Outback Bowl Notebook: Royster finishes career in style
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TAMPA, Fla.-- Penn State tailback Evan Royster made history Saturday.
His 23-yard run late in the fourth quarter in the 37-24 loss against Florida in the Outback Bowl enabled him to become the first three-time, 1,000-yard rusher in school history.
"It'll mean something later on, but it would have been better to get a win," Royster said.
Royster, the Nittany Lions' all-time leading rusher, finished the season with 1,014 yards on 208 carries.
He ended his career with 3,932 yards on 686 carries, with 29 rushing touchdowns.
"He's a heck of a back," All-American right guard Stefen Wisniewski said. "I'm happy for him."
Royster also had four receptions for 51 yards, including a season-long 30-yarder.
Royster and Wisniewski were among eight seniors playing their final games for the Lions.
"There's a lot of sadness," Royster said.
"I'm going to miss my teammates like nothing else. At the same time, I'm excited to move on. I'm excited to see what I have for the next level."
Royster is projected as mid-round pick in the NFL draft in April.
Wide receiver Derek Moye (Rochester), had two touchdown receptions nullified.
On the first one in the first quarter, he was ruled out of bounds in the back of the end zone after snagging a 5-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Matt McGloin.
But the duo reconnected on the next play to give Penn State a 7-0 lead.
Moye also had a 45-yard touchdown in the second quarter overturned by review when his knee was ruled down at the 1.
Fullback Michael Zordich scored on a 1-yard run on the next play.
Moye, who had five receptions for 79 yards, became the 11th player in school history to snag at least 100 career receptions.
He ended the season with 53 catches for 885 yards and eight touchdowns, giving him 15 for his career.
"It was a good season for me," Moye said.
"But I hope to be even better next year."
McGloin's five interceptions are a Penn State game record. Four quarterbacks had thrown four interceptions in a game (Rich Lucas at Illinois, 1959; Bob Parsons vs. Syracuse, 1970; Todd Blackledge at Alabama, 1982; Zack Mills at Boston College, 2004). ... Middle linebacker Chris Colasanti made a game-high 10 tackles, and finished the year with 112. ... Safety Drew Astorino injured his leg in the first half and was replaced by Andrew Dailey.
First Published January 2, 2011 12:00 am