- The Nittany Lions look to return the Land Grant Trophy to Happy Valley in this week's matchup with the Spartans. Penn State took possession of the trophy with a 45-12 victory in 2016, but Michigan State reclaimed it with a last-second field goal last season.
- The ground game has led the Nittany Lions' offense this season, averaging 261.2 yards per contest, second in the Big Ten and 12th in FBS. Conversely, Michigan State leads the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 33.8 yards per game, with an overall defense that ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
- Penn State owns a 71-22-5 record in 98 games on Homecoming since defeating Dartmouth, 14-7, Oct. 9, 1920. Last season, the Nittany Lions defeated Rutgers, 35-6, for their third-straight Homecoming victory.
- The Nittany Lions have scored 20 or more points in a school-record 28 consecutive games, which is the second-longest active streak in the FBS and the second-longest streak in Big Ten history.
9 TRACE McSORLEY (GR./SR.)
- McSorley, a fifth-year quarterback, has been named to several preseason All-American teams and is an early Heisman Trophy candidate.
- The Ashburn, Va. native has thrown at least one TD pass in 33 straight games, extending his own Penn State record, which is also the longest active streak in the FBS.
- Against Ohio State, McSorley finished with a program-record 461 total offensive yards (286 passing, 175 rushing). The 461 yards gives McSorley 9,727 yards of total offense for his career, 11th best in Big Ten history.
24 MILES SANDERS (JR./JR.)
- Sanders recorded his first 200-yard outing with a career-high 200 yards and three rushing touchdowns vs. Illinois.
- He is the sixth player (nine occasions) in Penn State history to have 200 rushing yards and at least three touchdowns in a game.
- Sanders, a Pittsburgh native, was the consensus No. 1 prospect in Pennsylvania out of Woodland Hills High School.
1 KJ HAMLER (SO./FR.)
- Hamler caught four passes for 138 yards and a touchdown Sept. 29 vs. Ohio State
- On the season, Hamler has 13 catches for 308 yards with four touchdowns.
- Originally from Pontiac, Michigan, Hamler helped Orchard Lake St. Mary's to consecutive Division 3 state titles his sophomore and junior seasons.
36 JAN JOHNSON (GR./JR.)
- Johnson, a linebacker, posted his first career interception vs. Illinois, while also amassing six total tackles
- On the year, the Mohnton, Pennsylvania native has a team-high 29 total tackles (17 solo).
- Johnson was also a member of Penn State's national championship wrestling team in 2015, competing at heavyweight in eight duals. He was a two-time Class AAA State Champion at Governor Mifflin High School.
- Franklin is in his fifth season leading the Nittany Lions and has guided Penn State to consecutive New Year's Six bowls in 2016 (Rose) and 2017 (Fiesta)
- Franklin has secured Top 25 recruiting classes each of his last six seasons
- Mentored 59 players who have gone on to the NFL ranks
- Franklin has 23 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL level
- Career record: 64-33 (40-18 at Penn State)
- Capacity: 106,572
- The second-largest stadium in the nation, Beaver Stadium has more than doubled in size since it was moved from its former site northeast of Rec Hall on the west side of campus to the east end of the campus in 1960.
- The Nittany Lions dedicated Beaver Stadium with a 20-0 victory over Boston University on Sept. 17, 1960.
- Beaver Stadium is named in honor of James A. Beaver, a former president of the University's Board of Trustees and credited as being among the most influential leaders in the development of the University at the turn of the century.
- Penn State hosted the highest-attended game in stadium history this season when the Nittany Lions faced Ohio State Sept. 29 (110, 889).
THIS DATE IN PENN STATE HISTORY
Oct. 13, 2007: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 7
The Nittany Lions upset No. 19/15 Wisconsin with a decisive 38-7 win on Homecoming in front of 109,754 fans, the then-sixth largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history. Wide receiver Deon Butler (right) had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Anthony Morelli completed 16 of 28 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown.
PLAYER TO WATCH
17 GARRETT TAYLOR (SR./JR.)
Taylor, a junior safety, stepped into a starting role this season and has helped lead the Nittany Lions’ secondary. Taylor has posted 27 total tackles, with 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception vs. Ohio State. Taylor’s 45-yard return vs. the Buckeyes was the first of his career and Penn State’s longest of the season.