A linebacker, Lee recorded a game-high 14 tackles against the Aggies, tying the Alamo Bowl record, to earn Defensive MVP honors. The effort was the 10th double-figure tackle game of the season for the All-Big Ten selection, who finished the year with 138 tackles, the fifth-best single season mark in Penn State history. A 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree, Lee was second in the Big Ten in tackles this year, trailing only All-America teammate Dan Connor's 145. A 2008 candidate for the Butkus, Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi and Nagurski awards, Lee was a first team all-state selection at Upper St. Clair High School.
A center, Shipley led the Nittany Lions' offensive line, which paved the way for a season-high 270 rushing yards against the Aggies. The Coraopolis native anchored the highly-productive unit, which was instrumental in Penn State gaining 413 yards and not permitting quarterback Anthony Morelli to be sacked. Shipley, a 2007 first team All-Big Ten choice, and the O-Line opened lanes for Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP Rodney Kinlaw (143 yards), tailback Evan Royster (65 yards, 1 TD) and reserve signal-caller Daryll Clark (50 yards, 1 TD). The Nittany Lions averaged a season-best 6.6 yards on their 41 rushing attempts. A 2008 Rimington Award candidate, Shipley was a standout at Moon Area High School.
Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games, with its 77.5 winning percentage tied for No. 8 in the nation over that span.
The Nittany Lions have the nation's second-best bowl winning percentage at 67.5, earning a 26-12-2 post-season record. Penn State is third nationally in bowl victories and has a 9-2 record in bowl games since starting Big Ten competition in 1993.
The nation's all-time winningest bowl coach, Paterno enters his 43rd season as head coach with 20 returning starters (10 defense, 8 offense, 2 specialists). During the 2008 campaign, the Nittany Lions will face eight teams that played in bowl games this past year, including five at home: Oregon State (Sept. 6), Illinois (Sept. 27), Michigan (Oct. 18-Homecoming), Indiana (Nov. 15) and Michigan State (Nov. 22).