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Penn State 66, Coastal Carolina 10

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The season opener went pretty much as expected. Here's this morning's story. And here's a story on local boy, Pat Devlin, and his putting aside his disappointment in being named the backup.

Penn State 66, Coastal Carolina 10

Daryll Clark looks like a linebacker throwing a pass.
Daryll Clark looks like a linebacker throwing a pass.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The season opener went pretty much as expected. Here's this morning's story. And here's a story on local boy, Pat Devlin, and his putting aside his disappointment in being named the backup.

Here are some post-game notes provided by the Penn State Athletic Department:

- Penn State is now 101-19-2 in season openers, (winning its last seven and 16 of 18). The Nittany Lions are 36-7 in season openers under Joe Paterno and 109-12-1 in home openers overall.
- The Nittany Lions have won 32 of their last 41 games, tied for eighth-best in the nation over that span.
-Penn State is now 6-2 all-time in the month of August.
-The Nittany Lions are now 53-11 in non-conference games since starting Big Ten play in 1993.
-Penn State’s 66 points today are the most in a game for the Lions since scoring 67 against Louisiana Tech in 2000.
- The Lions’ margin of victory was the most since the 59-0 win over Florida International in the 2007 season opener and tied for sixth-largest under Joe Paterno.
-The Nittany Lions are now 4-1 against teams from South Carolina (2-0 vs. South Carolina, 1-0 vs. Furman, 1-0 vs. Coastal Carolina and 0-1 vs. Clemson.)
- Penn State’s 594 yards of total offense are its most since gaining 661 yards in a 59-34 win vs. Rutgers at Giants Stadium in 1995.
- The Lions’ 334 rushing yards are their most since gaining 389 yards on the ground vs. Youngstown State in 2006.
-The 24 points scored by the Nittany Lions in the second quarter are the most points scored by Penn State in a quarter since recording 28 in the third stanza of last year’s season opener against Florida International.
-Penn State scored 38 points in the first half today, the most points in a half for Penn State since the Nittany Lions scored 56 in the first half at Illinois in 2005.
-The Nittany Lions scored seven rushing touchdowns in a game for the first time since rushing for seven scores against Michigan State in the 2002 regular season finale.
-Evan Royster’s three rushing touchdowns today are a career-high and the first time that a Nittany Lion has had three rushing touchdowns in a game since Tony Hunt recorded the feat against Temple in 2006.
-Daryll Clark threw his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter, a 5-yard toss to Jordan Norwood.
-Stephfon Green notched his first career touchdown on a 7-yard rush in the second quarter.
-Derek Williams’s 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter was the first kickoff return for a touchdown of his career. Williams also has two punt returns for touchdowns in his career (Temple ’06 and Notre Dame ’07). It was the first kick return for a touchdown by a Nittany Lion since A.J. Wallace had a 97-yard kick return for a touchdown against Ohio State last season.
- Redshirt freshman Chaz Powell scored the first touchdown of his career on a 55-yard rush in the third quarter.
-True freshman Brandon Beachum scored the first touchdown of his career late in the fourth quarter.
-Bani Gbadyu’s interception in the second quarter was the first of his career.
-Pat Devlin’s 40-yard pass completion to Jordan Norwood, on his first play from scrimmage in the second quarter, marked the first completion of his career. Devlin was 0 for 1 passing in 2007.
-Derek Moye, Joe Suhey, Andrew Szczerba, Stephfon Green and Brent Carter all recorded their first career catches today.
-Aaron Maybin tied a career-high with two sacks today. He had two last year against Buffalo.
-First-time starters for Penn State included QB Daryll Clark, TB Evan Royster and WR Brett Brackett on offense and MLB Josh Hull and OLB Bani Gbadyu on defense.
- True freshmen who played for Penn State today included Brandon Beachum, Jack Crawford, DeOn’tae Pannell and Michael Mauti.
- Penn State will take on Oregon State next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ABC, with coverage on ESPN or ESPN2 outside of the ABC coverage area.

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About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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