Penn State overcame a 10-0 first quarter deficit to beat Indiana, 31-20, on Senior Day, improving to 9-2 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play. Twenty Nittany Lion seniors were introduced during a pre-game ceremony as Beaver Stadium hosted its final game of the season.
It was a pair of juniors, though, that helped spark the Nittany Lions to their 19th Senior Day win in the last 20 tries.
Linebacker Navorro Bowman grabbed his second interception of the season and returned it 73 yards for his second defensive touchdown to break a 10-10 third quarter tie. The All-America candidate recorded a team-high 12 tackles, with 2.0 TFL, a sack and a pass break-up to lead another stellar defensive effort. The Nittany Lions limited the Hoosiers to 48 rushing yards on 24 attempts, as Penn State held its sixth opponent of the season to 65 or fewer yards on the ground.
Tailback Evan Royster accumulated 134 all-purpose yards and scored twice. He gained 95 yards on 17 carries (5.6), moving within 10 yards of becoming the seventh Nittany Lion all-time with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
y earning its ninth win of the season, Penn State posted its 29th season with at least nine wins since Joe Paterno became head coach in 1966. Paterno improved his FBS record win total to 392. He has a 392-129-3 (75.1) record.
The Nittany Lions improved to 11-1 in their next game after a loss since the start of the 2005 season, 12-1 if including the 2009 season opening win over Akron.
Penn State improved its series advantage to 13-0 over Indiana. Penn State has a 49-13 (79.0) record since the start of the 2005 season, among the nation’s top 10 winning percentages. The Nittany Lions have won 33 of their last 37 games (89.2) in Beaver Stadium dating to the 2004 Senior Day win over Michigan State.