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2010 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Outback Bowl, L 24–37 vs. Florida
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2010 record7–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (45th season)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (7th season)
Defensive coordinatorTom Bradley (11th season)
CaptainBrett Brackett
CaptainOllie Ogbu
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 107,282)
← 2009
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2010 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Wisconsin §   7 1         11 2  
#5 Ohio State   0* 1         0* 1  
#14 Michigan State §   7 1         11 2  
Iowa   4 4         8 5  
Illinois   4 4         7 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 6  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         7 6  
Purdue   2 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         5 7  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *All wins for Ohio State (12-1, 7-1) and Penn State (7-6, 4-4) in the 2010 season are vacated
    As of January 11, 2011 • Rankings from AP Poll[1][2]

The Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. They were members of the Big Ten Conference. Team captains for the season were wide receiver Brett Brackett and defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu.[3]

The Nittany Lions finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in Big Ten play and were invited to the Outback Bowl where they were defeated by Florida 37–24.

Previous season

The 2009 Penn State Nittany Lions football team had the highest graduation rate among all of the teams on the Associated Press Top 25 poll with 89% of its 2002 enrollees graduating. Miami and Alabama tied for second place with a graduation rate of 75%.[4] The Nittany Lions finished the season with an 11–2 record and won the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy award to the best team in the ECAC for the 28th time and the second consecutive year.[5] The Nittany Lions completed the season on New Years Day with a 19–17 victory over the LSU Tigers in the Capital One Bowl.[6]

In the 2010 NFL draft, six Nittany Lions (Jared Odrick, Sean Lee, NaVorro Bowman, Andrew Quarless, Mickey Shuler, Jr., and Josh Hull) were drafted, tied with Iowa for most among Big Ten Conference schools. Penn State was also tied for fifth nationally for the highest number of 2010 draft picks.


Penn State did not play with Wisconsin and Purdue in the 2010 Big Ten Football Season.

September 412:00 p.m.Youngstown State[7]*No. 19BTNW 44–14101,213[8]
September 117:00 No. 1 Alabama[9]*No. 18ESPNL 3–24101,821[10]
September 1812:00 p.m.Kent State[9]*No. 22
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 24–0100,610[11]
September 253:30 p.m.Temple[9]*No. 23
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
BTNW 22–13104,840[12]
October 28:00 No. 18 Iowa[9]No. 22ESPNL 3–2470,585[13]
October 912:00 p.m.Illinois[9]dagger
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2L 13–33107,638[14]
October 2312:00 Minnesota[9]ESPNUW 33–2148,479[15]
October 308:00 p.m.Michigan[9]
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPNW 41–31108,539[16]
November 63:30 p.m.Northwestern[9]
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABC/ESPN2W 35–21104,147[17]
November 133:30 No. 7 Ohio State[9]ABC/ESPNL 14–38105,466[18]
November 2012:00 p.m.vs. Indiana[9]BTNW 41–2478,790[19]
November 2712:00 p.m.No. 10 Michigan State[9]
ESPN2L 22–28102,649[20]
January 1, 20111:00 p.m.vs. Florida*ABCL 24–3760,574[21]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Coaching staff

  • Joe Paterno – Head Coach
  • Dick Anderson – Offensive Line (Guards and Centers)
  • Tom Bradley – Defensive Coordinator and Cornerbacks
  • Kermit Buggs – Safeties
  • Galen Hall – Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs
  • Larry Johnson, Sr. – Defensive Line
  • Bill Kenney – Offensive Tackles and Tight Ends
  • Mike McQueary – Wide Receivers and Recruiting Coordinator
  • Jay Paterno – Quarterbacks
  • Ron Vanderlinden – Linebackers
  • John Thomas – Strength and Conditioning


