Joe Paterno wins his 399th game (399-132-3) in his 45th season as head coach. Paterno needs one win to become just the third coach in NCAA history with 400 victories. Current St. John's (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi has 476 wins in his 62nd season overall (58th year at St. John's). Former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson had 408 wins over his 56 seasons.
Penn State is 56-16 (77.8) since the start of the 2005 season, good for a tie for No. 8 in the nation (with West Virginia) in winning percentage entering this weekend.
Penn State has won three games in a row against Michigan for the second time since joining the Big Ten in 1993 (1994-96). Penn State will not play Michigan again until at least 2013. The Wolverines lead the series 10-6.
Penn State has scored its three highest point totals in the Michigan series in the last three games: 46 (2008), 35 (2009) and 41 (2010).
Penn State broke a three-game losing streak in night games with the victory. The last night game win for the Nittany Lions was at Ohio State in 2008. Penn State is 36-22 overall in night games, including 8-7 at home.
Penn State's 28 points in the first half are the most scored by the Lions in the opening half this season. Penn State scored 28 against Youngstown State in the second half of its opening game of the year.
Penn State had a season high 37:29 in time of possession, and tied a season-high for third down conversions at 10 of 16 (Kent State) and offensive plays with 74 (Temple).
The combined 72 points by both teams are the most in a Penn State game since the Nittany Lions defeated Coastal Carolina 66-10 in 2008, for a combined total of 76.
The combined 72 points are the most in a Penn State Big Ten game since the Nittany Lions' 63-10 win at Illinois in 2005. The 72 points are the most in a Big Ten game in Beaver Stadium since Iowa's 42-35 overtime win in 2002. The 72 points are the most in a regulation Big Ten game in Beaver Stadium since Penn State's 51-28 win over Michigan State in 1998.
The 72 points scored by both teams tonight marks the 12th highest point total by both teams in a Penn State conference contest. It is the eighth highest total at Beaver Stadium in a Big Ten contest.
For the first time this season, Penn State did not commit a turnover. The Lions had five games this year where they only committed one turnover.
Penn State was 6 of 7 in the Red Zone. The only time that the Nittany Lions did not score in the red zone was the possession at the end of the game when Penn State took a knee at the Michigan 2-yard-line.
Penn State's defense held Michigan to 423 yards of total offense, 109 yards below Michigan's average this year of 532 yards per game.
Senior TB Evan Royster set the Penn State career rushing yardage mark with a 20-yard burst in the first quarter. He finished the game with 150 yards, giving him 3,518 for his career. He passed Curt Warner, who had 3,398 yards from 1979-82.
Royster's 150 rushing yards marks the 14th 100-yard rushing game of his career, moving him into sole possession of sixth place in the Penn State annals. Royster trails Tony Hunt and Lydell Mitchell (15 100-yard games each) for a tie for fifth place. Penn State is 14-0 when Royster rushes for 100 yards.
Royster had a career-best 29 carries. His previous single game high was 26 rushes earlier this season against Temple and at Iowa in 2008.
Royster gained 100-plus yards vs. Michigan for the third consecutive year. He gained 174 yards against the Wolverines in 2008 and 100 yards in Michigan Stadium in 2009.
Making his first career start, QB Matt McGloin scored his first career touchdown in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge.
McGloin set career-highs in attempts, completions and yards, with 28 attempts, 17 completions and 250 yards. The 250 yards is the highest passing yardage by a Penn State quarterback this season.
McGloin's first six completions went to six different receivers. Eight different Lions made catches overall.
The last time Penn State had two quarterbacks throw for 200-plus yards in the same season was 2003, when Zack Mills had two and Michael Robinson had one. Rob Bolden has 4 200-yard games this year.
WR Graham Zug grabbed his first touchdown reception of the season in the second quarter, and the 10th of his career Zug has four touchdown catches vs. Michigan the past two years.
LB Michael Mauti had a career-high 10 tackles, setting a career high in the second straight game. He had eight last week at Minnesota.
DT Devon Still notched a career-best six tackles. His previous high was four at Iowa earlier this season.
PK Collin Wagner has made at least one field goal in nine straight games. After making two field goals on two attempts vs. UM, Wagner is 20 of 23 on field goal attempts over the past nine games. This season, he is 16 of 19 (84.2).
Wagner has 16 field goals this season, which is tied for 14th place in the Penn State single-season annals with Brett Conway (1995) and Kevin Kelly (2005).
Wagner is tied for third nationally in field goals (2.00 avg.) and is tied for fourth in the nation with 16 field goals. He is 7 of 8 this season on attempts 40 yards or longer.
Wagner has booted 32 field goals in his career, good for 10th place at Penn State in the career record book. He trails Chris Bahr (35 field goals) for ninth place.
Saf Malcolm Willis and QB Matt McGloin earned their first career starts, the 16th and 17th players for Penn State to do so this season. CB Chaz Powell made his first career start on defense.
Michigan's Denard Robinson had 191 yards rushing on 27 carries, the 12th highest total by a Penn State opponent, and the most since BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 203 yards rushing for Indiana against the Nittany Lions in 2003. The last time that Penn State had allowed someone to rush for 150 yards in a game was Mike Hart of Michigan (153 yards) in 2007.
Michigan was the first team in the Big Ten this season to have a road game following a bye week and lose that game. Previously, Purdue had won at Northwestern, Iowa had won at Michigan and Penn State had won at Minnesota following a bye week.
Penn State will host Northwestern on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ABC will televise, with coverage on ESPN2 outside the ABC coverage area.