Penn State No. 13 in initial BCS standings

October 23, 2009

University Park, Pa. — Penn State is No. 13 in the initial Bowl Championship Series standings, announced today by the National Football Foundation.

On the heels of Saturday's 20-0 blanking of Minnesota, the Nittany Lions rose No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive polls and No. 13 in the Associated Press poll.

The Nittany Lions (6-1, 2-1) are the Big Ten's second-highest rated squad in the BCS standings. Iowa is No. 6, trailing Florida, Alabama, Texas, Boise State and Cincinnati. The Hawkeyes are followed by USC, TCU, LSU and Miami, Fla. to round out the top 10. Oregon and Georgia Tech are just ahead of Penn State.

Penn State earned its 40th shutout all-time under Joe Paterno with the win over Minnesota and first shut out against a Big Ten opponent since a 12-0 victory at Purdue in 2006. The Nittany Lions have moved up to No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 8.71 points per game. Florida is No. 1 at 8.67 ppg.

The Nittany Lion defense is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in all the major statistical categories: scoring (2nd), rushing (6th), passing (14th) and total defense (5th), as well as TFL (7th) and sacks (T 11th).

The Penn State defense has not allowed a first-half touchdown yet this season and only five touchdowns overall. Penn State is the nation's only team that has not allowed a first half touchdown this season (120 FBS schools).

With the win over the Golden Gophers, Penn State is eligible for its 36th bowl appearance under Paterno, who is the all-time leader in bowl appearances (35) and victories (23).

The Nittany Lions visit Michigan (5-2, 1-2) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game is an ABC regional telecast (ESPN in rest of nation) and also will air on the Penn State Sports Network and

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Last Updated October 23, 2009