Penn State Game Notes at Michigan
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Oct. 24, 2009
- Penn State is 47-12 (79.6) since the start of the 2005 season, the No. 9 winning percentage in the nation.
- Penn State is 6-1 on the road in the last two seasons, with its lone loss coming on a last second field goal at Iowa last season.
- Joe Paterno posted his FBS all-time leading 390th victory. The coach in his 44th season at Penn State and has a 390-128-3 (75.1) mark.
- Penn State posted its second-highest point total in the Michigan series, trailing only the 46 points posted last year at Beaver Stadium, and its most points at Michigan Stadium.
- The Nittany Lions have held six of their first eight opponents to 10 points or less for the first time since 1973.
- Penn State leads the nation in scoring defense at 8.88 ppg. Florida and Oklahoma are tied for second at 10.14 ppg.
- Penn State leads the Big Ten in all the major Big Ten defensive statistical categories: scoring (8.88 ppg), rushing yards per game (79.7 avg.), passing yards per game (160.5 avg) and total defense (240.2 ypg), tackles for losses (70, 8.75 avg.) and sacks (26, 3.25 avg.).
- The Nittany Lion defense is ranked in the Top 10 nationally in all the major statistical categories: scoring (1st), rushing (4th), passing (9th) and total defense (3rd), as well as TFL (4th) and sacks (T 8th).
- Michigan entered the game leading the Big Ten in scoring at 37.3 ppg and was held to a season-low 10 points, 27 below its average. The Wolverines' previous season low for scoring had been 20 points at Michigan State.
- Michigan entered the game leading the Big Ten in rushing at 235.0 ypg, but was limited to 110 yards on 40 carries (2.8 avg.). After its first possession, the Wolverines were held to 74 rushing yards the rest of the game.
- The Lions held Michigan to a season-low 250 yards, 176 yards below its season total average of 426.6 ypg.
- After Michigan's initial drive of 70 yards, the Nittany Lions held the Wolverines to 96 yards on their next 11 possessions.
- Daryll Clark's 10-yard TD pass to Graham Zug on the opening drive tied him with Zack Mills for the most career touchdowns responsible for at Penn State with 52. Clark later broke the mark when he completed a 60-yard TD pass to Andrew Quarless for his 53rd TD, finishing game with 55 career touchdowns responsible for (36 passing, 19 rushing).
- Daryll Clark passed Wally Richardson (4,419; 1992, 94-96) for seventh all-time at Penn State in career passing yardage, finishing the day with 4,623 yards. Todd Blackledge is sixth with 4,812 yards.
- Daryll Clark passed Todd Blackledge (341; 1980-82) to move into seventh all-time in career pass completions at Penn State with 356. Kerry Collins is sixth with 370.
- Clark posted his fourth career game with three or more TD passes and his third this season. Clark's four TD passes equaled a career high, matching the four he threw in a victory over Michigan State to close the 2008 regular season. Clark has 17 TD passes this the season, tying him for eighth most all-time with Mike McQueary (1997), Zack Mills (2002) and Michael Robinson (2005). Todd Blackledge owns the Penn State record with 22 in 1982.
- Clark posted his 11th career game with 200+ passing yards tying him for third all-time at Penn State with Chuck Fusina, Tony Sacca and Anthony Morelli. Penn State is 10-1 when Clark passes for at least 200 yards.
- Clark has thrown eight touchdown passes and only one interception in the last four games, all Penn State wins.
- Clark moved into fifth place in Penn State career total offense with 5,163 yards, moving past Anthony Morelli (5,154) and Chuck Fusina (5,162). Michael Robinson is fourth at 5,168.
- Graham Zug made a career-high three touchdown catches on the day, the first Penn State player to catch three in a game since Deon Butler vs. Michigan State last season. Butler, now a member of the Seattle Seahawks, was on the sidelines for Saturday's game at Michigan Stadium.
- Evan Royster gained 100 yards on 20 carries for his 10th career 100-yard rushing game (fourth this season). The Nittany Lions are 10-0 when Royster hits the century mark.
- Evan Royster's 41-yard run on his first carry of the game was his longest rush this season. o Navorro Bowman made a game-high 11 tackles for his second double figure tackle game in the five full games he has played this year. He also had a sack, recovered a fumble in Penn State territory and grabbed his first interception of the season (second in career), returning it 13 yards into UM territory.
- Josh Hull made 10 tackles, including 2.5 TFL for minus-10 yards, for his sixth double figure tackle game of the season.
- Josh Hull posted his second sack of the season and Jack Crawford his fifth. Crawford also caused a third quarter fumble recovered by Navorro Bowman.
- Sean Lee made three tackles in limited duty, increasing his career tackle total to 276, good for No. 6 in school history. He moved past Brandon Short (273), Shane Conlan and John Skorupan (274). Two-time All-American Dennis Onkotz is fifth with 287 stops.
- Derek Moye posted six receptions in the first 20 minutes of play to equal a career-high for a game. He also had six catches vs. Akron and Minnesota this season.
- Brandon Beachum posted a career high in carries (7) and rushing yards (23).
- Penn State posted a safety vs. Michigan for the second straight game when a Wolverines snap went out the back of the end zone. The second quarter safety marked Penn State's first since Jared Odrick sacked Nick Sheridan in the end zone in last year's game at Beaver Stadium.
- Andrew Quarless' 60-yard touchdown catch from Daryll Clark in the second quarter marked a career long for the tight end and his first touchdown of the season. It was the sixth touchdown catch of the senior's career and marked the longest completion to a PSU tight end since Michael Robinson completed a 73-yard TD pass to Matt Kranchick vs. Wisconsin in 2003. The pass play also marked the second-longest of the season for Penn State and Clark's fifth TD pass of 49 yards or longer on the year.
- Quarless posted a career high in receiving yardage with 91 yards on two catches.
- Chaz Powell's 54-yard kickoff return to start the second half was the longest of the season for Penn State and set up a touchdown for a 25-10 lead.
- Penn State was 5 of 5 in the Red Zone vs. the Wolverines and is 22 of 22 inside the 20 the past six games with 17 touchdowns and five field goals. For the season, the Lions are 28 of 33 (84.8) in the Red Zone.
- Penn State posted its second scoring drive of 10:00-plus minutes this season.
- The Nittany Lions (7-1, 3-1) visit Northwestern (5-3, 2-2) on Saturday. The game will kick at 3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN, the Penn State Sports Nework and www.GoPSUsports.com.