PSU snapshot: 2009

A daily series featuring each Penn State football season from 1947-2019:

Year: 2009

Coach: Joe Paterno

Final record: 11-2

Final ranking: AP No. 9, ESPN/USA Today No. 8

Regular-season wins: Akron, Syracuse, Temple, Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan State

Regular-season losses: Iowa, Ohio State

Bowl game: Beat LSU, 19-17, in the Capital One Bowl

Team stat leaders: Evan Royster rushed for 1,169 yards; Daryll Clark passed for 3,003 yards and 24 TDs; Derek Moye caught 48 passes for 785 yards; Jeremy Boone averaged 43.32 yards per punt; Josh Hull had 116 tackles; Jared Odrick had 7 sacks; A.J. Wallace intercepted 3 passes

All-American: DT Jared Odrick

Neil Rudel’s take: The Lions climbed to No. 5, but largely due to a blocked punt, they suffered a home loss to Iowa for the second-straight year. The other defeat was a punchless 24-7 setback, also at home, to Ohio State. Still, their 10-2 record was good enough to get them to the Capital One Bowl, where they beat LSU, a 19-17 victory clinched on Collin Wagner’s field goal with a minute left, and when NaVorro Bowman alertly lay on the LSU ballcarrier with the last seconds ticking away, killing any chance for a game-winning field goal. Bowman and fellow LB Sean Lee were the defensive leaders. Daryll Clark capped an impressive two-year run as the Nits’ starting quarterback, finishing with a 22-4 record and breaking Todd Blackledge’s record for season (22) and career (41) touchdown passes.


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