Postgame Notes

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Oct. 26, 2008

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  • Penn State has won 40 of its last 49 games, the nation's sixth-best record over that span.

  • Since the start of the 2005 season, the Nittany Lions are 38-9, tied for No. 7 in winning percentage.

  • The Nittany Lions are 9-0 for the 10th time under Coach Joe Paterno and the first time since 1999.

  • Penn State is 5-0 in Big Ten play for the third time, joining the 1994 and '99 squads.

  • The Nittany Lions have beaten nationally ranked teams in their last two away games. Penn State beat Wisconsin (No. 24 in USA Today Coaches poll), 45-7, on Oct. 11 and No. 10 Ohio State, 13-6, on Oct. 25. The Lions' has lost their last 10 road games to teams in the AP Top 25, dating to a 34-31 win at No. 19 Wisconsin in 2002.

  • Penn State beat a Top 10 team on the road for the first time since A 27-23 win at No. 8 Miami (Fla.) in 1999.

  • Penn State did not have any penalties or turnovers in the game. The Nittany Lions did not have a penalty in a game for the first time in the Big Ten era (since 1993). Penn State has had only one penalty in a game numerous times in the Big Ten era, including vs. Illinois and Wisconsin this season.

  • The Nittany Lions evened the series, 12-12. The higher ranked team has won 17 of the last 18 meetings. Penn State won in Ohio Stadium for the first time since starting Big Ten play in 1993.

  • The Penn State defense held Ohio State to its fewest points at home since a 6-0 loss to Wisconsin in 1982.

  • The Nittany Lions limited Ohio State to 61 rushing yards on 31 carries, 121 yards below its season average. OSU's Chris Wells entered the game averaging 123.8 ypg (10th in nation), but was held to 55 yards on 22 carries.

  • The Lions held Ohio State to 287 total yards and forced two turnovers.

  • Senior safety Mark Rubin made a career-high 11 tackles (9 solo) and forced his first career fumble in the fourth quarter which was recovered by sophomore LB Navorro Bowman (second of his career) on the OSU 38 setting up the game-winning touchdown for Penn State.

  • Navorro Bowman posted his fifth double-digit tackle game of the season with 10, and had a TFL and a pass break-up in addition to his fumble recovery. Bowman received one of six Helmet Stickers from the ESPN college football studio team.

  • Mark Rubin's fumble hit and Navorro Bowman's recovery is one of four nominees for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance. Last week, Jared Odrick's sack in the end zone vs. Michigan won the Pontiac Game Changing Performance.

  • Sophomore DE Aaron Maybin's sack of Terrelle Pryor for a nine-yard loss at the end of the first half was his 11th of the season. Maybin's 11 solo sacks are No. 2 in the nation and he is fourth in sacks per game (1.22 spg).

  • Senior WR Deon Butler has 164 career receptions, just three behind leader Bobby Engram with 167. Senior WR Derrick Williams is No. 3 in school career receptions (145) and senior WR Jordan Norwood is fourth with 143.

  • WR Graham Zug's 49-yard reception at the end of the first half was a career long.

  • Senior PK Kevin Kelly's 31-yard field goal in the first half extended his school record streak of consecutive games with at least one field goal to 29.

  • Kevin Kelly's 35-yard field goal with 1:07 to play was the 72nd of his career, tying him for first place in Big Ten annals with Ohio State's Mike Nugent.

  • The Nittany Lions have held five opponents to 10 or fewer points this season.

  • Penn State trailed after the third quarter for the first time this season.

  • The Nittany Lions are idle Saturday and return to action Nov. 8 at Iowa (kick, TV TBA). Penn State will look to go 10-0 for the ninth time under Joe Paterno.

 

 

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