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Oct. 15, 2011
- Penn State, at 6-1, is bowl-eligible for the seventh consecutive season and 38th time in 46 years under Joe Paterno, who is the all-time leader in bowl wins (24) and appearances (37; 24-12-1 record).
- The all-time wins leader among FBS coaches, Joe Paterno's career record is 407-136-3 (74.8).
- Penn State (3-0) and Wisconsin (2-0) are the only remaining unbeatens in the Big Ten Leaders Division.
-Penn State is now 11-3-1 all time against Purdue, including having won the last five matchups.
-Penn State is 64-20 (76.2) since the start of the 2005 season. Prior to the Purdue game, Penn State had the 11th-best winning percentage over the past seven seasons.
-Penn State is 66-21-5 on Homecoming, including a 40-6 mark under Joe Paterno. Penn State has now defeated Purdue on Homecoming all four times that the Boilermakers have been the Homecoming opponent (1996, 1998, 2005).
- The Nittany Lions have allowed 81 points in 7 games (11.6 avg.). No. 2 Alabama is the only team to score 20 or more points against Penn State.
- Penn State has won three games by 7 points or less for the first time since also winning three in 2007
-The Nittany Lions had five plays of 20 yards or more, tying a season high (5 at Indiana).
- Purdue entered the game avg. 32.6 ppg and was held 14 points below its average
- Penn State has grabbed 11 interceptions this season. The Nittany Lions had 10 during the 2010 campaign
-The three interceptions grabbed by Penn State are a season-high. Penn State last had three interceptions in a game against Temple last year.
-Penn State's three forced turnovers gives the Nittany Lions 17 for the season. Last year, the Lions forced 17 for the season.
-The Nittany Lions have forced exactly three turnovers in five of the seven games this season (Indiana State, Temple, Eastern Michigan, Iowa and Purdue). In the win over Indiana, Penn State forced two turnovers.
-The touchdown allowed by Penn State in the third quarter was the first allowed by the Nittany Lions in the third stanza this season. Previously, Penn State had only given up three points in the third quarter all season (9 points for the season)
- Penn State has allowed only four touchdowns in the last five games and eight for the season.
-With 33:51 in time of possession, Penn State has won the time of possession battle in five of the seven games this year. Only Alabama and Eastern Michigan had more time of possession than the Nittany Lions.
- The Nittany Lions held the ball for 18:01 in the second half to Purdue's 11:59.
-LB Nate Stupar had his first interception of the season late in the second quarter, and the third of his career. Late in the fourth quarter, he grabbed his second interception of the game and fourth of his career at the Purdue 19 with 1:59 to play.
-The last Penn State player to have two interceptions in one game was Nick Sukay last year against Temple.
-LB Gerald Hodges had a career-best three tackles-for-loss for minus-4 yards. His previous best was 1.5 last season against Florida in the Outback Bowl.
-DT Devon Still had one tackle-for-loss for minus-1 yard. This gives him 10 TFL for the season for minus-47 yards. He entered the game No. 2 in Big Ten in TFL. Still also defelected the pass that Nate Stupar intercepted late in the game.
-DE Sean Stanley had one sack, giving him a team-best three sacks for the season and 5.5 for his career.
-Saf Nick Sukay's third quarter interception was his third of the season (including the second consecutive game) and the eighth of his career.
-TB Silas Redd gained 131 yards on 28 carries. This marks the fourth 100-yard game of the season for Redd, including the past three games, and is the fifth 100-yard game of his career.
-TB Silas Redd is the first Nittany Lion with three consecutive 100-yard games since Evan Royster in 2009 (Minn.-Mich.-Northwestern).
- TB Silas Redd has 402 rushing yards on 85 carries (4.7) in Penn State's last 3 games (3-0 in B1G)
-TB Curtis Dukes scored his first career touchdown in the first quarter on a one-yd run.
-WR Justin Brown had a season-high 86 yards receiving.
-WR Justin Brown's 33-yard punt return in the third quarter was the longest of his career and the longest by a Penn State player this season.
-WR Brandon Moseby-Felder, who started the first game of his career, had a career-best 21-yard grab in the second quarter. Previously, he had two five-yard catches against Indiana last season.
-Moseby-Felder tied a career-best with two catches for a career-best 40 yards.
-FB Michael Zordich's 16-yard pass reception in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career. Previously, he had a 10-yard grab at Minnesota last season.
-PK/P Anthony Fera booted a career-long 40-yard field goal in the third quarter.
-Fera tied a career-high with three field goals. He had three at Indiana earlier this season. Fera is 9 of 10 on field goals, all coming in the last four games.
-Fera's 69-yard punt in the fourth quarter was the second-longest of his career, and is tied for the 12th longest in the Penn State annals (Bob Parsons at Colorado, 1970).
-DB Chaz Powell's 92-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter was his second-longest of the season (95-yard touchdown against Indiana State) and the third longest of his career. Powell also had a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown last season against Temple.
-Penn State will take on Northwestern next Saturday in Evanston at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on BTN. The Nittany Lions lead the series, 11-3.
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