Post Game Notes
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Oct. 10, 2009
- Penn State is now 60-12 (83.3) in non-conference games since starting Big Ten play in 1993.
- Joe Paterno improves his FBS record wins total to 388, with a 388-128-3 record. The EIU game was Penn State's 675th contest since Paterno joined the coaching staff in 1950 (492-176-7 record).
- Eastern Illinois was the 83rd different opponent Joe Paterno has faced as head coach.
- The Nittany Lions have won 31 of their last 34 games in Beaver Stadium dating to a Senior Day win over Michigan State in 2004.
- The Nittany Lions have not allowed a touchdown in the first half of a game this season. The Penn State defense has allowed only five touchdowns overall this year.
- Penn State has held four of its first six opponents to seven points or less for the first time since the 1996 team did so the initial four games of the season.
- Penn State's defense improved in all of the primary statistical categories, dropping its season averages in scoring (10.2 ppg), rushing yards per game (81.8 avg.), passing yards per game (173.8 avg.) and total defense (255.7 ypg). The defense also recorded five sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss, its second-highest total of the season.
- The Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in rushing, scoring and total defense and are second in pass defense. Penn State also leads the conference with 20 sacks.
- Penn State scored 52 points, its most since notching 55 at Syracuse last season. The Nittany Lions' 38 first half points vs. EIU were its most in half since the first half of last year's game with the Orange (also 38).
- The Nittany Lions had 553 yards of total offense, its highest total since recording 557 yards in last year's regular season finale against Michigan State.
- Penn State's 85-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter was the longest scoring drive of the season for the Nittany Lions in terms of yards.
- Penn State scored on its opening drive of the game for the fourth time this season. All of the scores have been touchdowns.
- Penn State had a season-high seven plays of 20 or more yards from scrimmage.
- The blocked punt by Andrew Dailey in the second quarter was the first punt blocked by the Nittany Lions since Nate Stupar blocked a punt against Indiana last season.
- LB Navorro Bowman's 91-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was Penn State's first fumble recovery for a touchdown since Tony Davis had an 88-yard fumble return for a score in the 2007 Outback Bowl against Tennessee.
- Bowman's fumble recovery was Penn State's longest scoring fumble recovery since the NCAA began permitting fumble returns in 1990. It. It was also the longest scoring play for the Lions since Derrick Williams had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Illinois in 2008.
- Penn State has had at least three other returns (all interceptions) by the defense of at least 90 yards all-time:
- 98, Wayne Berfield at Boston Univ., 1958
- 91, Mark Robinson at Pitt, 1981
- 90, Alan Zemaitis at Purdue, 2003
- DT Jared Odrick had two sacks, tying his career-best (Iowa 2008). Odrick recorded a career-high 3.5 tackles-for-loss for (-17) yards. He is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with 4.0 sacks and is ninth with 7.0 TFL.
- LB Josh Hull had 11 tackles, his fifth straight game he has had at least 10 tackles, and the fourth straight game he has led the Nittany Lions in hits. Hull has a team-high 63 tackles to rank No. 3 in the Big Ten.
- QB Daryll Clark was responsible for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), giving him 49 total touchdowns in his career (31 passing, 18 rushing). He is now in third place at Penn State, passing Tony Sacca (41 passing, 6 rushing) vs EIU.
- Clark had the ninth 200-yard passing game of his career , tying him with Wally Richardson and Todd Blackledge for sixth place at Penn State. Penn State is 8-1 games when he throws for at least 200 yards.
- Clark's three touchdown passes give him 31 for his career, moving him into a tie for sixth place with Anthony Morelli for career touchdown passes at Penn State. The 2008 first team All-Big Ten quarterback has thrown 20 touchdown passes in the last nine games.
- Clark now has 18 rushing touchdowns in his career, second best by a quarterback at Penn State, trailing only Michael Robinson, who had 20.
- Clark leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency (143.0 rating) and is tied for the conference lead with 12 touchdown passes (with Purdue's Joey Elliott).
- TB Evan Royster had 94 yards rushing, all in the first half, giving him 2,253 yards for his career, and moving him past Charlie Pittman (2,236 yards) for 13th place in the Penn State annals.
- Evan Royster is No. 3 in the Big Ten at 84.0 ypg and his 5.8 per carry average is second-best among the conference's top 10 rushers.
- DE Jack Crawford recorded a sack for minus-15 yards in his two tackles. For the season, he is tied for second in the Big in sacks (4.5) and his fifth in TFL (8.5).
- LB Chris Colasanti had a career-high six tackles. He also recorded the first sack of his career in the second quarter.
- CB D'Anton Lynn had a career-high five tackles.
- CB A.J. Wallace's second quarter interception was the third of his career. Wallace also had a career-high seven tackles.
- WR Brett Brackett's second quarter touchdown pass was the second of his career.
- True reshman WR Justin Brown recorded his first career catch in the first quarter. Brown made three catches for 45 yards and had three punt returns for 24 yards, including a 20-yard effort.
- True freshman QB Kevin Newsome had his first career rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
- Safety Andrew Dailey recorded the first punt block of his career.
- OT Ako Poti made his first career start, the 17th player to make his first career start for Penn State this season.
- With Ako Poti's start, Penn State has had four different starting offensive lines in the first six games, including three different starters at right tackle.
- DT Jordan Hill became the eighth true freshman to play for Penn State this season.
- Penn State will host Minnesota (4-c2, 2-1) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the 90th annual Homecoming game. The teams are meeting for the first time since Penn State's 28-27 overtime win in 2006. The Lions lead the series, 6-4. The game will be televised regionally on ABC and air on ESPN outside the ABC coverage area.