Penn State Post-Game Notes vs Michigan State

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Nov. 17, 2007

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Penn State Post-Game Notes
Penn State @ Michigan State, Nov. 17, 2007

  • Penn State started three seniors against the Spartans: LB Dan Connor, TB Rodney Kinlaw and QB Anthony Morelli.

  • Penn State did not commit a turnover for the first time this season and for the first time since its Outback Bowl win over Tennessee last season.

  • Penn State's 17 points off three turnovers marked the Nittany Lions' most points since scoring 21 points off five turnovers in a season-opening win over Florida International.

  • Penn State outscored Michigan State 10-0 in the second quarter and has outscored opponents, 114-21, in the second quarter this season.

  • Penn State's 15-play, 65-yard TD drive to end the first half was the Nittany Lions' longest for number of plays on the season.

  • Rodney Kinlaw posted his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season with 125 yards on a career-high equaling 28 carries. Kinlaw moved into the Top 10 all-time on Penn State's single season rushing chart. He has 1,186 rushing yards on the season passing Lenny Moore (1,082 in 1954) and John Cappelletti (1,117 in 1972) to move into 10th all-time. Kinlaw also scored two touchdowns in the game, giving him 10 rushing touchdowns on the season.

  • With 16 completions for 188 yards and a touchdown, Anthony Morelli moved into second all-time on the single-season passing yardage chart with 2,508 yards. He stands 171 yards shy of Kerry Collins' record of 2,679 set in 1994. Morelli has 18 touchdown passes this season, tied for the fifth best mark all-time with Wally Richardson (1995). Morelli's 16 pass completions give him 219 this season, breaking his own Penn State single-season record of 208 set last season.

  • Deon Butler's 37-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was Penn State's longest TD catch of the season and Butler's third of the season and 14th of his career (6th all-time). Butler moved into fifth all-time on Penn State's career receiving charts with 1,902 yards passing Jack Curry (1,837, 1965-67) and Joe Jurevicius (1,894, 1994-97) on the day.

  • Kevin Kelly scored his first career touchdown on a five-yard dash off a fake field goal to open the scoring in the second half. It marked Penn State's first touchdown off a fake field goal since Joe Nastasi dashed two yards off a fake in the 27-17 victory over Michigan in 1995.

  • Kevin Kelly's second quarter field goal marked his 19th consecutive game with a field goal. With seven kicking points, he moved up to third on the single-season kick scoring chart with 98 points. He now owns three of the top five scoring seasons by a kicker in Penn State history.

  • Dan Connor recorded his 20th career double-digit tackle game (8th this season), recording a game-high 13 tackles. He has 410 career tackles, the most in Penn State history. His 136 tackles this year rank as the fourth-best season mark in Penn State history. Greg Buttle (140, 1975) and Shawn Mayer (144, 2002) are next on the list.

  • Sean Lee's second quarter interception was his first this year and the second of his career. He posted 10 tackles on the day for his ninth double-digit tackle performance in the last 10 games. He now has 124 tackles on the season, the seventh best season total in Penn State history. Ed O'Neil (126, 1972) and Brian Gelzheiser (126, 1994) are next on the list.

  • Anthony Scirrotto recorded a career-high 10 tackles. Scirrotto's first quarter interception was his team-leading third of the season. Scirrotto led the Big Ten with six interceptions last year and has 10 for his career, tied for 11th all-time in Penn State history. Scirrotto returned the interception 53 yards to the MSU 21 setting up a Penn State field goal to take a 10-7 lead.

  • Phil Taylor recorded his third sack of the year. He has three in the last five games. He also posted a career high five tackles.

  • Tyrell Sales equaled a career high with eight tackles and recorded the first fumble recovery of his career in the third quarter setting up a 35-yard Penn State touchdown drive to take a 31-21 lead.

  • With the attendance of 72,251, Penn State has played in front of 1,113,338 fans in 12 regular season games on the year.

  • Penn State is 28-9 since the 2005 season, tied with Oklahoma for the 12th-best record in the nation.

  • The Nittany Lions have won 30 of their last 39 games, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.

  • Penn State awaits its bowl destination. The Nittany Lions will be playing in their 34th bowl game under Joe Paterno, who is the all-time leader in bowl appearances and victories (22-10-1).




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