Penn State Alamo Bowl Post-Game Notes
Dec. 30, 2007
Penn State earned its 26th bowl victory, the third most in the nation, and 23rd under Joe Paterno, the all-time leader in bowl victories with a 23-10-1 record (69.1). Paterno's all-time record improved to 372-125-3 (74.7).
Penn State owns one of the nation's top 15 records the past three seasons, improving to 29-9 (76.3). The Nittany Lions have won 31 of their last 40 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.
Penn State earned a 9-4 record, its 27th season with nine or more victories under Joe Paterno.
Penn State improved its all-time bowl record to 26-12-2 and its nation-leading bowl winning percentage to 67.5 percent (for teams with 10 or more bowl victories).
The Nittany Lions have won three consecutive bowl games, improving to 9-2 in post-season contests since beginning Big Ten play in 1993. Penn State is 2-0 in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The game marked the 40th bowl appearance for Penn State, the 500th game for Joe Paterno's as head coach and his record 34th bowl appearance.
The sell-out crowd of 66,166 for the game marked the largest for any sporting event in Alamodome history. The Nittany Lions have played in front of two of the three largest Alamo Bowl throngs, as 65,380 attended the 1999 clash between Penn State and Texas A&M.
Penn State's comeback win from a 14-point first quarter deficit was its largest come-from-behind win since trailing by 16 in the first half at Northwestern (23-7) in 2005 and coming back for a 34-29 victory. It also tied the biggest come-from-behind win in Alamo Bowl history with Texas, which trailed by 14 before winning 26-24 over Iowa in 2006.
Penn State's 270 rushing yards were a season high and the second highest total in Alamo Bowl history. It was the fifth best total in bowl history for Penn State and most since 330 in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Penn State's 6.6 yards per carry were also the second highest in the Bowl's history.
Senior tailback Rodney Kinlaw was named Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP after posting his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season, carrying the ball 21 times for 143 yards (6.8). Kinlaw had 90 yards on 13 carries in the first half and finished the season with three consecutive 100-yard efforts.
Rodney Kinlaw moved into ninth all-time in single season rushing yardage at Penn State, passing Curtis Enis (1,210, 1996). Kinlaw finishes the season with 1,329 yards on 243 carries, an average of 5.5 yards per carry.
Rodney Kinlaw became the 13th Nittany Lion to rush for at least 100 yards in a bowl game.
Evan Royster's 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave Penn State a 24-17 lead was a career long carry for the redshirt freshman. It was his fifth TD run on the season and the second longest rushing TD for Penn State this year. Royster gained 65 yards on nine carries (7.2).
Junior linebacker Sean Lee posted his 10th double-digit tackle game of the season, recording a game-high 14 tackles, tied for most in Alamo Bowl history, to earn Defensive MVP honors. He finished the season with 138 tackles, the fourth-best single season mark in Penn State history.
Sophomore defensive end Maurice Evans forced his team-leading fourth fumble of the season, which was recovered by A.J. Wallace for his third fumble recovery of the season (tying Sean Lee for the team lead) on the Texas A&M 11-yard line. Daryll Clark scored one play later to tie the game at 14-14. Evans later forced his fifth fumble of the season in the third quarter that was recovered by A&M.
Sophomore cornerback A.J. Wallace recorded his first career interception early in the third quarter.
Senior All-America linebacker Dan Connor posted nine tackles to finish the season with 145 tackles, the second highest single season mark in Penn State history behind Greg Buttle's 165 in 1974. Connor finishes his career as the all-time career tackle leader at Penn State with 419. Connor also had one tackle for loss and ended his career with 34, tied for the 12th best mark at Penn State with Paul Posluszny (2003-06).
Quarterback Daryll Clark's 11-yard TD run in the second quarter was his second of the season. Clark posted career highs, rushing six times for 50 yards (8.3) and a touchdown.
Deon Butler's 30-yard touchdown catch was his second longest TD catch of the season, his fourth on the year and marked his third straight game with a TD catch. It was his 15th career TD catch tying him for fourth all-time at Penn State with Terry Smith (1989-91) and Joe Jurevicius (1994-97).
Terrell Golden's 32-yard catch on third and 20 at the end of the first half was his longest of the season.
Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli passed for 143 yards and a touchdown. He finished the season with 2,651 yards, just 28 shy of the single season mark of 2,679 set by Kerry Collins in 1994. He finished his career with 5,275 yards passing, the fifth highest total in PSU history and 31 career TD passes, the sixth best total. His 19 TD passes this season tied Doug Strang (1983) for the fourth highest single season total at Penn State.
Freshman Jeremy Boone averaged 51.4 yards on five punts, the fourth best single game average in Penn State history, and a school bowl game record, breaking the mark of 51.0 set by Chris Clauss in the 1988 Citrus Bowl.
Junior linebacker Tyrell Sales posted his third sack of the season, for an 11-yard loss.
Junior safety Mark Rubin made a career-high eight tackles.
Freshman DT Abe Koroma made his first career start.
Junior Kevin Kelly made a field goal for his 20th consecutive game. He made 20 field goals on the season and is Penn State's all-time career leader with 58. Kelly scored 104 kicking points on the season which ranks second all-time to Travis Forney's 107 in 1999 and is just the second time a kicker has eclipsed 100 points in a season. Kelly, a junior, owns three of the top five scoring seasons by a kicker in Penn State history and is the career scoring leader at Penn State with 305 points.
Penn State's 16-play, 78-yard scoring drive at the end of the first half capped by a Kevin Kelly field goal was its longest by number of plays on the season and marked the eighth Penn State scoring drive in the final two minutes of the first half on the season.
Penn State outscored Texas A&M 24-3 in the second and third quarters. For the season, Penn State outscored opponents in the middle two quarters 223-60, including a 131-21 advantage in the second period.
The Penn State defense permitted only three points to the Aggies after the first quarter. The Nittany Lion defense has allowed only 26 touchdowns in the past 19 games.
Texas A&M's 14 first quarter points equaled the most given up by Penn State this year. Penn State also gave up 14 in the first in a loss at Illinois.
Penn State had just two penalties for 15 yards against Texas A&M. For the season, the Lions had 58 penalties for 446 yards, an average of 34.3 yards per game.
Texas A&M's 18-play drive consuming 8:45 for a field goal in the third quarter was the longest against Penn State by number of plays and time on the season.
Penn State has won 52 of 63 non-conference games since starting Big Ten play in 1993.
The Nittany Lions improved to 16-4-1 all-time against schools from Texas, with a 3-1 mark against Texas A&M.
Penn State improved to 3-2 in bowl games in domed stadiums.