Penn State clocked Purdue 34-9 on Saturday to run its season record to 6-3. The Nittany Lions, who will gear up for a big road test at Nebraska this week, continued some impressive offensive trends and could be in line for another big day on the scoreboard against a Cornhusker defense that has been less than stingy. We go further inside the numbers in our weekly feature.
Matt McGloin is quickly climbing several of Penn State's career passing charts.
Field goals by kicker Sam Ficken
in his last six attempts. Only one of those kicks has been longer than 27 yards, but the sophomore has rebounded considerably after making 2 of his first 8 attempts this season.
Fumbles forced by freshman defensive end Deion Barnes
, which ties him for the Big Ten lead in that category.
Number of Penn State career statistical categories in which Matt McGloin
ranks in the top five. The senior quarterback is third in career completions (454), fourth in career yardage (5,555) and fifth in both passing touchdowns (40) and pass attempts (788).
Offensive touchdowns (18 passing, 14 rushing) by the Nittany Lions through nine games. The 2011 Penn State team had 28 offensive touchdowns (10 passing, 18 rushing) in 13 games.
Tackles recorded this season by senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill
, seven more than recorded by every other player to play defensive tackle for Penn State this season (including defensive end Pete Massaro
Big Ten teams allowing more than 30 points per game in conference play this season. That list includes two teams Penn State has already played (Purdue and Illinois) as well as Nebraska, which is allowing 30.2 points per game in Big Ten play.
Penalties committed by the Nittany Lions through five Big Ten games (the conference's fourth-most penalized team in league play) after 20 penalties in the four non-conference games. Nebraska has committed more penalties (40) than any Big Ten team in conference play.
Consecutive games with four or more receptions by wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder
, who caught a total of four passes in 2011. The redshirt junior leads the team with a 14.5-yard average.
First-quarter points scored by Nebraska this season, more than the Cornhuskers have scored in any quarter. The Nittany Lions have allowed only three first-quarter points all season.
Number of running plays and passing plays, respectively, by Penn State this season, a near-perfect balance. The Nittany Lions had 38 rushes and 37 pass attempts in the win at Purdue.