Postgame Notes

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Oct. 12, 2008

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  • Penn State improved to 7-0, its best start since the 1999 season when the Nittany Lions started 9-0. It marks the 11th time Penn State has started a season 7-0 under Coach Joe Paterno.

  • Penn State posted its first road win over a ranked opponent (Wisconsin was No. 24 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll) since a 34-31 win at No. 19 Wisconsin in 2002.

  • Penn State's 48 points were its most against a ranked opponent since a 63-14 win over No. 21 Ohio State in 1994.

  • Joe Paterno has won 379 career games. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is second with 377 wins among major college coaches.

  • The Nittany Lions have won 38 of their last 47 games, the sixth-best record in the national over that span.

  • Penn State caused a season-high four turnovers (2 interceptions, 2 fumbles).

  • Penn State's 24 first half points were its most in the first half of a Big Ten road game since posting 56 at Illinois in 2005.

  • The Nittany Lions held Wisconsin to seven points, 21.8 points below its season average entering the game. Penn State held the Badgers to 148 rushing yards, well below their season average of 210.6 ypg entering the contest.

  • Sophomore DE Aaron Maybin made six tackles (five solo), with 3.5 TFL (minus-15), a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry. Maybin posted one sack (officially) in the game to improve his NCAA-leading solo sack total to eight this season.

  • Maybin forced two fumbles, one on a hit on Wisconsin QB Allan Evridge, which Penn State recovered at the 16 and then took in for a touchdown and a 24-7 lead just before halftime. Maybin also forced a fumble on his sack in the fourth quarter.

  • Senior QB Daryll Clark threw for a career-high 244 yards, completing 16-of-25 for one touchdown and an interception. Clark had three completions of 20 yards or more during the Lions' 82-yard scoring drive in the third quarter for a 38-7 lead, capping it with a 44-yard TD pass to Deon Butler.

  • QB Daryll Clark scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, his first multiple rushing touchdown game of his career. It brings his season total to six rushing touchdowns. He also had one passing touchdown in the game and has 10 passing touchdowns for a total of 16 touchdowns responsible for on the year.

  • Senior WR Derrick Williams delivered his third kick return for a touchdown this season with his 63-yard TD return in the second quarter for a 17-0 lead. It marked his fifth career return of a kick (3 punts, 2 kickoffs) for a touchdown, a Paterno era record. It was also his third (2 kickoffs, 1 punt) of the season.

  • Derrick Williams moved into 11th all-time in receiving yardage with 1,524 on his career.

  • Senior WR Deon Butler's 44-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the 18th of his career, good for third all-time at Penn State.

  • WR Deon Butler moved into ninth all-time in receiving yardage with 1,754 in his career.

  • TB Evan Royster scored his ninth rushing touchdown of the season in the first half. Rodney Kinlaw's 10 rushing touchdowns led Penn State last year.

  • Senior PK Kevin Kelly kicked his third field goal of 50 yards or more of his career and his second of the season with a 50-yard boot in the first quarter. The kick extend his school record streak of consecutive games with at least one field goal to 27.

  • Kevin Kelly had two field goals on the game (50 & 30) bringing his career total to a Penn State record of 67. His career total ranks tied for fourth all-time in Big Ten history with Nate Keading of Iowa (2000-03).

  • CB Lydell Sargeant intercepted two passes in the game, giving him five for his career. He grabbed his second interception at the PSU 1, returning it 55 yards.

  • DT Ollie Ogbu recorded his second sack of the season on a third and four in the first quarter, it was his second consecutive tackle for loss on the drive.

  • WR Brett Brackett's 20-yard reception on the opening drive tied his career long.

  • WR James McDonald's 25-yard third-down catch for a first down in the third quarter was a career long.

  • DT Jared Odrick posted two pass break-ups on the game.

  • Penn State hosts Michigan on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for Homecoming. ESPN will televise.

 

 

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