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Oct. 27, 2012

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  • The Penn State at Purdue game on Saturday, Nov. 3 will kick at 3:30 p.m. in Ross-Ade Stadium. The game will air nationally on ESPNU. The Nittany Lions will be playing in West Lafayette for the first time since 2008. The teams began annually meeting in 2011 as Big Ten Leaders Division rivals.

Penn State Football Post-Game Notes
Vs. Ohio State, Oct. 27, 2012


  • Penn State saw its 5-game winning streak snapped. The Nittany Lions are tied for fourth in Big Ten history for most wins after starting 0-2. The 1934 Purdue team also won five straight games after an 0-2 start.
  • Bill O'Brien was the third first-year Nittany Lion head coach to post a school record five-game winning streak. He joins George Hoskins (1892) and Dick Harlow (1915).
  • Penn State has forced 16 turnovers this season and is tied for 1st in B1G in turnover margin at +1.00 per game
  • The blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter was the first Penn State blocked punt return for a touchdown since Jamie Van Fleet returned a blocked punt 21 yards for a score against Indiana in Landover, Md. in 2010.
  • Penn State held Ohio State to seven points in the first half, well below the Buckeyes' season average in the first half of 19 points per game.
  • Penn State still leads opponents in first-quarter scoring 66-0. The Nittany Lions are the only FBSteam to not have given up any first quarter points this season.
  • The first of Penn State's two fourth quarter touchdown drives was 18 plays, tying a season-best. The Nittany Lions had an 18-play scoring drive last week at Iowa.
  • Penn State recorded two scoring drives of 80+ yards for the third straight game and now has 10 such drives on the year. The Lions recorded three 80+ yard scoring drives last season.
  • Penn State had a season high 327 yards passing and completed a touchdown pass to a tight end for the sixth game this season.
  • Penn State was held to a season-low 32 yards rushing and 1.1 yards per carry.
  • Penn State tied a season high with nine penalties. Penn State also committed nine against Temple.
  • Penn State tied a season high with four sacks on the day. The Lions also recorded four vs. Navy and at Iowa. Penn State entered the game No. 2 in the Big Ten in sacks and now has 23 on the year (2.875/game).



  • WR Allen Robinson's five catches give him 52 for the season, moving him into a tie for fifth place with Bobby Engram's 1994 season in the Penn State single-season records. Just ahead of Robinson in a tie for third place are Terry Smith and Derrick Williams, who had 55 catches in 1991 and 2007, respectively. The school season record is 63 by O.J. McDuffie (1992) & Bobby Engram (1995).
  • With 52 catches, Allen Robinson breaks the Penn State sophomore season record of 48 - previously held by Bobby Engram (1993) & Deon Butler (2006)
  • Allen Robinson leads B1G in receptions (52, 6.5 rpg) and TD catches (8) & is No. 2 in receiving yards (631 yds, 78.9 ypg)
  • QB Matt McGloin leads the Big Ten in passing (264.4 ypg) and completions (189) and is tied for the lead with 16 TD passes.
  • QB Matt McGloin threw for a career-best 327 yards, the fourth 300-yard passing game of his career and the 13th 200-yard passing game of his career. McGloin's 327 passing yards are the ninth highest total in Penn State's record books.
  • Matt McGloin is now tied with Kerry Collins for first place at Penn State with four 300-yard passing games. McGloin remains in fourth place in 200-yard passing games behind Daryll Clark's 14.
  • Matt McGloin became the seventh Penn State player to surpass 5,000 yards in career passing on the night. He now has 5,234 career passing yards. He currently stands seventh and is 148 yards shy of moving into the top four all-time at Penn State. Zack Mills holds the record with 7,212. Tony Sacca is second with 5,869.
  • McGloin has six consecutive 200-yard passing games, tying Kerry Collins for the most consecutive 200-yard passing games in the Penn State annals. Collins had six in a row during the1994 season. McGloin and Collins are the only two Nittany Lion quarterbacks to have six consecutive 200-yard passing games.
  • McGloin's two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter give him 38 for his career, moving him into sixth place at Penn State. He trails Kerry Collins (39) for fifth place. The record is 43 set by Daryll Clark (2006-09). McGloin now has 15 TD passes on the season and has thrown a TD pass in every game.
  • With 45 pass attempts, McGloin now has 304 passing attempts on the season, which is good enough for eighth place at Penn State. He trails Michael Robinson (311 attempts) for seventh place. Additionally, McGloin now has 750 career passing attempts, which puts him in fifth place at Penn State for his career. Ahead of McGloin is Zack Mills, who had 814 attempts in his career.
  • McGloin's 45 pass attempts tonight ties for the eighth-highest single game total in the Penn State records. McGloin has three of the eight highest single game totals this season (51 against Northwestern, 48 against Ohio and 45 tonight against Ohio State.)
  • McGloin had 27 completions tonight, which gives him 189 on the year. This puts him in sixth place in the single-season completion chart. Just ahead of McGloin is Daryll Clark's 2008 season, when he had 192 completions. McGloin is fourth in career completions with 432.
  • WR Brandon Moseby-Felder's 42-yard reception in the third quarter tied his career best, set last week at Iowa. Moseby-Felder had a career-best 70 receiving yards, bettering his previous career high of 60 yards set just last week at Iowa. He has caught 4 or more passes in each of the last three games after posting a total of 6 catches in the first five games.
  • RB Bill Belton had a career-best five catches for a career-best 35 yards. His previous bests were three catches for 16 yards against Ohio in the 2012 season opener.
  • WR Alex Kenney and WR Trevor Williams each made their first career starts. They are the 15th and 16th players to make their first start this season.


  • LB Michael Mauti tied a career-high with 13 tackles, his third game this season with at least 10 tackles, and his sixth of his career.
  • LB Michael Mauti is T 3rd in B1G in tkls (78, 9.8 tpg), is T 2nd in INT (3) and fumbles forced (2)
  • LB Gerald Hodges finished the day with 14 tackles, his seventh career game with at least 10 tackles and third this season.
  • LB Gerald Hodges made season-high 14 tkls with 1 sack vs. OSU. He is 8th in B1G in tackles (8.5 tpg)
  • DE Sean Stanley had a career-best seven tackles, 1.5 TFL and half a sack. Previously he had a career-best five tackles on four occasions, the last against Ohio earlier this season.
  • Michael Yancich's blocked punt recovery in the end zone in the second quarter marked the first touchdown of his career.
  • Mike Hull's blocked punt in the second quarter was the second blocked punt of his career. He blocked a punt last season against Temple. Hull also recorded his third sack of the season.
  • DB Adrian Amos' interception in the third quarter was his first of the season and second of his career.
  • DE Pete Massaro notched his first sack of the season in the first quarter (a half-sack split with Sean Stanley) giving him 4.0 for his career. It was his first sack since the 2010 season, after having not played in the 2011 season due to a torn ACL in 2011 spring practice. Massaro has suffered two ACL injuries during his career, the other in 2009.
  • P Alex Butterworth had a career-best 58-yard punt in the third quarter. He had a season-high four punts downed inside the 20-yard line in the game and now has 15 such punts on the year.




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