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Oct. 24, 2010

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Penn State Post-Game Notes
@ Minnesota, Oct. 23, 2010

TEAM

  • Penn State has won the last four meetings with Minnesota to take an 8-4 series lead and retain the Governors' Victory Bell.
  • The Nittany Lions are 13-2 in the next game after a loss since the start of the 2005 season; 14-2 if including the 2009 season opener with Akron.
  • Penn State improved to 32-16 in games after an open date under Joe Paterno, including a 14-5 mark since 1994.
  • Joe Paterno moved his career record to 398-132-3 (74.9).
  • TCF Bank Stadium became the 65th different stadium in which Joe Paterno has coached a game in his 45-year head coaching career.
  • Penn State is 9-3 overall in road games the past three seasons, including an 8-2 record in Big Ten away games.
  • Starting with an Oct. 20, 2007 win at Indiana, Penn State has won its last game at every opposing Big Ten stadium with the exception of Iowa (9-3 Big Ten road record since Indiana '07).
  • Penn State scored its most points in a game since the season-opening 44-14 win over Youngstown State.

DEFENSE

  • Sophomore Jordan Hill made his first career start opening the game at defensive end. He became the 15th Nittany Lion to make their first career start on the season.
  • CB D'Anton Lynn made a career-high 10 tackles.
  • D'Anton Lynn's second quarter interception and 58-yard return marked his second INT of the season and of his career.
  • Safety Malcolm Willis, who replaced an injured Andrew Dailey in the first half, recorded a career-best nine tackles.
  • Linebacker Michael Mauti made a career-high eight tackles.
  • DT Devon Still recorded his first career safety with a sack of Adam Weber in the fourth quarter. It was Still's third sack of the season and Penn State's first safety since Michigan snapped the ball through the end zone in 2009.

OFFENSE

  • The Penn State offense delivered a season-high six plays of 20 yards or more from scrimmage.
  • Tailback Evan Royster passed Tony Hunt (3,320) to move into second all-time on the Penn State career rushing charts on the day. Royster has 3,368 yards and needs 31 yards tp pass Curt Warner's school record total of 3,398 yards.
  • Evan Roster's second quarter TD run was the 26th of his career.
  • Brett Brackett's 21-yard TD catch in the first quarter was his third on the season. The senior had two career TD catches entering the season. His three TD catches on the year lead the team.
  • Freshman quarterback Rob Bolden was injured and left the game mid-way through the second quarter. He had completed his first nine passes of the game and was 11-of-13 for 130 yards and a touchdown, leading Penn State on two touchdown drives to that point.
  • Former walk-on quarterback Matt McGloin, who entered the game in the 2nd quarter, had two career pass attempts entering the game and attempted his first pass in a game since two attempts vs. Eastern Illinois on Oct. 10, 2009.
  • McGloin recorded his first career completion (on just his 4th career attempt) in his second series on the field when he hooked up with Derek Moye for a 42-yard TD strike. The play marked Penn State's third longest pass play for a TD this year.
  • McGloin's two touchdown passes equaled the season high for Penn State.
  • Derek Moye hauled in two touchdown passes, both from Matt McGloin (42 & 9 yards). Moye now has three TD catches on the season and 10 for his career.
  • Freshman Silas Redd provided a boost in the second half, gaining 70 of his 71 yards in the second half, on eight carries.
  • Silas Redd's 26-yard fourth quarter carry was a career-long. His previous career high rushing yardage for a game was 26 yards at Alabama earlier this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Collin Wagner's 49-yard field goal in the third quarter tied his career long, set in the first game of the season vs. Youngstown State. Wagner has made at least one field goal in eight consecutive games.

NEXT WEEK

  • Penn State returns to Happy Valley on Saturday, Oct. 30 for an 8 p.m. primetime clash with Michigan. The game will air on ESPN, the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com. The Nittany Lions have won the last two meetings with the Wolverines. Michigan is 5-2 overall (1-2 Big Ten) and was idle this week.

 

 

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