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THIS WEEKPenn State plays its Big Ten Conference home

opener, entertaining Illinois. The contest is the NittanyLions 91st Homecoming Game and Penn State has a65-20-5 mark all-time; 39-5 under Coach Joe Paterno.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a 24-3 loss at thenNo. 17 Iowa. The Fighting Illini are coming off a 24-13home loss to No. 2 Ohio State. Illinois is playing its firstroad game of the year, having met Missouri in St. Louisin the season opener.

LIONS FALL AT IOWA IN BIG TEN OPENER Iowa grabbed a 10-0 first quarter lead and made

goal line stand early in the third quarter to hold off adetermined Nittany Lion effort, posting a 24-3 win inIowa City in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

The Penn State defense kept the Hawkeyes off thescoreboard in the second half, holding Iowa to just fourfirst downs and 114 yards in the final 30 minutes. But, theHawkeyes No. 1 ranked defense held the visitors to 54

rushing yards and 3 of 13 on third down conversions.Evan Royster gained 56 yards on 10 carries and

moved into fourth place on Penn States career rushinglist with 3,271 yards, passing D.J. Dozier (3,227) andCurtis Enis (3,256).

Rob Bolden recorded his fourth 200-yard passinggame of the season, going 20 of 37 for 212 yards, withno touchdowns and one interception. Devon Smith tiedhis career-high with five receptions, gaining 58 yards,and Justin Brown tied his career-high for the secondconsecutive week with four catches, good for 42 yards.

Penn State recorded 9.0 tackles for losses, its sec-ond-highest total of the season (10 TFL vs. Kent State).Senior linebacker Chris Colasanti made a career-high2.5 TFL and cornerback DAnton Lynn tied his career-high with nine tackles. Safety Drew Astorino made a sea-son-high eight tackles.

Junior safety Nick Sukay grabbed his third intercep-tion over the past two games (fifth of his career) at thePenn State 17 in the first quarter.

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Athletic Communications: Jeff Nelson (jtn4@psu.edu), Brian Siegrist (tbs1@psu.edu), John Regenfuss (jmr49@psu.edu), Guido DElia (gnd3@psu.edu)Phone: 814-865-1757 FAX: 814-863-3165 Address: 101 D Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA 16802-7101 Website: www.GoPSUsports.com

Penn State (3-2, 0-1) vs.

Illinois (2-2, 0-1)

When: Saturday, October 9, 2010Where: Beaver Stadium (107,282)Kickoff: 12:01 p.m. ET Attendance: 107,000-plusSeries Record: Penn State, 14-3PSU Captains: WR Brett Brackett, DT Ollie Ogbu

TELEVISION: ESPN2 will nationally televise thecontest with Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese callingthe action.

The Nittany Lions are appearing on television forthe 196th time in their last 198 games.

RADIO: Penn State Sports Network (60 stations)Radio Team (11th year)Play-by-Play: Steve Jones; Analysis: Jack HamWeb stream: www.GoPSUsports.comThe Illini Sports Network (Brian Barnhart, play-by- play andKurt Kittner, analysis). Sirius 122, XM 143

COACHES:JOE PATERNOPenn State Record . . . . . .397-131-3 (75.0), 45th YearOverall Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Samevs. Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-261st year on Penn State staff...all-time leader in careerwins among FBS (1-A) coaches...300 wins faster thanany coach in NCAA history...College Football Hall ofFame inductee in 2007.

RON ZOOKIllinois Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-41, 6th YearOverall Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46-55, 9th Yearvs. Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4

THE SERIES: The Nittany Lions and Fighting Illiniare meeting for the 18th time. Penn State leads theseries, 14-3, including an 11-2 mark since the Lionsbegan Big Ten play in 1993.

Penn State earned a 35-17 victory in Champaignon Oct. 3, 2009.

The squads next meet on Oct. 29, 2011 in BeaverStadium

(See page 3 for more series information)

STATISTICAL LEADERS

RUSHINGEvan Royster... . . . . . . .67 att., 353 yds, 1 TD, 5.3 avg.Stephfon Green . . . .35 att., 121 yds, 1 TD, 3.5 avg.

PASSINGRob Bolden . . . . . . . .88 of 150, 1,035 yds, 3 TD, 6 Int.

RECEIVINGDerek Moye . . . . . . . .19 rec., 271 yds, 0 TD, 14.3 avg.Brett Brackett. . . . . . .17 rec.,257 yds, 2 TD, 15.1 avg.Devon Smith . . . . .16 rec., 195 yds, 1 TD, 14.6 avg.

SCORINGCollin Wagner . . . . . . . . .11-13 FG, 8-8 PAT, 41 pts

TACKLESChris Colasanti . . . . . .11 (s), 30 (a),41 tot, 3.5 TFLMichael Mauti . . . . . . .13 (s),18 (a), 31 tot., 1.5 TFLNick Sukay . . . . . . . . . . .11 (s), 15 (a), 26 tot., 3 Int.

2010 SCHEDULE & RESULTS (ALL TIMES ET)Overall: 3-1; Big Ten: 0-0; Home: 3-0; Away: 0-1

Date Opponent (rank) Time/Score TV Attend.

