Post-Game Notes, Penn State vs. Indiana

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Nov. 15, 2008

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  • Penn State leads the series with Indiana, 12-0.
  • The teams have combined to score 725 points in the 12 games - Penn State has scored 438 (39.0 ppg) and Indiana has 257 (21.4 ppg).
  • The Nittany Lions have earned their 20th season with at least 10 victories under Joe Paterno, the last coming in 2005 (11-1). Penn State has at least two seasons with 10 or more wins in each of the past five decades under Paterno.
  • Penn State outscored Indiana 17-0 in the third quarter, increasing its scoring margin to 114-23 in the third stanza this season.
  • The Nittany Lion defense held Indiana to just six first downs, the fewest allowed by Penn State since giving up only two to Temple in 2006. It is also the fewest first downs ever allowed by Penn State in a Big Ten game. The six first downs allowed are tied for the sixth-fewest under Coach Paterno.
  • Penn State's defense held Indiana to 180 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by the defense in a Big Ten game since allowing 168 to Iowa in 2004.
  • The Penn State defense only allowed nine completions by Indiana, the fewest allowed by the Nittany Lions since giving up eight completions to Temple in 2006. It is the fewest completions allowed by Penn State in a Big Ten game since giving up just six completions to Ohio State in 2004.
  • With Kevin Kelly's field goal in the final minute of the first half, Penn State now has six field goals and one touchdown in the final minute of the first half in games this season.
  • Evan Royster's 12 rushing touchdowns for the season are the most rushing touchdowns by a Penn State player since Larry Johnson had 20 in 2002.
  • Royster's 63 yards rushing today gives him 1,123 yards for the season, which moves him into 11th place on the Nittany Lion single season rushing list. He trails Curtis Enis (1,210 yards in 1996) for 10th place.
  • WR Deon Butler had five catches today, giving him 172 for his career, to break the school record. Bobby Engram had the previous record, with 167 catches in his career. Butler has made 35 or more catches in each of the past four seasons.
  • WR Jordan Norwood's 69 yards receiving today give him 1,856 receiving yards for his career, which moves him into seventh place in the Penn State career receiving yardage annals. He trails Joe Jurevicius (1,894 yards) for sixth place.
  • Derrick Williams' 39-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was his longest reception of the season.
  • Williams' 36-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career. Williams finished the day with a career-high 61 yards rushing on four rushes.
  • Williams accumulated 164 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total of his career. He had 154 all-purpose yards last week at Iowa, which is now his third-highest career total.
  • The senior receiving trio of Butler, Norwood and Williams had a combined 16 receptions today for 187 yards.
  • Daryll Clark had his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season and his career today, finishing with 240 yards passing, just four yards off his career high (244 yds at Wisconsin). Clark also had 36 passing attempts and 20 completions today, both career highs.
  • DE Aaron Maybin's one sack today gives him 12 for the season, tying him with Larry Kubin (1978 season) for fifth place in the single season sack list at Penn State.
  • LB Josh Hull recorded his first career sack in the third quarter.
  • PK Kevin Kelly had 10 points today, giving him 412 points in his career, which ties him with Anthony Thompson of Indiana (1986-89) for second place in the Big Ten scoring annals. He only trails Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (1996-99) who had 426 points in his career (Dayne and Thompson totals include bowl scoring).
  • Kelly moved into third place on the NCAA career kick scoring chart with 412 points. He trails Roman Anderson of Houston (1988-91) who had 423 points in his career. Kelly also moved into a tie for seventh place on the NCAA career scoring chart. He is tied with Thompson at 412 points.
  • Kevin Kelly's two field goals today give him 77 for his career, tying him with Kevin Butler of Georgia (1981-84) and Max Zendejas of Arizona (1982-85) for 10th place in the NCAA record book.
  • Kevin Kelly has now kicked at least one field goal in 31 consecutive games, extending his own NCAA record.
  • Nate Stupar's punt-block late in the second quarter was his second blocked punt of the season.
  • Mark Rubin notched his second interception of the season in the first quarter.
  • Indiana's Marcus Thigpen's 57-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter was the longest rush by an opponent this season. The previous long rush was a 36-yard dash by Brandon Minor of Michigan.
  • The 29-yard punt return by Indiana's Ray Fisher was the longest punt return by a Penn State opponent this year. The previous long was a 13-yard return by Oregon State's Sammie Stroughter.
  • Penn State will host Michigan State next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the regular season finale. The winner of the game will clinch no worse than a tie for the Big Ten Championship. Penn State will attempt to earn its 14th 11-win season in school history. The game will be televised on ABC regionally, with coverage on ESPN elsewhere.

 

 

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