Shutting out Purdue for the first time since 1996 and claiming its own first shut out since the 2002 Northwestern game, Penn State's defense was led by Dan Connor who was honored as the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
, a junior linebacker from Wallingford, Pa. (Strath Haven HS), recorded a game-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo take-downs against Purdue
. He also pulled in a key interception to lead a Penn State
defense that handed Purdue its first shutout since 1996.
This was Penn State's first shutout since a 49-0 win over Northwestern in 2002. It was also the first road shutout for PSU since winning 31-0 at Iowa in 1993. Purdue, which entered the game ranked eighth nationally in total offense (448.5 yards per game) and averaging 29.4 points per outing, went scoreless for the first time since 1996, the year before Joe Tiller became the head coach.
Penn State limited the Boilermakers to 246 total yards, over 200 yards below their season average. Connor garners the second weekly accolade of his career and on the season after being honored on September 4.
This season several Nittany Lions have been honored by the Big Ten, including Paul Posluszny (Illinois) and Jeremy Kapinos (Illinois, Ohio State).