9/4 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 44-14 BTN 101,2139/11 at Alabama (1) 3-24 ESPN 101,8219/18 KENT STATE 24-0 ESPN2 100,6109/25 TEMPLE 22-13 BTN 104,84010/2 at Iowa 3-24 ESPN 70,58510/9 ILLINOIS 12:00 ESPN2 10/23 at Minnesota TBA TBA10/30 MICHIGAN 8:00 ABC/ESPN11/6 NORTHWESTERN TBA11/13 at Ohio State TBA11/20 vs. Indiana (FedEx Field) TBA11/27 MICHIGAN STATE TBA

PENN STATE SCHEDULE

STATISTICAL LEADERS

RUSHINGMikel Leshoure . . . . . . . . . . . .77 att., 478 yds, 3 TDNathan Scheelhaase . . . . . . . .51 att, 216 yds, 2 TDJason Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 att, 91 yds, 2 TD

PASSINGNathan Scheelhaase .43 of 79, 489 yds, 3 TD, 4 INT

RECEIVINGJarred Fayson . . . . . . . . . . . .16 rec., 129 yds, 0 TDA.J. Jenkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 rec., 206 yds, 2 TD

SCORINGDerek Dimke . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7 FG, 9-9 PAT, 27 pts

TACKLESMartez Wilson . . . . . . . .16 (s), 28 (a), 34 tot., 5.0 TFLIan Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . .16 (s), 15 (a), 31 tot., 4.0 TFL Travon Bellamy . . . . . . . . . .19 (s), 9 (a), 28 tot., 4.0 TFL

2010 SCHEDULE & RESULTSOverall: 2-2; Big Ten: 0-1; Home: 2-1; Away: 0-0; Neutral: 0-1

Date Opponent Time/Score

9/4 vs. Missouri (at St. Louis) 13-239/11 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 35-3

9/18 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 28-2210/2 OHIO STATE 13-2410/9 at Penn State 12:0010/16 at Michigan State10/23 INDIANA10/30 PURDUE11/6 at Michigan11/13 MINNESOTA11/20 at Northwestern12/4 at Fresno State

ILLINOIS SCHEDULE

GAME #6

October 4, 2010

PENN STATE FOOTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VS. ILLINOIS, OCT. 9, 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PG. 2

124TH SEASON OF GRIDIRON EXCEL-LENCE; ONE OF SEVEN WITH 800 WINS

Penn State is in its 124th season of intercollegiate foot-ball and owns an 814-353-42 record, to rank sixth nation-ally in all-time victories.

Penn State became just the sixth school in the nationto win 800 games with its victory over Michigan State in2008 and is joined by: Michigan (882), Texas (848), NotreDame (839), Nebraska (831) and Ohio State (824) in the800-win club. Oklahoma (804) became the seventh schoolwith 800 wins with its Sept. 4, 2010 win.

IN TOP 10 FOR WINSOVER LAST FIVE SEASONS

Since the start of the 2005 season, the Nittany Lionsare 54-15 (78.3), good for No. 9 in the nation in winningpercentage over the past five-plus seasons.

The Nittany Lions have won 56 of their past 71 gamesoverall (78/8 pct.) dating to the final two games of the 2004season. Ohio State is the only Big Ten team with a betterrecord than Penn State over the past 71 contests.

Penn State earned back-to-back 10-win seasons forthe first time since 1993 (10-2) and 1994 (12-0) with its 11-2 marks in 2008 and 09.

LIONS STREAK OF 38 CONSECUTIVE AP POLLS ENDS

After being ranked in the Associated Press poll forthe past 38 polls (tied with Alabama for fourth-longest inthe nation), Penn State is not ranked in the AP or USAToday Coaches polls this week.

The Nittany Lions earned their 23rd Top 10 finish inthe polls under Joe Paterno last season and have 35 Top25 finishes under the Hall of Fame mentor.

SIX FOES IN RANKINGSSix of Penn States 2010 opponents are ranked in this

weeks USA Today Coaches poll, led by No. 1 Alabamaand No. 2 Ohio State. Other Nittany Lion opponents in theTop 25 are: Iowa (15), Michigan State (16), Michigan (17)and Northwestern (25).

Five of the six foes enter this week with a 5-0 recordand Penn State will face four of them in the final five gamesof the season.

The Nittany Lions opponents have a combined recordof 40-12 (76.9), not including the game with Penn State.

FIRST TEAM TO VISIT 3 BCS WINNERSPenn State will be the first squad to play three road

games against winners of a Bowl Championship Seriesgame from the previous season. The Nittany Lions are vis-iting Alabama (BCS National Champions), Iowa (FedEx

Orange) and Ohio State (Rose) this fall.The Nittany Lions join Kentucky (2007) and Auburn

(2008) as the only teams to play three winners of a BCSgame from the previous season (regular season gamesonly). The BCS started during the 1998 season.

BOUNCING BACKPenn State is 12-1 in its next game after a loss since

the start of the 2005 season. The Nittany Lions are 13-1after a loss if the 2009 season opening win over Akron isincluded.

YOUTHFUL LIONSJust seven Penn State seniors started the Iowa

game, four on offense and three on defense.A breakdown of the Nittany Lion starters vs. the

Hawkeyes:Seniors - 7 (4 off, 3 def)Juniors - 10 (5 off, 5 def)Sophomores - 4 (1 off, 3 def)Freshmen - 1 (1 off)

Placekicker Collin Wagner is a senior and punterAnthony Fera is a redshirt freshman.

91ST HOMECOMING GAMEIllinois will provide the opposition for Penn States

91st Homecoming game. The Nittany Lions have animpressive 65-20-5 record in front of the alumni audie

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