Penn State vs. Michigan State Game Notes

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Nov. 21, 2009

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- Penn State is 50-13 (79.3) since the start of the 2005 season, the nation's No. 8 winning percentage over that span.
- Penn State earns its 21st season with at least 10 wins under Joe Paterno, who is the FBS all-time leader in 10-win seasons. Bobby Bowden is second with 18, followed by Tom Osborne (15) and Bear Bryant (14).
- Penn State has back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 1993 (10-2) and 1994 (12-0).
- The Nittany Lions recorded their second 4-0 Big Ten road record in Big Ten play (1994).
- Penn State is 8-1 on the road the last two years.
- Penn State leads the series with Michigan State, 14-12-1, including a 13-4 mark in Big Ten play.
- The Lions and Spartans have combined to score 1,060 points in their 17 conference games, an average of 62.3 points per game. Penn State has scored 608 points (35.7 avg.) and Michigan State has scored 452 points (26.6 avg.).

OFFENSE NOTES
- Penn State did not have any turnovers for the fourth time in the last six games.
- The Nittany Lions had 512 yards of total offense, their fourth game of 500 or more yards this season.
- Penn State had eight plays of 20 yards more from scrimmage, with two going for touchdowns.
- Penn State's :59 scoring drive to open the second half was its 11th touchdown drive of the season of under 1:00 in duration.
- Penn State's 28 points in the third quarter ties a high for scoring in a quarter this season, equaling its second quarter output versus Eastern Illinois. The 28 points are its highest total for single quarter vs. an FBS foes since scoring 31 in the second quarter versus Temple in 2008.

Penn State is the only Big Ten team ranked in the top five of the conference's four primary statistical categories: total (412.5 ypg), scoring (29.7 ppg), rushing (173.6 ypg) and passing offense (238.9 ypg).

DEFENSE NOTES
- Penn State has not allowed a 100-yard rusher the last 15 games, the nation's third-longest streak.

- The Nittany Lions held eight opponents to 14 points or less this season.
- Penn State allowed just its fifth first half touchdown of the season when Michigan State found the end zone late in the second quarter. Penn State has a 187-61 scoring advantage in the first half this year.
- Penn State is ranked in the Top 20 nationally and top 3 in the Big Ten in all six primary defensive categories. The Nittany Lions lead the conference in scoring defense (4th in NCAA, 11.8 ppg), tackles for losses (6th, 8.25) and sacks (13th, 2.9), are second in the Big Ten in total (7th, 281.3 ypg) and rushing defense (10th, 93.9 ypg) and third in pass defense (18th, 183.2 ypg.
- The Nittany Lions lead the nation in red zone defense (65.4 pct., 17 of 26).

Daryll Clark
- Daryll Clark is 21-4 as the Nittany Lions' starting quarterback.
- Daryll Clark was 19 of 27 (70.4) for 310 yards, with 4 TD and 0 Interceptions. The 310 yards were third-highest in his career (353 vs. Akron '09; 341 vs. MSU '08).
- Daryll Clark finished the regular season as the Big Ten's pass efficiency leader with a 145.67 rating.
- Daryll Clark led the Big Ten with 23 touchdown passes, good for a tie for No. 8 nationally.
- Daryll Clark is the only Big Ten quarterback ranked in the top four of the primary three categories (pass efficiency, 1st, 145.67; total offense, 3rd, 248.2 ypg; passing yardage, 4th, 232, ypg).
- For the season, Daryll Clark is 214 of 346 (61.8) for 2,787 yards, with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also has rushed for 191 yards and seven touchdowns.
- Daryll Clark broke Penn State record for career touchdown passes with 42.
- Clark broke the Penn State mark for TD passes in a single season with 23.
- Clark moved into sole possession of first place in Penn State program history in passing yardage with 2,787 yards.
- Clark threw a career-high four TD passes vs. Michigan State for the second consecutive year. He threw scoring strikes of 29, 30, 32, and 27 yards. He also threw four TD passes at Michigan on Oct. 24.
- Penn State is 12-1 when Daryll Clark throws for more than 200 yards.
- Clark broke his own school record for season touchdowns responsible for with 30 (23 passing, 7 rushing). Clark's 64 career TD responsible for are a PSU record.
- Clark's 2,978 yards of total offense this season rank No. 2 in Penn State records books. Michael Robinson's 3,156 yards in 2005 are first.
- Clark's 6,125 career yards of total offense rank No. 2 in Penn State records books, passing Tony Sacca (6,000) vs. the Spartans. Zack Mills (7,796) is first.

Evan Royster
- Evan Royster's 5.9 average on 188 carries is best in the Big Ten among rushers with at least 90 carries.
- Royster is No. 2 in the Big Ten in rushing (92.0 ypg) and No. 3 in all-purpose yards (108.2 ypg).
- Evan Royster eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season with a 22-yard run on Penn State's opening drive. He is the seventh Nittany Lion to record multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
- Evan Royster finished the game with 1,104 yards this season, good for No. 13 on the school season list.
- Royster moved into eighth place in Penn State career rushing yardage with 2,853 yards. Lydell Mitchell ranks seventh with 2,934 yards.
- Royster registered his 12th career 100-yard rushing game of his career and sixth this season. The Nittany Lions are 12-0 when he gains 100 yards.

LINEBACKER U
- Penn State has 3 of the Big Ten's top seven tacklers: Josh Hull (4th, 9.2 avg.), Sean Lee (8.9 avg.) and Navorro Bowman (8.4 avg.). Lee and Bowman both missed three games earlier in the season with injuries.
- Navorro Bowman leads all linebackers nationally in TFL with a 1.55 average. He is tied for No. 9 nationally in TFL according to latest NCAA statistics.
- Navorro Bowman recorded 10 tackles (seven solo), with 3.5 TFL (minus-17), a sack and a pass break-up. He posted his ninth career double figure tackle game.
- Navorro Bowman tied a team season-high for TFLs in a game with 3.5.
- Bowman leads the team with 15.5 TFL (minus-55) despite missing 2 ¾ games with an injury.
- Sean Lee made seven tackles to move into fourth place in school career tackles with 319, passing Brian Gelzheiser (315). He also had a TFL and grabbed his third career interception.
-Josh Hull made seven stops and leads the team with 110 tackles this season.

ALSO...
- Andrew Quarless set a career high in receiving touchdowns in a season with three with his two-score performance versus Michigan State. He also tied a single game high in touchdowns (vs. Buffalo, 2007). Quarless has eight career touchdown receptions.
- Freshman wide receiver Curtis Drake recorded his first career touchdown of any kind with his 14-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless in the third quarter.
- Nick Sukay's interception of Kirk Cousins in the third quarter was his second this season and of his career.
- Joe Suhey's 30-yard touchdown reception was the first of his career and a career long catch.
- Freshman Stephon Morris started at right cornerback, becoming the 19th Nittany Lion this season to earn his first career start. Morris made five tackles to tie his season-high.
- Michigan State's 87-yard scoring drive late in the second quarter was the longest in terms of yards that Penn State has allowed this season. The previous high was 80 yards, set on three different occasions.

 

 

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