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Oct. 17, 2009

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- The Nittany Lions are 46-12 (79.3) since the start of the 2005 season, the ninth-best winning percentage (79.3) in the nation over the past five seasons. Penn State has won 48 of its last 60 games dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.

- Penn State has won 32 of its last 35 games in Beaver Stadium and has an overall mark of 241-58 (80.6) in the facility. The Ohio State game on Nov. 7 will be the 300th contest in Beaver Stadium since it opened in 1960.

- The Nittany Lions did not have a turnover for the first time this season.

- Penn State's shutout was its 40th under Joe Paterno.

-The shutout of Minnesota was the first by the Nittany Lions since winning at Temple, 31-0, in 2007. It was the first shutout in a Big Ten game since winning at Purdue, 12-0, in 2006, and was Penn State's first shutout in a Big Ten home game since defeating Northwestern, 49-0, on Homecoming in 2002.

-The Penn State defense has not allowed a first-half touchdown yet this season and only five touchdowns overall. Penn State is the nation's only team that has not allowed a first half touchdown this season (120 FBS schools).

- Penn State has allowed a total of six touchdowns this season, tied for second-best nationally with Mississippi. Florida is the leader with only four touchdowns allowed and leads No. 2 Penn State nationally in scoring defense at 8.67 ppg.

- The Nittany Lions have held five of their first seven opponents to seven points or less for the first time since the 1956 team held seven of its nine opponents to seven points or fewer.

- The Penn State defense improved in all of the primary statistical categories and leads the Big Ten in all the major Big Ten defensive categories: scoring (8.71 ppg), rushing yards per game (75.4 avg.), passing yards per game (163.4 avg) and total defense (238.9 ypg), tackles for losses (59, 8.4 avg.) and sacks (21 (3.0 avg.).

- The Nittany Lion defense is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in all the major statistical categories: scoring (2nd), rushing (6th), passing (14th) and total defense (5th), as well as TFL (7th) and sacks (T 11th).

-Penn State allowed the Golden Gophers only 7 first downs, tied for 10th lowest in the Joe Paterno era. It was the fewest first downs allowed by the Nittany Lions since Penn State gave up 6 to Indiana last season.

- Minnesota's 40 plays were the fewest by a Penn State opponent since at least the 1977 season.

-The 18 rushing attempts by Minnesota were the second-lowest number of rushing attempts by an opponent against Penn State since Joe Paterno became coach in 1966. Only Michigan State's 15 rushing attempts in 2006 were fewer.

-Penn State allowed just 101 passing yards to the Golden Gophers, the fewest passing yards allowed since giving up 57 to Indiana last season.

-The 138 yards given up by Penn State was the lowest total offense by an opponent since Temple had 138 yards last season. The 138 yards were a season low for Minnesota.

-The Nittany Lions had 5 tackles-for-loss, led by Navorro Bowman who had 2 TFL for (minus-4) yards and Jared Odrick who had 1.5 TFL for (minus-12) yards, including a sack for (minus-11 yards).

-Penn State's 41:59 time of possession was its most since having 42:01 against Brigham Young in 1991.

-Penn State had a season-high eight plays of at least 20 yards. The Nittany Lions had seven last week against Eastern Illinois and have 34 plays of 20 yards or more for the season.

- Daryll Clark is the only Big Ten quarterback ranked in the top 4 of the three primary statistical categories: pass efficiency (2nd, 144.3 rating), passing yardage (3rd, 236.3 ypg), total offense (253.3 ypg). Clark's 13 touchdown passes are second in the conference to Purdue's Joey Elliott, who has 14.

- Daryll Clark had his 10th career 200-yard passing game, finishing with 287 yards, the third-highest total of his career. The 10, 200-yard passing games give him sole possession of sixth place at Penn State, trailing three quarterbacks tied for third with 11. Penn State is 9-1 in games when Clark passes for at least 200 yards.

- Daryll Clark was responsible for two touchdowns (1 passing, 1 rushing) giving him 51 for his career (32 passing, 19 rushing) and moving him into a tie with Todd Blackledge (41 passing, 10 rushing) for second place at Penn State. Zack Mills is the leader in the Penn State record books with 52 touchdowns (41 passing, 11 rushing).

- Clark's 295 yards of total offense (287 passing, 8 rushing) give him 4,920 for his career, moving him into seventh place at Penn State ahead of Todd Blackledge's 4,911 yards. He trails Anthony Morelli (5,154 yards) for sixth place.

-TB Evan Royster recorded his ninth career 100-yard rushing game and his third of the season, finishing with 137 yards on 23 carries. Penn State is 9-0 when Royster rushes for more than 100 yards.

-Royster has 2,390 yards rushing at Penn State, moving him into 12th place in the Nittany Lion annals. He trails Eric McCoo (2,518 yards) for 11th place.

-WR Derek Moye notched his second career 100-yard receiving game with his six catches for 120 yards today.

-Moye tied a career high with six receptions today. He had six earlier this season against Akron for a career-best 143 yards.

-LB Sean Lee had two tackles today, tying him with Brandon Short for eighth place on the career tackle list with 273. John Skorupan and Shane Conlan are tied for sixth place with 274 tackles.

-PK Collin Wagner booted a career-long 47-yard field goal in the first quarter. He also had a career-high (two) field goals .

-Saf. Cedric Jeffries made his first career start and is the 18th first-time starter this season.

- The Nittany Lions are 17 of 17 in the Red Zone the past five games (14 TD, 3 FG).

- Penn State has not allowed a sack the past three games. The Nittany Lions have allowed seven sacks this season, second-lowest in the Big Ten (MSU, 6).

-Penn State's 91-yard drive in the second quarter was the longest by the Nittany Lions this season for yards.

- The Nittany Lions are eligible for their 36th bowl appearance under Joe Paterno, who is the all-time leader in bowl appearances (35) and victories (23).

- Penn State leads the series with Minnesota, 7-4, winning the last three games.

-Penn State is 65-20-5 in Homecoming games all-time and 39-5 under Coach Joe Paterno.

-The Minnesota game was the coldest Homecoming game for Penn State since Joe Paterno became head coach in 1966. Game-time temperature was 37 degrees. The previous coldest was on November 6, 1993 when Penn State hosted Indiana in its first Homecoming game in the Big Ten era. The high temperature that day was 42 degrees.

-Penn State will travel to Michigan (5-2, 1-2) on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kick. The game will be televised regionally on ABC (ESPN outside the ABC coverage area).

 

 

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