2010 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 1 Bolden, RobertRobert Bolden Fr
RB 3 Beachum, BrandonBrandon Beachum Jr
WR 4 Kersey, ShawneyShawney Kersey File:Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 5 Zug, GrahamGraham Zug Sr
WR 6 Moye, DerekDerek Moye Jr
WR 7 Drake, CurtisCurtis Drake So
WR 8 Moseby-Felder, BrandonBrandon Moseby-Felder File:Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 10 Jones, PaulPaul Jones Fr
QB 11 McGloin, MattMatt McGloin File:Redshirt.svg So
QB 12 Newsome, KevinKevin Newsome So
TE 13 Wedderburn, MarkMark Wedderburn So
WR 15 Kenney, AlexAlex Kenney Fr
QB 16 McGregor, ShaneShane McGregor File:Redshirt.svg So
WR 17 Kuntz, ChristianChristian Kuntz File:Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 18 Goodman, AndrewAndrew Goodman File:Redshirt.svg So
QB 19 Venuto, GarrettGarrett Venuto File:Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 19 Brown, JustinJustin Brown So
WR 20 Smith, DevonDevon Smith So
RB 21 Green, StephfonStephfon Green Jr
RB 22 Royster, EvanEvan Royster Sr
RB 24 Day, DerekDerek Day File:Redshirt.svg So
RB 25 Redd, SilasSilas Redd Fr
RB 26 Dukes, CurtisCurtis Dukes File:Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 27 Tongue, TariqTariq Tongue File:Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 29 Kowalishen, KevinKevin Kowalishen So
FB 33 Dupree, AndreAndre Dupree File:Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 35 Zerbe, PatPat Zerbe File:Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 36 Thompson, DeronDeron Thompson Fr
RB 37 Suhey, JoeJoe Suhey Jr
FB 41 Zwinak, ZachZach Zwinak Fr
G 50 Pannell, DeOn'taeDeOn'tae Pannell Jr
OL 51 Christie, PatrickPatrick Christie Fr
T 52 Okoli, ChimaezeChimaeze Okoli File:Redshirt.svg Jr
C 54 Stankiewitch, MattMatt Stankiewitch File:Redshirt.svg So
OL 55 Ricketts, TomTom Ricketts Fr
T 58 Gress, AdamAdam Gress File:Redshirt.svg Fr
C 60 Howle, TyTy Howle File:Redshirt.svg Fr
G 61 Wisniewski, StefenStefen Wisniewski Sr
G 62 Figueroa, FrankFrank Figueroa File:Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 63 Mateas, AlexAlex Mateas Fr
G 64 Urschel, JohnJohn Urschel File:Redshirt.svg Fr
C 65 Dieffenbach, MilesMiles Dieffenbach Fr
T 67 Barham, QuinnQuinn Barham File:Redshirt.svg Jr
C 68 Klopacz, DougDoug Klopacz Sr
G 70 Tortorelli, AnthonyAnthony Tortorelli Jr
G 72 Kolb, KhamroneKhamrone Kolb Fr
G 73 Arcidiacono, MarkMark Arcidiacono File:Redshirt.svg Fr
G 74 Troutman, JohnnieJohnnie Troutman Jr
G 75 Shrive, EricEric Shrive File:Redshirt.svg Fr
T 76 Cadogan, NateNate Cadogan File:Redshirt.svg Fr
G 77 Eliades, LouLou Eliades File:Redshirt.svg Sr
T 78 Farrell, MikeMike Farrell File:Redshirt.svg So
OL 79 Graham, LukeLuke Graham Fr
TE 80 Szczerba, AndrewAndrew Szczerba Jr
WR 81 Scherer, RyanRyan Scherer File:Redshirt.svg So
TE 82 Haplea, KevinKevin Haplea File:Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 83 Brackett, BrettBrett Brackett (C) Sr
TE 87 Stewart, JonathanJonathan Stewart Jr
