Penn State-Wisconsin Post-Game Notes
Oct. 13, 2007
- Penn State held Wisconsin below 10 points for the first time since the Badgers lost 30-7 to Iowa in 2004.
- The Nittany Lion defense has allowed only two touchdowns and two field goals over the last 10 quarters and a total of 12 touchdowns over the past 13 games.
- The Penn State defense is in the top 10 nationally in rushing (9th, 81.4 ypg); scoring (5th, 12.7 ppg) and total (7th, 264.3 ypg). The Nittany Lions have held four of their initial seven opponents to 10 points or less.
- The Penn State offense had 11 plays from scrimmage that gained 15 or more yards vs. Wisconsin (three good for 20 or more yards).
- For the season, the Nittany Lions have 32 plays from scrimmage that have gained 20 or more yards (24 passes, 8 rushes).
- Penn State has won 27 of its last 34 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season (wins over Indiana and Michigan State).
-Penn State is now 63-20-5 in Homecoming games, including a 37-5 mark under coach Joe Paterno.
-Penn State has won 19 of its last 20 games at Beaver Stadium, dating to a win over Michigan State in the final game of the 2004 season.
- The Nittany Lions have beaten their last two ranked opponents - No. 15/19 Wisconsin and No. 17 Tennessee in the 2007 Outback Bowl. Penn State's last victory over a ranked Big Ten foe was a 35-14 win over No. 14 Wisconsin in 2005.
- The Nittany Lions earned their largest victory over a ranked opponent since beating No. 8 Nebraska, 40-7, in 2002.
-Penn State forced three turnovers in a half for the second time this season (forced three fumbles against Florida International in the first quarter in the opening game).
-Penn State's defense had five sacks, giving the Lions 29 for the season.
-The Nittany Lion defense held Wisconsin to 87 yards on the ground, which is 105 yards below its season average on the ground of 192 yards entering the game. Penn State also held Wisconsin tailback P.J. Hill to 75 yards on the ground, which is 50 yards below his season average of 125 ypg.
-Penn State scored its opening touchdown at the 13:39 mark of the first quarter today. The last time that the Lions met Wisconsin in Beaver Stadium (Nov. 5, 2005) Penn State scored a touchdown at the 13:22 mark of the first quarter, on a 43-yard pass from Michael Robinson to Deon Butler.
-Penn State scored its most points (38) in a Big Ten game since scoring 63 at Illinois in 2005.
-The Nittany Lions have outscored the opposition 71-7 in the second quarter this season (14-0 today) and have outscored its opponents 72-6 in the third quarter this season (7-0) today.
- The Nittany Lions were 5 of 5 in the Red Zone, improving to 30 of 35 (85.7) for the season (20 TD, 10 FG).
-Penn State scored on its opening drive of each half for the first time this season.
-The Nittany Lions recorded 27 first downs today, which ties a season high set earlier this season against Florida International.
- Penn State had a season-low one penalty for 10 yards. The Lions entered game leading the Big Ten in fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards per game.
- Junior LB Sean Lee had 12 tackles today, his fifth consecutive game with at least 10 tackles. The last time a Penn State player had at least 10 tackles in five straight games was Paul Posluszny in the last four games of 2004 and the first game of 2005. (10 vs. Ohio State, 10 vs. Northwestern, 13 vs. Indiana, 15 vs. Michigan State and 10 vs. USF). Lee also notched one sack, two tackles-for-loss (TFL) and one fumble recovery.
- Sophomore DE Maurice Evans had three TFL and two sacks today, giving him 14 TFL for the season, with seven sacks.
- Senior LB Dan Connor finished today's game with 12 tackles, including one sack and one TFL. He now has 344 career tackles, which is second best at Penn State, passing Greg Buttle (343). Connor trails only former teammate Paul Posluszny (372) on the career tackle list.
- Junior CB Lydell Sargeant recorded his second interception of the season and the third of his career in the second quarter.
- Senior TB Rodney Kinlaw notched the third 100-yard rushing game of his career, and his third in five weeks, with his 23-carry, 115-yard performance today.
- Senior WR Terrell Golden had a career-high four receptions by the end of the first quarter. He finished the game with five receptions for a career-high 83 yards.
-Junior WR Deon Butler recorded his 12th career touchdown catch in the second quarter, moving him into sole possession of sixth place for career touchdown receptions at Penn State. Terry Smith and Joe Jurevicius are tied for fourth place with 15 touchdown receptions each.
- Deon Butler had seven receptions today, giving him 111 for his career, and moving him from eighth place to fourth place for career receptions in the Penn State record books. In third place is Jack Curry, with 117 receptions.
-Butler's 93 receiving yards today give him 1,708 for his career, which is eighth best career receiving yards at Penn State. He trails Terry Smith (1,825 yards) for seventh place.
- Senior QB Anthony Morelli had 16 pass completions today, moving him into sixth place in the Nittany Lion annals for career pass completions with 351. Kerry Collins is in fifth place with 370 completions.
-With his one touchdown pass today, Morelli now has 22 career touchdown passes, which is tied for 12th place at Penn State with Mike McQueary.
-Morelli had 216 yards passing today, which marks his ninth career 200-yard passing game, tying him for fifth at Penn State with Todd Blackledge and Wally Richardson. Chuck Fusina and Tony Sacca are tied for third with 11 200-yard passing games.
-PK Kevin Kelly was one for two on field goal attempts today. The one made field goal gives him 49 for his career, which keeps him in second place at Penn State, only behind Craig Fayak's 50 FGM. Kelly now has 73 field goal attempts for his career, which is also the second most at Penn State, also trailing Fayak's 80 attempts.
-Today's attendance of 109,754 is the sixth biggest in the history of Beaver Stadium. Six of the seven largest crowds in stadium history have been in the last three seasons. Only the largest crowd of 110,753 against Nebraska in 2002 occurred earlier.
- Penn State visits Indiana on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. for the first meeting between the schools since 2004. The game will air on ESPN, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com.