Postgame Notes

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Nov. 27, 2011

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- Penn State and Wisconsin tied for the Big Ten Leaders Division title with 6-2 records.

- Penn State has won at least nine games for the 14th time in 19 years in the Big Ten.

- The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) are eligible to participate in their 44th bowl game. Penn State's 27 bowl wins are No. 3 nationally and 43 bowl visits are good for No. 8.

- Penn State lost on the road for the first time this season (4-1). The Nittany Lions are 14-5 away from Beaver Stadium the last four years. Penn State is 12-4 in Big Ten road games since the start of the 2008 season.

- The Wisconsin game was Penn State's first Big Ten game this season not decided by 10 points or less.

- Penn State remains in the Top 12 nationally in scoring defense (8th, 15.7 ppg); total (11th, 300.9 ypg); pass (5th, 162.2 ypg); pass efficiency defense (100.1). (Nov. 27 NCAA rankings)

- The Nittany Lions are No. 2 in the Big Ten in turnovers forced (T 23rd, 26) and passes intercepted (T 20th, 14). (Nov. 27 NCAA rankings)

- Penn State played a different opponent in the regular season finale for the first time since joining the conference in 1993. From 1993-2010, the Nittany Lions and Michigan State met to end the season.

- Penn State scored touchdowns on its first possession in back-to-back games (3rd time in 2011)

- Penn State has allowed just a total of 41 points this season in the first quarter, an average of 3.4 points per game.

- Penn State committed a season-high four turnovers and the Badgers converted the mistakes into 24 points.

- The Nittany Lions forced one or fewer turnovers for just the fourth time this season.

- Sophomore running back Silas Redd had 66 yards rushing (on 12 carries), giving him 1,188 yards this season, good for No. 12 on the Penn State season list. Curtis Enis ranks No. 11 on the list, gaining 1,210 yards in 1996.

- Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Curtis Drake's first quarter touchdown catch was the first of his career. The 44-yard reception was also a career long.

- Justin Brown's 33-yard punt return in the second quarter tied his season and career long. It also tied the team long for a punt return this season.

- Senior safety Drew Astorino set a career-high with 12 tackles. He totaled 11 earlier this year versus Iowa.

- Jack Crawford's sack in the third quarter gave him a team-high 6.5 sacks for the season. Crawford is T for 4th in Big Ten in sacks.

- Freshman wide receiver Allen Robinson earned his first career start

- Freshman wide receiver Bill Belton's pass attempt in the second quarter was the first of his career.

- Wisconsin's 45 points were the most allowed by Penn State since a 45-6 loss at Ohio State in 2000.

- The seven receptions made by Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis were the most allowed by Penn State to a receiver this season.

- Montee Ball's four rushing touchdowns were the most allowed by Penn State to an opposing running back this season.

 

 

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