TE 88 Mason, J.D.J.D. Mason So
TE 89 Gilliam, GaryGary Gilliam File:Redshirt.svg Fr
Pos. # Name Class
S 1 Sukay, NickNick Sukay Jr
CB 2 Powell, ChazChaz Powell Jr
CB 5 Thomas, DerrickDerrick Thomas File:Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 6 Hodges, GeraldGerald Hodges So
CB 8 Lynn, D'AntonD'Anton Lynn Jr
LB 9 Zordich, MichaelMichael Zordich File:Redshirt.svg So
S 10 Willis, MalcolmMalcolm Willis File:Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 11 Fortt, KhairiKhairi Fortt Fr
CB 12 Morris, StephonStephon Morris So
S 13 Dailey, AndrewAndrew Dailey Jr
CB 14 Wallace, MikeMike Wallace File:Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 14 Lewis, EvanEvan Lewis File:Redshirt.svg So
LB 15 Gbadyu, BaniBani Gbadyu File:Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 16 McCullough, SheltonShelton McCullough File:Redshirt.svg Sr
S 23 Obeng-Agyapong, StephenStephen Obeng-Agyapong File:Redshirt.svg Fr
S 24 Duckett, JonathanJonathan Duckett Fr
S 27 Fagnano, JacobJacob Fagnano File:Redshirt.svg So
S 28 Astorina, DrewDrew Astorina Jr
S 30 Keiser, RyanRyan Keiser Fr
LB 31 Delligatti, NickNick Delligatti Fr
LB 32 Royer, DakotaDakota Royer Fr
LB 33 Yancich, MichaelMichael Yancich File:Redshirt.svg So
LB 34 Stupar, NathanNathan Stupar Jr
S 36 Johnson, KyleKyle Johnson Jr
S 38 Ahrenhold, TylerTyler Ahrenhold Jr
CB 39 Della Valle, JesseJesse Della Valle Fr
LB 40 Carson, GlennGlenn Carson Fr
DL 41 Refice, J.R.J.R. Refice File:Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 42 Mauti, MichaelMichael Mauti File:Redshirt.svg So
LB 43 Hull, MikeMike Hull Fr
DE 44 Latham, KevionKevion Latham Jr
LB 46 Pollock, KenKen Pollock File:Redshirt.svg So
DL 47 Hill, JordanJordan Hill So
DE 48 Colasanti, ChrisChris Colasanti Sr
DE 52 Irvin, BrianBrian Irvin File:Redshirt.svg So
LB 54 Van Fleet, JamesJames Van Fleet File:Redshirt.svg So
DE 56 Latimore, EricEric Latimore File:Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 59 Massaro, PetePete Massaro File:Redshirt.svg So
DT 71 Still, DevonDevon Still Jr
DT 75 Hailes, EvanEvan Hailes Fr
DE 81 Crawford, JackJack Crawford Jr
LB 83 Bars, BradBrad Bars Fr
DT 84 Baublitz, KyleKyle Baublitz Fr
DT 85 Ogbu, OllieOllie Ogbu (C) Sr
DE 86 Olaniyan, C.J.C.J. Olaniyan Fr
DE 90 Stanley, SeanSean Stanley So
DT 91 Jones, DaQuanDaQuan Jones Fr
DT 93 Terry, JamesJames Terry File:Redshirt.svg So
DE 94 Oakman, ShawnShawn Oakman Fr
DT 96 Castor, CodyCody Castor File:Redshirt.svg So
DT 99 Ware, BrandonBrandon Ware So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 28 Soldner, DavidDavid Soldner So
K 29 Nye, RussellRussell Nye So
K 30 Fera, AnthonyAnthony Fera File:Redshirt.svg Fr
K 36 Wagner, CollinCollin Wagner Sr
LS 44 Fuhrman, MichaelMichael Fuhrman File:Redshirt.svg So
P 45 Butterworth, AlexAlex Butterworth Fr
P 49 Firestone, A.J.A.J. Firestone Fr
LS 53 Rohrbaugh, JonJon Rohrbaugh Jr
LS 57 Etter, EmeryEmery Etter File:Redshirt.svg Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Last update: September 1, 2010

