Penn State Notes vs. Ohio State - November 7, 2009
Penn State is 48-13 (78.7) since the start of the 2005 season, the No. 9 winning percentage in the nation over that span.
The attendance of 110,033 was the fourth largest in the history of Beaver Stadium.
The contest game was the 300th in Beaver Stadium history. The Nittany Lions are 241-59 (80.3) in home games since the facility was erected in 1960. Penn State is 32-4 in its last 36 home games, dating to the 2004 Senior Day win over Michigan State.
Ohio State leads the series, 13-12. The home team has won 12 of the 17 meetings since Penn State began Big Ten play in 1993, but the visiting team has won the last three contests.
The lower ranked team won for just the second time in the last 19 Penn State-Ohio State clashes. The Buckeyes were No. 15 in the AP poll and the Nittany Lions were No. 11. The other time the lower ranked team won during the last 19 contests was when No. 16 Penn State beat No. 6 Ohio State, 17-10, in 2005.
Penn State has not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. Entering this weekend's games, the Nittany Lions were one of nine FBS teams that had yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this year.
Penn State leads the Big Ten in four of the six primary defensive statistical categories and is second in the other two. The Nittany Lions lead in: scoring (10.8 ppg), passing yards per game (166.1 avg), tackles for losses (87, 8.7 avg.) and sacks (32, 3.2 avg.) and are second in rushing yards per game (98.5 avg.) and total defense (264.6 ypg).
The Nittany Lion defense is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in all the major statistical categories: scoring (3rd), rushing (14th), passing (9th) and total defense (8th), as well as TFL (2nd) and sacks (8th). Penn State leads the nation with 87 tackles for loss, but Cincinnati has a higher per game average (8.89 avg)
Senior Daryll Clark is the only Big Ten quarterback ranked in the top three in pass efficiency (2nd, 142.0), passing yardage (3rd, 228.3 ypg) and total offense (3rd, 245.1). Clark's 18 touchdown passes lead the conference.
The Nittany Lions had one turnover vs. Ohio State, their only giveaway over the past four games.
Penn State did not force a turnover for the first time this season.
Penn State did not record a sack for the first time this season.
Penn State's nine first downs were tied for sixth-lowest under Joe Paterno, and are the fewest by the Nittany Lions since having six first downs against Iowa in 2004.
The Nittany Lions' 201 yards of offense was their fewest since having 201 yards of offense at Wisconsin in 2006.
Penn State's 10 punts were the most since the Nittany Lions punted 11 times against Florida State in the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl.
Senior LB Sean Lee made 14 tackles, the most he's had since notching 14 tackles against Texas A&M in the 2007 Alamo Bowl, when he was named the game's Defensive MVP.
Sean Lee becomes the fifth Nittany Lion with at least 300 career tackles, with 302. Brian Gelzheiser is fourth with 315.
Senior LB Josh Hull had 13 tackles, tying his career-high; the seventh time this season he has had at least 10 tackles.
Senior Jeremy Boone had a career-high 10 punts for a 45.8 average. Boone is second in the Big Ten and No. 13 in the nation with a 44.1 avg.
Jeremy Boone moved back into first place in Penn State career and season punting average. For his career, Boone is averaging 43.1 yards per punt on 133 boots. This season, he is averaging 44.1 yards per punt on 39 kicks.
WR Graham Zug had a career-best 96 receiving yards on a career-high seven catches. His 31-yard catch in the first quarter was a season long.
QB Daryll Clark scored his 21st career rushing touchdown in the second quarter, a Penn State record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. He was tied with Michael Robinson with 20.
With Clark's rushing touchdown, he boosted his Penn State career-best mark to 58 touchdowns responsible for (37 passing, 21 rushing).
Clark moved into eighth place in the single season passing yardage chart with 2,283 yards. He trails Michael Robinson (2,350 yards in 2005) for seventh place.
Clark also moved into sixth place in the career passing yardage chart at Penn State with 5,022 yards. Ahead of him on the list in fifth place is Anthony Morelli with 5,275 yards passing.
Clark's has 162 completions this season, tying him with Michael Robinson (2005) for ninth place at Penn State in a single season
TB Evan Royster moved into 10th place in Penn State annals with 2,644 career rushing yards. Royster trails Matt Suhey (2,818 yards) for ninth place in his career.
The 62-yard touchdown pass by Ohio State in the third quarter was the longest play given up by the Nittany Lions this season.
Penn State will host Indiana next Saturday at 12:00 in the final home game of the season for the Nittany Lions. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network and will be Senior Day for Penn State, with the recognition of 17 players, one student assistant coach and 3 managers. The game can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com.