Penn State earned its 10th 8-0 start under Joe Paterno with today's victory and began a Big Ten season 4-0 for the fourth time. Penn State opened up 5-0 in Big Ten play in 1999, 4-0 in 1997 and went 8-0 in the Big Ten in 1994.
Penn State has won 39 of its last 48 games, the nation's sixth best record over that span. Penn State is now 64-20-5 on Homecoming, winning 38 of 43 under Joe Paterno.
Today's attendance of 110,017 is the fourth largest in the history of Beaver Stadium, and the largest since 110,134 saw Penn State play Ohio State last season. It is the ninth largest crowd to ever see Penn State play.
Penn State's 46 points mark the most points that the Lions have ever scored against Michigan. The previous high was 31 at Michigan in 1994 (a 31-24 in Ann Arbor). The margin of victory (29) was the largest in the series.
After Michigan's first three drives, which all resulted in scores and a total of 204 yards, Penn State limited Michigan to 87 yards, seven punts and a turnover over the remaining 43:10 of game action.
Penn State recorded six scoring drives that took 2:11 or less in the game. For the season Penn State has recorded 45 scoring drives that consumed 3:00 or less.
Penn State went 5-of-5 in the red zone on the day with three touchdowns and two field goals. Penn State is now a Big Ten leading 41 of 44 (32 TD, 9 FG) in the red zone on the season (93%) and lead the nation in red zone trips and scores. The Lions have been perfect in the red zone in five games.
Penn State trailed 17-14 at the end of the first half, its first time trailing at the half this season, but outscored UM 32-0 in the second half running off 39 unanswered points after trailing 17-7.
After recording 81 yards in the first quarter, Penn State reeled of 401 yards of offense in the final three quarters to end the game with 482 yards on 71 plays, an average of 6.8 yards per play.
Penn State recorded 13 tackles for loss in the game, with nine different players recording a TFL led by Jared Odrick's 2.5.
Penn State scored 32 second half points. The last time that Penn State scored at least 32 points in a second half was in the season opener of the 2007 season against Florida International, when the Nittany Lions scored 35.
Third quarter scoring for Penn State this season is now 87-13.
The Jared Odrick's safety in the third quarter was the first for the Lions since Dan Connor had a sack in the end zone against Illinois in 2006.
The Nittany Lions have scored 51 points off of turnovers this season (six touchdowns and three field goals). The Lions have scored off of a turnover in seven of their eight games this season, including a fourth quarter TD following a fumble recovery vs. Michigan.
Penn State has scored in the last two minutes of the first half in seven of its eight games this season, notching three touchdowns and four field goals (TDs vs. Michigan, at Wisconsin and vs. Oregon State; FGs at Purdue, vs. Temple, at Syracuse and vs. Coastal Carolina).
Evan Royster had a career-high 174 yards rushing today on 18 carries (9.7 avg.). It was Royster's fifth 100-yard rushing game this season and the sixth of his career. Royster had 112 yards on 10 carries at halftime.
Royster's 174 yards rushing are the most by a Nittany Lion since Larry Johnson had 279 against Michigan State in 2002.
Evan Royster's 44-yard touchdown in the first quarter was the longest run of his career.
Aaron Maybin's fourth quarter sack gives him an NCAA Leading 10 for the season. Maybin forced a fumble on the play, his third of the season, setting up a Penn State touchdown five plays later.
Maurice Evans had one sack today, giving him 16 for his career, which ties him with Shane Conlan for 14th all-time at Penn State.
Navorro Bowman (11) and Tyrell Sales (10), five in the first quarter, equaled career highs in tackles. Bowman led the team in tackles for the sixth time on the season posting his fourth double-digit tackle game.
Deon Butler had a season high with eight catches today, the second-highest total of his career (11 for 216 yards against Northwestern in 2006). Butler had 105 yards receiving today, giving him four career 100-yard receiving games..
The 80-yard touchdown pass from Pat Devlin to Stephfon Green in the fourth quarter is tied for the fifth-longest pass play in Penn State history, and was the first 80-yard offensive play from scrimmage since Larry Johnson had an 84-yard run against Illinois in 2002 (double-check this). It was a career-long for both players.
Nate Stupar recorded his first career punt-block today in the third quarter. He tackled the punter earlier this season vs. Oregon State.
Daryll Clark recorded his second consecutive two-rushing touchdown game, and now has eight rushing touchdowns this season. He also has 11 passing TD on the season for a total of 19 TD on the season.
Kevin Kelly's third quarter field goal marked the 28th straight game that Kelly has kicked a field goal, extending his school record.
Kelly's 14 points today (three field goals, five extra points) move him into the lead in the Big Ten career annals for kick scoring with 376 points.
Kelly's three field goals on the day give him 70 for his career, which moves him into third place in the Big Ten record books for career field goals, just two behind all-time leader Mike Nugent of Ohio State (2001-04). It also marks his seventh career game with three or more field goals.
Penn State will take on Ohio State next Saturday at 8:00 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ABC.