Inside The Penn State Game

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana makes its first trip to Happy Valley since 2003 this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana makes its first trip to Happy Valley since 2003 this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 14, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's game at Penn State, takes a look inside the numbers. The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions will kick off at noon EST Saturday at Memorial Stadium and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

    Wayne Larrivee will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Charissa Thompson. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game).

    The Penn State Series
    Indiana has never defeated Penn State. The Nittany Lions have won all 11 meetings, including five in Happy Valley, five in Memorial Stadium and one at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Following last year's 36-31 PSU victory in Bloomington (Oct. 20), five of the 11 matchups and the last two contests have been decided by seven points or less. The last time the two teams faced off in Happy Valley, Penn State earned a 52-7 win on Nov. 15, 2003.

    Scouting Penn State
    Penn State enters Saturday's game with a 9-1 overall record and a 5-1 Big Ten mark, which shares second with Ohio State. The Nittany Lions are ranked seventh in the AP Poll, and eighth in the Coaches' Poll and the BCS Standings.

    PSU leads the Big Ten with 39.9 points (ninth nationally), ranks second with 221.7 rushing yards (12th) and 442.7 total yards (19th), and sits fourth with 221.0 passing yards. Senior quarterback Daryll Clark averages 173.8 passing yards, is completing 60.5 percent of his passes and has thrown 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Clark also has 235 rushing yards and eight TDs on the ground.

    Sophomore tailback Evan Royster is third in the league with 106.0 yards per game. He has rushed for 1,090 yards and has crossed the goal line 11 times. Senior Deon Butler leads the Nittany Lions with 524 receiving yards and 35 catches with three touchdowns followed by Jordan Norwood's 26 receptions for 409 yards and five TDs.



    Senior Derrick Williams averages 105.9 all-purpose yards per game. Williams has 155 rushing, 333 receiving, 136 punt return and 430 kick return yards. He leads the Big Ten and shares 14th nationally with 28.67 yards per kick return and he has returned two for scores. Williams also has two rushing, one receiving, and one punt return score.

    Penn State holds one of the top defenses in the country. The Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in scoring defense (12.4, fifth nationally), rush defense (99.3, ninth), total defense (266.5, sixth) and are second in pass defense (167.2, 10th). PSU is tied for second in the league and 20th nationally with 20 sacks in addition to picking off 13 passes and recovering six fumbles.

    Sophomore defensive end Aaron Maybin leads the Big Ten and is tied for fourth in the country with 11 sacks and ranks third in the conference and sixth in the nation with 16.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore linebacker Navorro Bowman is fifth in the Big Ten with 89 tackles to go along with three sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception.

    Senior kicker Kevin Kelly shares eighth in the country with 17 field goals. He is 17-of-20 on the season with a long of 52 and is a perfect 46-of-46 on extra points. Junior punter Jeremy Boone is averaging 41.5 yards per punt.

    Joe Paterno is in his 43rd year as head coach at Penn State. He is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history and holds a 381-126-3 overall record.

    Sack Campaign
    Junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew, who was recently added to the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, is sixth nationally and second in the Big Ten in sacks (10.5), and he is second nationally and leads the league in tackles for loss (18.5). In conference action only, Kirlew paces the Big Ten with 14 tackles for loss and is tied for the top spot with seven sacks.

    For the sixth straight game, Kirlew recorded a sack with two against Wisconsin, his third multi-sack game of the season and the fourth of his career. His team- and career-high 10.5 sacks are good for fourth place on IU's single-season list, and his 16.5 career sacks are a half-sack behind Joe Huff for fifth place on the school's career chart.

    The Orlando native started the streak with 2.5 sacks at Minnesota and also matched a career-high with 10 tackles to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, the second-best total of his career. Kirlew set a new career mark with nine solo stops against No. 22 Northwestern, and he currently sits second on the Hoosiers with 58 total tackles and paces the team with 45 solos on the year.

    Kirlew added three tackles for loss and one forced fumble vs. the Wildcats, while his sack of Mike Kafka resulted in a 24-yard loss. He contributed two more TFLs vs. Central Michigan and two against Wisconsin to move into fifth place on the school's career chart with 36 in his career. Kirlew leads the team with his 18.5 tackles for loss this year, which is fifth on the Hoosiers' single-season list, and he has 11 multi-TFL games in his career and seven this season. He has collected at least three tackles for loss three times, has at least one TFL in seven straight games and in nine of 10 games this season.

    Under Pressure
    Despite collecting just one sack against Ball State and Michigan State combined, the Hoosier defense has climbed into a tie for second in the Big Ten and a tie for 20th nationally with 27 sacks this season. Indiana has 19 sacks over its last six games, including seven against Central Michigan, the team's highest total since its school-record nine at Iowa last season.

    The Hoosiers have recorded at least one sack nine times this year and have seven multi-sack games, including five of their last six contests. IU also ranks fifth in the Big Ten and tied for 39th in the country with 6.2 tackles for loss per game.

    Nine different players have recorded at least a half-sack, led by junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew's 10.5 and junior middle linebacker Matt Mayberry's total of five. Kirlew also leads the team with 18.5 tackles for loss followed by junior weak-side linebacker Will Patterson's 8.5 and Mayberry's 7.5.


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