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Nov. 11, 2012
Penn State Football Post-Game Notes
@ Nebraska Nov. 10, 2012
Penn State's fifth-year seniors earned a 15-5 on-field record in Big Ten away games since 2008, winning at least one game in 10 of 11 stadiums.
With a 7-3 lead after the first quarter, Penn State has out-scored the opposition, 83-6. The Nittany Lions are tied with Utah State (6) as the lowest scoring first quarter defenses in the country.
Penn State has now outscored its opponents, 157-39, in the first half this season.
Penn State's first quarter scoring drive totaled 74 yards and marked the 17th time in 2012 the Lions offense has went on a 70-plus yard scoring drive.
A second half fumble recovery by LB Mike Hull made it six straight games with at least one turnover forced by Penn State. The Lions have 11 turnovers during that span (6 FUM, 5 INT) and 19 overall turnovers forced this season (12 FUM, 7 INT).
The second quarter touchdown following the Nebraska fumble is the sixth time this season Penn State has turned an opponent's turnover into a touchdown.
Penn State held Nebraska without a touchdown in the first half of the first time this season, also limited Huskers to a season-low six, first half points (7, vs. Michigan).
The Nittany Lions lost their first game of the season when leading after the third quarter. PSU was 5-0 when leading after the third quarter entering tonight.
Penn State opened the scoring at Nebraska, marking the ninth time this season the Lions have put the first points on the board.
RB Zack Zwinak's 50-yard touchdown run was the longest play from scrimmage for Penn State this season and is a career-long run for the sophomore.
Zwinak set a career-high with 141 yards rushing on 21 carries. It's the second straight game that Zwinak has set a new career-best, topping his 134 yards at Purdue on Nov. 3.
Zwinak topped the 100-yard mark for the second straight game and the fourth time in the last six games.
Zwinak re-wrote his career high and team season high with 178 all-purpose yards (141 rush, 37 rec.)
QB Matt McGloin connected with Jesse James for a second quarter touchdown pass and has at least one scoring strike in all 10 games this season.
McGloin tied the Penn State record (Kerry Colins, Zack Mills) with his 16th career 200-yard passing game. It was the eighth straight 200-yard passing game for McGloin this season, extending his own school record.
McGloin's TD throw was the 41st of his career and moved him into a tie for second on the Penn State career charts. Todd Blackledge (1980-82), Tony Sacca (1988-91) and Zach Mills (2001-04) also threw 41 scoring passes in their careers. Daryll Clark is the leader with 43 TD passes.
On the season charts, McGloin now ranks No. 3 in passing yardage (2,676) and passing completions (229), No. 4 in passing attempts (377) and is tied for No. 5 in passing touchdowns (19).
In his career, McGloin now sits No. 2 in passing attempts (825) and passing completions (472), is tied for No. 2 in passing touchdowns (41) and is No. 3 in passing yardage (5,795).
With six catches, WR Allen Robinson moved into a tie for first on the single season catches list with 63 on the year. He becomes just the third Nittany Lions receiver to post at least 60 catches in the season and is tied with O.J. McDuffie (1992) and Bobby Engram (1995) for the school season mark.
Robinson led all receivers with a game-high six catches for 97 yards.
WR Brandon Moseby-Felder caught a 23-yard pass on Penn State's opening drive of the game and now has a catch of 20-plus yards in each of the last four games.
Penn State recorded a season-high 12 tackles for loss versus Nebraska.
DE Deion Barnes posted a career-high six tackles, including a career-best three TFL, and added one sack.
LB Gerald Hodges tied his season-high with 14 tackles and was the team's leading tackler - tied with Glenn Carson - for the third straight game.
LB Glenn Carson set a career-high with 14 tackles versus Nebraska on Saturday. His previous best was 11 tackles, twice, last versus Ohio State on Nov. 19, 2011.
LB Michael Mauti forced his third fumble of the year in the fourth quarter and made 10 tackles. Mauti stripped NU's Taylor Martinez at the PSU three yard line and is now tied for the team lead and No. 2 in the Big Ten in forced fumbles.
LB Mike Hull recovered his second fumble of the season late in the second quarter when Nebraska's Tim Marlowe muffed a Butterworth punt at the NU 31 yard line.
CB Stephon Morris tied his career-high with nine tackles, tying his mark set versus Kent State on Sept. 18, 2010.
CB Jacob Fagnano recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter after Mauti forced the loose ball.
DT James Terry made his second career start (Indiana, 2010).
PK Sam Ficken hit a career-high three field goals in the game and has now hit six straight field goal attempts. It was the first three-field goal game of the sophomore's career, as he connected on kicks from 27, 35 and 38 yards. His 38-yarder in the second quarter is a season-long connection.
P Alex Butterworth's 56-yard punt in the second quarter was his fourth 50-plus yard kick of the season, just two-yards shy of his career-long 58-yarder versus Ohio State on Oct. 27.
Penn State will return home for its final two home games, staring with a contest versus Leaders Division foe Indiana. The Nittany Lions and Hoosiers will square off at Noon on the Big Ten Network.