Penn State Post-Game Notes @ Northwestern

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Oct. 23, 2011

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TEAM
-Penn State leads the series with Northwestern, 12-3, winning the last five in the series.
-Penn State is 65-20 (76.5) since 2005, tied with Wisconsin for the nation's 10th-best winning pct. over the past seven seasons.
-Penn State is 11-2 in Big Ten road games the past four seasons; 13-4 overall in regular season games away from Beaver Stadium
-Penn State improves t-18-8 in regular season night road games; 37-22 at night overall
-Penn State is 5-0 in games decided by 10 points or less this season, its most wins in such games since the 2005 squad was 5-1
-The Nittany Lions have forced 18 turnovers this year, surpassing their 2010 total of 17.
-Penn State posted a season-high with seven sacks, bettering the five the Lions had in the win over Iowa. Penn State posted back-to-back sacks on three occasions vs. the Wildcats.
oThe Penn State defense held Northwestern scoreless in the third quarter and has allowed just nine third quarter points this year.
-The Nittany Lions shut out Northwestern in the second half for the second consecutive year (trailed 21-0 in 2010 and won 35-21)
-Penn State's 34 points were tied for its second-highest of the season
-Penn State's 27 points in the first half were its second-highest of the season (28 vs. Indiana State).
-Penn State's 14 points in the first quarter were its most in the first quarter this season.
-Penn State scored a TD on its first offensive possession of the game for the third time on the season (Indiana State & Purdue).
-Penn State's defense gave up the longest plays against it on the ground and through the air. Kain Colter's 45-yard run marks the longest run and Dan Persa's 54-yard pass t-Jeremy Ebert marked the longest pass.

Joe Paterno
-Joe Patern-won his 408th game (408-136-3) t-tie former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson for first in NCAA Division I wins (2nd all-time among all NCAA Divisions)
-Joe Patern-coached in his 700th game as a member of the Penn State coaching staff. He has been on the staff for 703 games, having missed only three games in his 62 seasons on the staff.

OFFENSE
-TB Silas Redd posted a career-high with with 164 yards on 18 carries (9.1), topping his total of 142 posted earlier this year vs. Iowa.
-TB Silas Redd posted his fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game (all 125 yards or more) and his fifth of the season (6th career). Redd's 42-yard burst in the second quarter put him over the century mark and als-marked a career-long run. He had 119 yards at the half and
-Silas Redd is the first Nittany Lion since Tony Hunt in 2006 t-post four-straight 100-yard rushing games.
-Silas Redd's career-high 164 rushing yards led all B1G players this week...Redd has 566 yards on 103 att (5.5 avg) in last 4 games
-Devon Smith equaled his previous career high in catches with five in the first half. He finished the game with a career-best 6 catches for a career-high 110 yards, the second-highest total among B1G receivers this week.
-WR Devon Smith made his 2nd TD catch of the season on a 45-yard completion from Matt McGloin. He als-has a 71-yard TD catch on the year.
-WR Justin Brown's TD catch on the Lions' opening drive was his first TD catch of the season and the second of his career.
-TB Stephfon Green scored his first TD of the season on just his third carry of the year. It marked his 9th career rushing TD and his first since the Lions' season opener vs. Youngstown State last year.
-QB Matt McGloin made his first start of the season and the sixth start of his career. He made his first start since the 2011 Outback Bowl.

DEFENSE
-LB Gerald Hodges posted a career high in tackles with 14 (8 solo), bettering the 11 he posted vs. Indiana earlier this year. Hodges had 10 tackles at the half. His tackle total was the most by a Penn State player on the year and the most since Chris Colasanti had 18 vs. Illinois last season.
-LB Gerald Hodges grabbed his first career interception in the third quarter on a tipped pass by Jordan Hill and returned it 63 yards t-the Northwestern 19, setting up a Penn State touchdown on the next play.
-DT Jordan Hill recorded a career-high tw-sacks (minus-24) among his 6 tackles (5 solo).
-DT Devon Still recorded 2.0 TFL (1 sack), increasing his season total t-12.0 TFL, second-highest in Big Ten.
-CB D'Anton Lynn made a season-high 9 tackles.

-Penn State (7-1, 4-0) hosts Illinois (6-2, 2-2) in a critical Leaders Division clash on Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. The game will air on ABC (ESPN2 in outer markets), the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com

 

 

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