Notes and records--Penn State vs. Purdue

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Nov. 3, 2007

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- Penn State leads the series with Purdue, 9-3-1, including a 9-2 mark in Big Ten competition.

- The Nittany Lions are 17-1 on Senior Day since 1990, with the only loss coming to Michigan in 1999.

- Penn State has won 20 of its last 22 home games, dating to a win over Michigan State in the 2004 season finale. The Nittany Lions have also won 29 of their last 37 games overall, dating to the last two games of the 2004 season. Penn State finished its home schedule 6-1 for the second consecutive season.

- Penn State had a total of 762,419 people in attendance at its 7 home games this season for a home record average of 108,917. The previous record was 107,576 for a six-game home schedule in 2001.

- Penn State recorded a season-high 29 first downs today. They previously had recorded 27 against Florida International and Iowa.

- For the second consecutive game, the Nittany Lions averaged 6.0 or more per carry.

- The Nittany Lions were 4 of 4 in the Red Zone today, making them 43 of 48 in the Red Zone this season, for a percentage of 89.6. The Lions have scored 27 touchdowns and 16 field goals.

- The Penn State defense allowed no touchdowns today, and has now allowed just 19 touchdowns in its last 16 games. Today's game marked the 11th time in the last 16 games that the Nittany Lion defense has allowed one touchdown or fewer.

- Penn State outscored Purdue 10-0 in the second quarter today, and now has outscored its opponents 101-21 in the second quarter this season.

- Dan Connor had 11 tackles today, giving him 379 for his career, and making him the all-time tackle leader at Penn State. Paul Posluszny is now in second place with 372 career tackles. Connor has 18 career double figure tackle games.

- Sean Lee had 12 tackles today, giving him 10 or more tackles in seven of his last eight games. Lee has either led or tied for the lead in tackles in seven games this season. Today was ninth career double figure tackle game.

- Both Connor and Lee now have more than 100 tackles for the season (Connor 105 tackles, Lee 104 tackles). This is the third time in Penn State history that two players have had more than 100 tackles in the same season. Last year, Paul Posluszny (116) and Connor (113) did it. In 1989, Andre Collins had 130 and Brian Chizmar had 110. Penn State began keeping tackles records in 1969.

- Maurice Evans had two tackles-for-loss (TFL) and two sacks today, giving him 21.5 TFL for the season, good for fifth place at Penn State, and 12.5 sacks for the season, good for fourth place.

- Anthony Morelli's 210 yards passing today give him 2,060 this season, making him the first Penn State quarterback to have at least 2,000 yards passing in multiple seasons. Morelli had 2,424 passing yards last season, which was third highest in a single season.

- Morelli's 2,060 yards this season is the 10th highest single season total at Penn State. He trails Wally Richardson (2,198 yards, 1995) for ninth place.

- Morelli recorded his 10th career 200-yard passing game, moving him into fifth place in the Penn State annals. Morelli trails Chuck Fusina and Tony Sacca for third place. They both had 11 career 200-yard passing games.

- Morelli had 35 pass attempts today, giving him 722 for his career, which is good for third place in the Penn State annals. Morelli trails Tony Sacca (824 attempts) for second place.

- Morelli had 22 completions, giving him 407 for his career, which is second best in the Penn State record books. Zack Mills is the leader with 606 pass completions in his career. Morelli's 22 completions are tied for second-highest in his career (22 at Indiana on Oct. 20).

- Evan Royster had a career-high 21 rushes for a career-high 126 yards, the first 100-yard rushing game of his career. Royster also had a career-long 33-yard rush in the second quarter.

- Derrick Williams set a new career high for catches in a game with 10. Williams tied his career-high for catches in a game in the first half alone with six by halftime. The 10 catches are the most by a Nittany Lion player this season, surpassing the eight catches that Jordan Norwood had at Indiana and are the most by a Penn Stater since Deon Butler had 11 catches against Northwestern last season.

- Williams had a career-high 151 all-purpose yards today (21 rushing, 95 receiving, 20 kick return and 15 punt return). His previous career high was 135 yards at Minnesota last season (22 rushing, 95 receiving and 18 punt return)

- Williams' 95 receiving yards today are tied for his career best mark, set against Minnesota in 2006.

- Williams' 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was his first rushing touchdown since the Youngstown State game last season.

- Derrick Williams' 10 catches today give him 102 for his career, moving him into 10th place at Penn State. Williams trails Tony Johnson (107 catches) for ninth place.

- Williams' 95 receiving yards today give him 1,095 for his career, which is 17th best for the Nittany Lions. Williams trails Eddie Drummond (1,132 yards) for 16th place.

-Deon Butler had four catches today, giving him 120 for his career and moving him into third place at Penn State for career receptions. He trails O.J. McDuffie for second place. McDuffie had 125 catches in his career from 1988-1992.

- Kevin Kelly was two for two on field goals today, giving him 79 field goal attempts for his career, just one behind Penn State career FGA leader Craig Fayak (80 FGA). Kelly extended his Penn State record for field goals made with 55 now for his career.

- The last time that Penn State allowed the return of a game-opening kickoff for a touchdown was on October 30, 1972 at West Virginia, when Kerry Marbury returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Penn State went on to win the game 28-19 over the Bobby Bowden-coached Mountaineers.

- Dorien Bryant's 98-yard kickoff return was the longest allowed by the Lions since Derrick Mason had a 100-yard return for Michigan State in 1994. That was also the last opponent kickoff return for a touchdown in Beaver Stadium.

- A.J. Wallace made his first career start today at CB. Penn State started the game in a nickel defense.

- The Nittany Lions visit Temple on Saturday for 12:00 p.m. kick at Lincoln Financial Field. ESPNU will televise.

 

 

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