Nov. 24, 2012
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Penn State vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 24, 2012 - POST-GAME NOTES
The squad elected captains this past week, which were announced on Saturday: OFFENSE: QB Matt McGloin and RB Michael Zordich; DEFENSE: LB Jordan Hill and LB Michael Mauti; SPECIAL TEAMS: LB Michael Yancich
Penn State won eight of its last 10 games to finish at 8-4 and 6-2 in the Big Ten in its first season under coach Bill O'Brien. The Nittany Lions two losses came to Big Ten division winners Ohio State and Nebraska.
Bill O'Brien's eight wins are a record by a first-year Penn State head coach in the 126 years of the program. Dick Harlow's 1915 team went 7-2 for the previous best mark.
Penn State won its third consecutive overtime game and is now 3-3 in overtime games. The Nittany Lions won their first overtime game at home and are now 1-2 at home in overtime. Penn State's last overtime game was a 28-27 victory at Minnesota in 2006.
Penn State finished the season outscoring its opponents 192-66 in the first half. The Nittany Lions out-scored their foes 97-20 in the first quarter, allowing only two first quarter touchdowns all season (both by Wisconsin).
Penn State scored an offensive touchdown in the first quarter vs. Wisconsin, marking the ninth game this season that they did so.
The touchdown allowed by the Nittany Lions on Wisconsin's opening drive was the first touchdown given up by Penn State in the first quarter this season. The Badgers scored 14 first quarter points. Penn State had allowed just six coming into the game.
After giving up 14 points and 127 yards on Wisconsin's opening two drives, Penn State allowed just seven points and 222 yards the final 11 drives, forcing eight straight punts and five three and outs (four on the Badgers first four drives of the second half) and gaining and interception
Penn State forced its 22nd turnover of the year and did not have a turnover for the fifth game on the year to finish the season with a 22-13 turnover ratio (+9). Penn State had just 10 turnovers in its final 11 games. Penn State entered the game No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 21 nationally in turnover margin and was leading the Big Ten in forced turnovers having forced at least one in 10 of 12 games.
Zach Zwinak's 179 rushing yards on the day are the most Wisconsin has given up to an individual all season bettering the 107 gained by Nebraska's Taylor Martinez.
- LB Mike Hull and OG Ty Howle and both started for the first time, becoming the 18th and 19th first-time starters for the Nittany Lions this season.
TB Zach Zwinak recorded a career high 179 yards rushing today, marking his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game and his fifth of the season. His previous best was 141 yards at Nebraska. He is the 13th player to post six or more 100-yard rushing games in the same season.
Zwinak finished the year with 1,000 yards rushing and six touchdowns in 10 games in which he recorded a carry (83.3 ypg) giving Penn State a 1,000-yard rusher for the eighth straight season. He is the fifth player to run for 1,000 yards since 2005 for Penn State and recorded the 22nd 1,000-yard rushing season in Penn State history, becoming the 14th player to accomplish the feat.
Zwinak's 36 carries were also a career best. Previously he had 29 last week against Indiana. His 36 carries were the most by a Penn State back since Curtis Enis had 37 carries against Purdue in 1997.
QB Matt McGloin's 41-yard touchdown pass to TE Jesse James in the fourth quarter was his 24th touchdown pass of the season tying him with Daryll Clark (2009) for most touchdown passes by a Nittany Lion quarterback in a single season.
McGloin finished his career throwing a touchdown pass in 13 straight regular season games, including every game this season.
With his 200 yards passing today, McGloin extended his school record consecutive 200-yard passing games to 10.
McGloin finishes the season with school season records in passing yardage (3,266), pass completions (270), pass attempts (446) and passing TD (tied with 24) after completing 60.5 percent of his passes on the year and posting a 24 to 5 touchdown to interception ratio.
McGloin finishes his career on the Penn State career passing charts: first in touchdown passes (46), second in yardage (6,390), second in completions (513) and second in attempts (894).
WR Allen Robinson posted 35 yards receiving today on four catches, giving him 1,013 for the season. He became only the second Nittany Lion to record than 1,000 yards receiving in a season joining Bobby Engram who twice accomplished the feat in 1994 and 1995. Robinson's yardage total ranks third all-time on the season chart while his 77 catches shattered the school record of 63 previously set by O.J. McDuffie in 1992.
TE Jesse James' 41-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter was his fifth of the season. James posted a career-high 90 yards receiving on a career-best tying three catches.
Senior DT Jordan Hill recorded a career-best 12 tackles (8 solo) in the game and added two sacks and three tackles for loss. Hill recorded eight tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss (1 solo and two assisted) in the fourth quarter and overtime alone.
LB Glenn Carson posted a team high 13 tackles (9 solo) on the game, one shy of his career best 14 posted at Nebraska this season.
Senior S Jake Fagnano, making his second career start, grabbed the first interception of his career in the fourth quarter at the Penn State six yard line ending a Wisconsin drive that had reached the Penn State 20.
Soph. PK Sam Ficken was 3 of 3 on field goals and made his first game-winning FG, a 37-yarder in overtime. Ficken made his last 10 field goal attempts over the last 5 games and 12 of last 13. He finished the season 14 of 21 on FGs after starting the season 2 of 8