Notes and Records - Penn State vs. Ohio State

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Oct. 28, 2007

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- Tonight's attendance of 110,134 is the second largest in the history of Beaver Stadium (110,753 vs. Nebraska in 2002). It is also the second home crowd of more than 110,000 this season (110,078 vs. Notre Dame). Seven of the top eight crowds have occurred since the 2005 season.

- Penn State had not lost at home since losing to Michigan 17-10 last season (8 in a row). This is only the second loss in the past 21 home games for the Nittany Lions dating to the last game of the 2004 season.

- Penn State now trails the all-time series with Ohio State 12-11 and has dropped the last two matchups. In the last 17 games between the two schools where at least one of the schools was ranked, including tonight, the higher ranked team has won 16 times.

- Penn State is now 0-2 against No. 1 teams at home, also losing 34-23 to No. 1 Notre Dame at Beaver Stadium in 1989. The Lions are now 4-10 against No. 1 ranked teams, including a 4-8 mark under Coach Joe Paterno.

- Penn State drops to 6-6 at home in night games and 31-20 overall in evening clashes.

- A.J. Wallace's 97-yard kick return was the longest by a Penn State returner since Larry Johnson had a 97-yard return at Illinois in 2001. It was the first kick return for a touchdown since Anthony Scrirotto returned an on-side kick 29 yards against Illinois last season.

- WR Jordan Norwood had six catches tonight, giving him 112 receptions for his career, moving him into fifth place in the Penn State annals. Norwood trails teammate Deon Butler (116 catches) for fourth place.

- WR Derrick Williams became Penn State's 20th 1,000-yard receiver tonight, with his two catches for seven yards. He now has exactly 1,000 receiving yards on his career.

- QB Anthony Morelli's 111 passing yards tonight give him 4,474 for his career, good for sixth place at Penn State. He trails Todd Blackledge, who had a career total of 4,812 passing yards, for fifth place.

- Morelli's 12 completions tonight gives him a total of 385 for his career, which moves him into third place at Penn State, trailing Tony Sacca's 401 completions for second place.

- LB Dan Connor had a career-high 18 tackles tonight, giving him 368 for his career. He trails only Paul Posluszny for first place at Penn State. Posluszny had 372 tackles in his career. This is the fifth game this season that Connor had at least 10 tackles, and the 17th game in his career. Connor's previous career high was 16 tackles vs. Northwestern in 2004.

- LB Sean Lee had 13 tackles tonight, giving him 10 or more tackles in six of his last seven games.

- CB Lydell Sargeant tied a career-high with 10 tackles this evening.

- DE Josh Gaines broke his career-high in tackles for the second consecutive game with eight.

-PK Kevin Kelly made his only field goal attempt of the night, giving him 53 FGM for his career and 77 FGA for his career. The made field goal extends his Penn State record, while Kelly trails only Craig Fayak's 80 field goal attempts in the Penn State annals.

- Penn State scored the first points against the Ohio State defense in the first quarter this season. The only points that the Buckeyes had allowed in the opening stanza was a safety by Akron.

- Penn State was held scoreless in the second quarter for the first time this season.

- The 91-yard scoring drive by Ohio State across the first and second quarters was the longest drive, in terms of yards, allowed by Penn State this season. It was a 15-play drive, which is tied for the longest drive in terms of plays by an opponent this season (Michigan also had a 15-play drive).

- The touchdown scored by Ohio State in the third quarter was the first touchdown allowed by the Lions in the third stanza this season. For the season, Penn State has out-scored the opposition 78-16 in the third period.

- The 60-yard pass from Todd Boeckman to Ray Small was the longest play from scrimmage against the Lions' defense this year.

- Ryan Pretorius's 50-yard field goal was the first 50-yard field goal by a Penn State opponent since Michigan State's Dave Rayner made a 52-yard field goal against the Lions in 2004.

- Penn State DT Phil Taylor and FB Dan Lawlor made their first career starts and it was the first career start on defense for FS Mark Rubin. Rubin made six starts at wide receiver in 2004.

 

 

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