Southern Miss Game Notes
Penn State has won three consecutive games for the first time since starting the 1999 season 9-0.
Penn State is now 59-15-5 all time on Homecoming, including a 33-3 mark under Coach Joe Paterno on Homecoming weekend.
The Nittany Lions have won 31 of 36 non-conference matchups since 1993.
Penn State is 4-0 against teams from Conference USA since the league began play in 1996
Southern Miss entered the game ranked 2nd nationally in total defense at 246.5 ypg and the Nittany Lions gained 443 yards.
Southern Miss entered the game ranked 5th nationally in scoring defense at 13.2 ppg. The Nittany Lions scored 38.
Southern Miss entered the game ranked 4th nationally in rushing defense at 60.6 ypg and the Lions gained 145.
Penn State has now recorded two touchdowns off of blocked punts in the same season for the first time since 1977, when the Lions scored three touchdowns off of blocked punts. Larry Johnson has returned both blocked punts for touchdowns (Iowa, Southern Miss), returning his own blocked punt 40 yards for a score today.
Penn State scored its first touchdown off of a fake field goal since Joe Nastasi scored on one against Michigan in 1995.
With 280 passing yards today, Zack Mills ties his career-high for passing yardage and sets a new single-season record for passing yardage by a freshman with 1,260 yards. The old record of 1,037 yards was set by redshirt freshman Todd Blackledge in 1980.
The 39 pass attempts today by the Nittany Lions are tied for the 12th most by Penn State under Coach Joe Paterno.
The 25 combined completions by Zack Mills and Matt Senneca are tied for the 5th highest number of completions for Penn State under Coach Paterno.
Omar Easy's first quarter touchdown rush marked the first time this year that Penn State has scored a touchdown in the first quarter of a game.
Bryant Johnson's 10 catches today are a career high. His previous high was eight at Northwestern on Oct. 20.
Bryant Johnson's 10 catches are tied for the 4th highest number of receptions in a game. He is tied for 4th place with four other players.
Bryant Johnson had his 4th 100-yard receiving game of the season today, marking the first time since 1997 that a Penn Stater has had four 100-yard receiving games in a season (Joe Jurevicius).
R.J. Luke had a career high 5 receptions today. In addition, Luke made his first career start at tight end.
Shamar Finney recorded his 5th career interception in the first quarter.