Penn State-Iowa Post-Game Notes

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Nov. 9, 2008

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  • Penn State (9-1, 5-1) controls its own destiny in winning the Big Ten Championship. If the Nittany Lions can beat Indiana and Michigan State, Penn State will represent the Big Ten in the Bowl Championship Series.

  • Penn State's 19-play, 71-yard, 9:43 drive in the first quarter was its longest of the decade by plays and time.

  • Penn State had five drives over 5:00 for the season entering today's game. The Nittany Lions had three drives (9:43, 5:02 & 8:18) over 5:00 in the first half and held the ball for 23:34 in the first 30 minutes of action.

  • Penn State outscored Iowa 10-0 in the second quarter and owns a 151-37 scoring advantage in the second quarter for the season.

  • Kevin Kelly's 24-yard field goal in the first quarter made him the Big Ten's all-time career field goal leader with 73, surpassing Mike Nugent, Ohio State (2001-04) for the all-time lead. Kelly connected on two more field goals, giving him 75 in his career.

  • Kelly's field goal marked his 30th consecutive game with a field goal, a Penn State record.

  • Kelly had three field goals on the day (24, 31, 25), his second three field goal game of the season and eighth game of his career with three or more field goals. His career high is four posted vs. Northwestern in 2006 and vs. Purdue in 2005.

  • Deon Butler made three catches to equal Bobby Engram (1991, 93-95) as Penn State's all-time leader in career receptions with 167.

  • Evan Royster had a career high in carries, posting 90 yards on 26 carries for the game, surpassing his previous career high of 21 carries vs. Purdue last season.

  • Royster's 90 yards on the day pushed his season total to 1,060 for the year marking the fourth straight season in which Penn State has had a 1,000-yard rusher and five of the last seven. The mark has been achieved by four different running backs over that span.


  • Royster is the 12th Nittany Lion to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (18 times). His 1,060 yards are No. 13 on the school season rushing yardage list.

  • Derrick Williams had a career high in rushing attempts, posting 53 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown to surpass his previous career high of nine carries vs. Youngstown State in 2006.

  • Tyrell Sales made his first career interception on Iowa's first drive of the second half.

  • Jared Odrick recorded a sack and forced fumble to force and Iowa punt in the second quarter and got another sack in the fourth quarter. He now has 4.5 sacks on the year.

  • Josh Gaines improved his season sack total to 4.5 with a sack to end the first half.

  • The Nittany Lions play their final two games at home, hosting Indiana on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The game will air on the Big Ten Network, the Penn State Sports Network and


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