Game summaries

September 4: Youngstown State

1 2 3 4 OT
Youngstown State 7 0 0 7 14
#14 Penn State 3 13 14 14 44

Rob Bolden became the first true freshman to start the season opening game at quarterback for Penn State since Shorty Miller in 1910.[22] Bolden led the Nittany Lions to at 44–14 victory over the Football Championship Subdivision Youngstown State Penguins. He passed for 239 yards and two touchdowns to wide receiver Brett Brackett. Collin Wagner was 3 for 3 in field goals over 40 yards. Chaz Powell returned the second half kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown.[23]

Although Penn State trailed 7–6 much of the half, in all they scored 41 unanswered points and only punted once. On their final drive, Kevin Newsome and Silas Redd were in to put the Nittany Lions on top 44–7. Youngstown State got a final touchdown against reserves to make it 44–14 before Matt McGloin got some playing time near the end.

September 11: @ Alabama

1 2 3 4 OT
#14 Penn State 0 0 0 3 3
#1 Alabama 7 10 0 7 24

File:Bolden, Suhey, Eliades and Wisniewski.jpg

Bolden drops back to pass

Aided by turnovers, the #1 Crimson Tide defeated the #14 Nittany Lions in front of 101,821 in Tuscaloosa. After both teams exchanged punts, the Crimson Tide scored a touchdown to make it 7–0 with a pass to Julio Jones. Penn State blew a chance to tie the game after Bolden was picked off and the Tide marched downfield to make it 14–0. Alabama would add another field goal and miss one more as the Nittany Lions continued to have trouble finishing off drives. Early in the 4th, Alabama put the game away with a Trent Richardson touchdown dive to go up 24–0, but Penn State finally got on the board with a field goal to make it 24–3, yet the Nittany Lions could not close the gap any further. This game was the first time they had been held to 3 points since losing 13–3 in 2006 at Wisconsin, but avoided their first shutout loss since a 20–0 loss to Michigan in 2001. Penn State also got some playing time for backup Kevin Newsome who completed his first pass of 2010 (his only pass attempt against Youngstown State was an incompletion that led to a pass interference penalty on the Penguins). Despite the loss, the Nittany Lions still have not surrendered more than 24 points in the regular season since the 2007 35–31 loss to Michigan State.

Alabama finished the game with 409 total yards and Trent Richardson finished with 190 rushing yards by himself and a touchdown. Rob Bolden has yet to be sacked this year.

September 18: Kent State

1 2 3 4 OT
Kent State 0 0 0 0 0
#20 Penn State 14 0 3 7 24

Penn State's defense delivered their first shutout since the 2009 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers when the Nittany Lions defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-American Conference. Rob Bolden ran for and passed for a touchdown to Devon Smith. Evan Royster ran for his first touchdown of the season but was limited to just 38 yards. The defense garnered two interceptions to help offset the two interceptions thrown by Bolden, who has still not been sacked.[24]

September 25: Temple

1 2 3 4 OT
Temple 13 0 0 0 13
#20 Penn State 6 3 6 7 22

The Nittany Lions handed coach Al Golden's Owls their first loss on the season defeating them 22–13. Collin Wagner converted 5 of 6 field goal attempts and Michael Zordich, Jr. scored the lone Penn State touchdown from his fullback position.[25] Senior Evan Royster had his first 100-yard game of the season in gaining 187 yards on 26 carries.[26] True freshmen quarterback Rob Bolden completed 18 of 28 passes for 224 yards. Justin Brown was the leading Penn State receiver catching 4 throws for 84 yards. The defense gathered three interceptions, one by Nate Stupar and two by Nick Sukay. Pete Massaro recovered a Chester Stewart fumble on the final play of the game.[27]

October 2: @ Iowa

1 2 3 4 OT
#20 Penn State 0 3 0 0 3
#18 Iowa 10 7 0 7 24

The Penn State rushing offense struggled against the Iowa defense and was held to only 54 yards in total rushing. While the total offensive yards trailed Iowa's by only 48, the Lion's woe in the opponent's redzone continued. Penn State had three trips into the Iowa redzone (at the 2, 1, and 12 yard lines respectively) but ended up with only one field goal. The Nittany Lion defense kept the Iowa offense scoreless in the 2nd half, but the Iowa defense stood up again and scored a touchdown from an interception return in the 4th quarter.

