Among those who did not see action were: DE Jack Crawford, LB Mike Mauti, LB Bani Gbadyu & LB Gerald Hodges. Among those who left the game with an injury today were: DE Eric Latimore, DE Pete Massaro, DT Jordan Hill, Saf Nick Sukay & Saf Andrew Dailey. Also, leading tackler LB Chris Colasanti has played the last two games with a broken hand.

-LB Chris Colasanti made a career-high 18 tackles. It was the most tackles by a Nittany Lion since Dan Connor had 18 tackles against Temple in 2007 and the most in a Big Ten game since Connor had 18 stops vs. Ohio State in 2007.

- Other career high tackle totals were recorded on the day by true freshman LB Khairi Fortt (11), redshirt freshman Saf Malcolm Willis (6) and true freshman LB Glenn Carson (5).

-Michael Zordich grabbed his first career fumble recovery late in the second quarter to set-up a field goal.

-Jacob Fagnano recorded his first career fumble recovery in the first quarter to set-up a field goal.

-The Illinois touchdown in the third quarter were the first points allowed by Penn State in the third quarter this season.

- The Illini's 282 rushing yards were the most against Penn State since Minnesota had 288 in 2004.

SPECIAL TEAMS

- Kicker Collin Wagner made both of his field goal attempts, making him 13 of 15 for the season. He entered the day with a nation's leading 11 field goals this season.

OPPONENT
-Illinois' Derek Dimke's 50-yard field goal in the second quarter was the longest allowed by Penn State since Ohio State's Ryan Pretorius had a 50-yard boot in 2007.

UP NEXT

-Penn State will have an off week next Saturday before visiting Minnesota on October 23, Penn State's first game in Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. The kick time and TV for the contest with the Golden Gophers will likely be announced on Monday.

- Penn State is 31-16 in games after an open date under Joe Paterno, winning 13 of its last 18 since 1994.

 

 

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