Penn State vs. Illinois - Post Game Notes

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Oct. 29, 2011

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Penn State Post-Game Notes vs. Illinois

  • Penn State coach Joe Paterno recorded his 409th career victory to surpass Eddie Robinson as the all-time leader in victories by NCAA Division I coaches. Paterno now has a record of 409-136-3 (74.8). Robinson posted a 408-165-15 mark at Grambling State University. Paterno stands second in wins for all NCAA divisions behind John Gagliardi with 482.
  • Penn State is the lone unbeaten team in Big Ten Conference play, improving to 5-0 in Big Ten games. This is Penn State's first 5-0 start in the Big Ten since starting 5-0 on its way to a 7-1 Big Ten mark and share of the conference title in 2008. It is Penn State's fourth ever 5-0 start in Big Ten play, joining such starts in 1994, 1999 and 2008.
  • Penn State improved to 8-1, winning its seventh-straight game. Penn State is 8-1 or 9-0 after nine games for the third time in the last four years.
  • Penn State has won at least eight games for the 35th time in Joe Paterno's 46 years as head coach. Three regular season games and bowl game still to be played in 2011.
  • Penn State improved to 6-0 in games decided by 10 points or less on the year, its most wins in such games since winning seven games by seven points or less in 1985.
  • Penn State has a 66-20 record (76.7) since the start of the 2005 season.
  • Penn State is now 15-4 all time against Illinois and 7-1 vs. the Illini in Beaver Stadium. Joe Paterno is 13-3 all-time against Illinois.
  • Penn State scored its fewest points (10) in a win since a 9-0 win at Alabama in 1990.
  • The game marked the first Penn State game to be scoreless at the half since a 6-0 Lion loss at Alabama in 1984.
  • The game marked the first home game since Joe Paterno became head coach in 1966 that both teams were scoreless at halftime.
  • Penn State had not been shut out in the first half of a game since falling at Alabama last season.


  • Penn State held Illinois to 7 points and 286 yards on the day. The Illini entered the game averaging 28.6 points and 417. 1 yards per game.
  • Penn State is now giving up just 12.4 points per game (4th in nation in scoring defense). Penn State has held six opponents to 10 points or less on the year.
  • Penn State forced a season-high four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles), giving the Penn State defense 22 forced turnovers on the season. Penn State forced 17 turnovers all of last season.
  • Penn State has allowed just 16 points in the first quarter of games so far this season, an average of 1.8 points per game.
  • Penn State has allowed just 34 points in the first quarter of games so far this season, an average of 3.8 points per game.
  • Illinois' 94 yards passing marked a season-low given up by the Penn State defense and the fewest by a opponent since Temple logged 46 last season.
  • Penn State recorded 10 tackles for loss on the game, it's second double-digit TFL game of the year and second only to 13 recorded vs. Eastern Michigan on the year.
  • LB Gerald Hodges followed up a career-best 14 tackles at Northwestern on Oct. 22 with a career-high 19 tackles today. His 19 tackles are the most by a Penn State player since Paul Posluszny recorded 22 at Northwestern in 2005 and are tied for the 15th most ever by a Penn State player.
  • DT Devon Still posted career highs in tackles (10) and matched career high in tackles for loss (3.5) to go with one sack in the game. His previous career-best in tackles was seven against Alabama earlier this year and against Florida in last year's Outback Bowl. He now has 15.5 tackles for loss on the year.
  • DT Jordan Hill posted a career high 10 tackles in the game. His previous career high was eight against Alabama earlier this season.
  • Penn State's starting defensive tackles combined to record 20 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss on the day.
  • Saf Nick Sukay forced his first fumble of the season and the second of his career in the second quarter.
  • DE Sean Stanley grabbed the first career fumble recovery in the second quarter and the first interception of his career in the second quarter.
  • DB D'Anton Lynn grabbed his first interception of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • LB Nate Stupar recovered his second fumble of the season (and career) in the third quarter.
  • DE Brad Bars blocked the first punt of his career in the fourth quarter.
  • Saf Drew Astorino had a career-best two tackles-for-loss today, bringing his total for the season to five.


  • TB Silas Redd posted his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game, logging 137 yards on a career-high 30 carries. He became the first Nittany Lion to post at least five consecutive 100-yard rushing games since Curtis Enis logged eight straight in 1997.
  • With his 137 yards rushing, Redd increased his season total to a Big Ten-leading 1,006 yards, becoming the 12th different Penn State player to post 1,000 yards rushing in a season and logging the 20th such season.
  • Penn State has now logged seven-straight seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher covering seasons by Tony Hunt (2), Rodney Kinlaw (1), Evan Royster (3) and Silas Redd (1).
  • Penn State is off Nov. 5 before returning to Beaver Stadium to play Nebraska (7-1, 3-1) in the final home game of the season on November 12. Starting time and television for the Senior Day game are to be announced.




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