October 9: Illinois

1 2 3 4 OT
Illinois 0 20 10 3 33
Penn State 3 10 0 0 13

The Nittany Lions were defeated by the Fighting Illini in the homecoming game and the Big Ten home opener. It is the first time that Penn State has lost to Illinois in Happy Valley. The offense gained only 7 first downs and 235 total yards, the seven first downs being the second fewest by Penn State in the Paterno era.[28] Although the special team recovered two Illinois punt-return fumbles deep in the Illini territory, the Lions had to settle for two field goals. Quarterback Rob Bolden delivered an 80-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye, but also threw an interception, that was returned for an Illinois touchdown, in the 2nd quarter. Losing 7 defensive starters to injuries, and 12 overall contributors the defense collapsed against the Illinois running attack, giving up 282 rushing yards and allowing the Illini to possess the ball for more than 38 minutes.[28]

October 23: @ Minnesota

1 2 3 4 OT
Penn State 7 14 3 9 33
Minnesota 7 0 7 7 21

Penn State won for the first time in the 2010 Big Ten season defeating the Golden Gophers 33–21 in Joe Paterno's first visit to the TCF Bank Stadium. Quarterback Rob Bolden completed 11 of 13 passes for 130 yards including a 21-yard touchdown to Brett Brackett before leaving the game with an apparent concussion.[29] Backup quarterbacks Kevin Newsome and Matthew McGloin took the remainder of the snaps at quarterback with McGloin doing all of the throwing. He completed his first two career touchdown passes to Derek Moye. Evan Royster added to the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run. Colin Wagner kicked one field goal and the defense garnered a safety to complete the scoring in Joe Paterno's 398th career win.[29] Leading 33–14 with the game in hand, the reserves gave up a late Gophers touchdown.

October 30: Michigan

1 2 3 4 OT
Michigan 7 3 14 7 31
Penn State 14 14 10 3 41

Joe Paterno got his 399th career win by starting a former walk-on quarterback, Matt McGloin, for the first time. In his first career start, Matt McGloin passed for 250 yards and scored a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. Running back Evan Royster surpassed Curt Warner and became the all-time Penn State rushing leader by running 150 yards on 29 carries with 2 touchdowns. Although the Lion's defense could not stop Michigan's Denard Robinson, who posted 190 passing yards and 191 rushing yards, the Penn State offense was able to march down the field with a commanding 10–16 3rd-down efficiency. The Lions controlled the ball for more than 37 minutes and outscored Michigan by a stunning 28–10 in the first half partly due to turnovers, never trailing, and boosted the lead to 31–10 early in the 3rd quarter. Michigan scored a TD but Penn State quickly restored the three touchdown lead. Michigan scored two more TDs, one late in the third, the other midway through the 4th to cut the lead to 7, but Penn State put it away with a field goal, and after stopping Michigan on 4th down, drove all the way to the 1 yard line before taking a knee.

November 6: Northwestern

1 2 3 4 OT
Northwestern 7 14 0 0 21
Penn State 0 7 21 7 35

After a week of speculation on who should be the starting quarterback, Rob Bolden got the nod after recovering from concussion. However, he was hit hard during one play in the 1st quarter and was relieved by Matt McGloin. Penn State could not stop the Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa in the first half and trailed by 21 points late in the 2nd quarter. After a 91-yard drive in the last minute of the 2nd quarter, the Lions managed to score their first touchdown of the game. Penn State continued the momentum and dominated the opponent in the 2nd half. The Lions scored 4 consecutive touchdowns and shutout Northwestern to win the game from behind. Evan Royster and Silas Redd both ran for over 130 yards and McGloin passed for four touchdowns to Brett Brackett, Nate Cadogan, Derek Moye and Royster. Linebacker Michael Mauti led the Penn State defense with 11 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss. The 35–21 victory marked the 400th career win for head coach Joe Paterno.[30] The win also matched Penn State's biggest come-from-behind victory under Paterno.[31]

November 13: @ Ohio State

1 2 3 4 OT
Penn State 7 7 0 0 14
#7 Ohio State 3 0 14 21 38

A 17-point underdog, the Lions outplayed the Buckeyes in the first half of the game. Matt McGloin led a balanced Penn State offense to score two passing touchdowns. The first touchdown was also Penn State's first passing touchdowns in Ohio Stadium under Joe Paterno. Also, the first 14+ point game at Ohio State since 1978.

