Sunday, September 23, 2007

Nit Notes

-Couresty of Penn State University

- The Nittany Lions had their six-game winning streak snapped. Penn State has won 25 of its
last 31 games overall.

- Michigan’s Mike Hart carried the ball a career-high 44 times, breaking the record by a Penn State opponent of 42 carries, previously set by Indiana’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2003.
- The Penn State defense permitted only three drives above 40 yards, forced two turnovers and limited Mike Hart to 3.5 yards per carry. Ten Nittany Lions recorded a tackle for loss.

- The Penn State defense has allowed eight touchdowns in the past 10 games, three of which were by Buffalo in the fourth quarter after the Lions took a 31-3 third quarter lead.

- The Nittany Lions were 3 of 4 in the Red Zone. For the season, the Lions are 20 of 22 (90.9) in the Red Zone, with 14 touchdowns and six field goals.

- Penn State’s first scoring drive of 11 plays, 69 yards in 5:25 was its longest of the season for yards and time of possession and tied for the longest in number of plays.

- Junior cornerback Lydell Sargeant grabbed his second career interception late in the first half, returning it 31 yards to the PSU 37. Sargeant made a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo), including a tackle for loss.

- Junior linebacker Sean Lee made a game-high 12 tackles for the second consecutive game and was one of 10 Nittany Lions that made a minus-yardage play.

- Senior All-America linebacker Dan Connor made nine stops, with a TFL, to increase his career tackle to total to 312, four away from passing Brian Gelzheiser for third place.

- Sophomore defensive end Maurice Evans made a career-high nine stops, including a game-high four tackles for minus-eight yards.

- Sophomore defensive end Jerome Hayes made a career-best six stops (five solo), with a TFL.

- Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu made a career-high four hits, with three tackles for minus-nine yards.

- Nine Nittany Lion defenders tied or broke their career-high for tackles: Sargeant, Evans, Hayes, Ogbu, Saf Mark Rubin (5 tkls), DE Josh Gaines (4 tkls, 1 sack), DT Jared Odrick (4 tkls, 2 TFL), Chris Baker (3 tkls), DT Phil Taylor (2 tkls, 1 TFL).

- Junior placekicker Kevin Kelly was 3 of 3 on field goals. He moved into second place on the school career field goal attempts list with 65. Craig Fayak (1990-93) is the leader with 80. Kelly’s 44 field goals are good for fourth place on the Penn State career list, trailing only Fayak (50), Travis Forney (47) and Brett Conway (45).

- Junior wideout Deon Butler made three catches against Michigan, giving him 97 in his career, moving him into eighth place on the school list.

- Junior wideout Jordan Norwood made three catches vs. the Wolverines, giving him 91 in his career, moving him into sole possession of 11th place. Freddie Scott is 10th with 93 receptions.

- The Nittany Lions remain on the road next week, visiting Illinois at 11:00 a.m./12:00 p.m. ET. The Fighting Ilini defeated Indiana, 27-14, on Saturday to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The contest will air on the Big Ten Network, the Penn State Sports Network and, the official home of Penn State Athletics.

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