Although leading by 11 points in the first half, Penn State was dominated in the second half. The Lions generated only 60 yards of total offense in the last 30 minutes of the game, most of which came on their opening drive of the third quarter. After a 13–18 pass completion rate in the first half, McGloin completed 2 of his 12 pass attempts in the second half and threw two interceptions, both of which were returned by Buckeyes for touchdowns. The Penn State defense also failed to stop Ohio State's running attack, especially after linebacker Mike Mauti left the game with shoulder injury. The Lions defense surrendered 314 rushing yards and Ohio State scored 35 unanswered points to win the game. Despite this, improvements from their first three losses were noted in the deceptive final score, as it was a winnable game for over 50 minutes until the Buckeyes made it 31–14 from a Matt McGloin pick six. This game would be vacated by Ohio State(along with the rest of the season) because of violations, rendering this a no-contest, giving Penn State a winning conference record of 4-3 officially.

November 20: vs. Indiana at Landover, Maryland

File:Penn State threatening in Indiana territory.jpg

The offense lines up just before Silas Redd's touchdown

1 2 3 4 OT
Penn State 7 10 14 10 41
Indiana 0 14 10 0 24

Penn State scored two touchdowns in the first two drives of the game and led by 14 points early in the 2nd quarter. However, the Hoosiers managed to tie the game at 24–24 in the 3rd quarter. The Lions broke the tie when Andrew Dailey blocked an Indiana punt and James Van Fleet returned it for a touchdown and scored 17 unanswered points to win the game in the Fedex Field. Matt McGloin passed for 315 yards with 2 touchdowns to Derek Moye and Brett Brackett. Penn State also ran for 171 yards, with running touchdowns from Evan Royster and Silas Redd. Many reserves saw playing time in the second half of the fourth quarter.

November 27: Michigan State

1 2 3 4 OT
#10 Michigan State 7 7 7 7 28
Penn State 3 0 0 19 22

Although Penn State generated 396 offensive yards, 65 more than the Spartans in the game, the Lions offense could not score any touchdown in the first 3 quarters and trailed by 18 points after 44 minutes of play. Penn State surged in the 4th quarter and scored 3 touchdowns from Joe Suhey, Evan Royster and Derek Moye. However, the balanced Spartans attack was able to control the ball for more than 34 minutes and scored their 4th touchdown in the 4th quarter. Penn State's final attempt to come from behind fell short after a failed onside kick in the last minute of the game. The Lions also committed 8 penalties, the most in one game this season, with 67 yards.

The game was Penn State's first home loss to Michigan State since 1965, a year before Joe Paterno became the Penn State head coach. Penn State sent off 18 seniors and finished their 2010 regular season with a 7–5 (4–4 Big Ten) record.

January 1 vs. Florida (2011 Outback Bowl)

1 2 3 4 OT
Florida 0 14 6 17 37
Penn State 7 10 7 0 24

The Nittany Lions concluded the 2010–2011 season with a 7–6 record after losing the 2011 Outback Bowl. The Lions were hurt badly by miscues and turnovers, as all Florida touchdowns were set up by Penn State's miscues. The Gators scored a touchdown after blocking a Penn State punt in the 2nd quarter. Quarterback McGloin threw a school-record five interceptions in the game: the 2nd and 3rd were deep in the Penn State territory (15 and 25 yards) and directly led to Florida touchdowns; the 4th interception was returned by the Gators for an 80-yard touchdown and ended Penn State's final hope to win the game.

Senior back Evan Royster led the Lions with 98 rushing and 51 receiving yards, which marked his third straight season with over 1,000 yards. Receiver Derek Moye also recorded 5 catches for 79 yards. Penn State offense outplayed Florida by 71 yards in total offense and controlled the ball for more than 32 minutes in the loss.

After the game, quarterback Rob Bolden and his father requested to transfer from Penn State. However, their request was denied by Joe Paterno later.


On November 29, 2010, three Penn State players were selected to the 2010 All-Big Ten Team in voting by the conference coaches and media. Guard Stefen Wisniewski was again selected to the first team (by coaches) after his 2009 All-Big Ten first team selection. Ollie Ogbu and Evan Royster were second team selections by coaches.[32]



Post Season

All-star games

Game Date Site Players
86th East–West Shrine Game January 22, 2011 Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium,
Orlando, Florida
Evan Royster[50]
Ollie Ogbu
1st Eastham Energy All-Star Game January 23, 2011 Sun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Arizona
Brett Brackett[51]


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