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State College, PA  - Penn State earned its second BCS bowl berth in four years last season.

With their sights set on another one in 2009, the Nittany Lions look to keep rolling as they try to follow up an easy opening win.

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Seventh-ranked Penn State goes for its 10th straight home victory when it faces Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.

Oddsmakers from online sports book have made Penn State -28 point spread favorites (View College Football odds) for Saturday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 64% of bets for this game have been placed on Syracuse +28 (View College Football bet percentages).

The Nittany Lions had little trouble in their first game of the season last Saturday, pounding Akron 31-7. Penn State did not allow a first down until the third quarter and held Akron to 186 yards - 28 on the ground.

Coach Joe Paterno, however, wasn't happy with his team's play after the break, when Penn State was outscored 7-0.

"We had a terrible second half," Paterno said. "We got soft. We thought the game was over. We weren't very sharp. There are a lot of young kids and they thought the thing was over at halftime. We just did not have any consistency in the second half. I was disappointed with the second half, but we still won the football game."

Daryll Clark will try to build on his record-setting performance against Akron. The senior went 29 for 40 for a career-high 353 yards, a school-record 254 coming in the first half.

He threw for three touchdowns and one interception in earning conference offensive player of the week honors.

Clark's big game was all the more impressive considering he was throwing to a trio of inexperienced receivers, with Graham Zug, Chaz Powell and Derek Moye combining for 18 catches and 265 yards with a touchdown apiece. They had 16 receptions between them last season.

"I thought those guys came out and made plays for us and proved to some people they can play," Clark said.

Penn State doesn't figure to have much trouble with Syracuse at Beaver Stadium, where it has won 18 of 19. The only loss in that span came against then-No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 27, 2007, and the Lions have followed that up by winning nine in a row at home by an average of 29.0 points.

Penn State has also won 22 straight at home against unranked opponents.

One of those victories was a 55-13 defeat of Syracuse on Sept. 13, 2008, in the first meeting between the old rivals since 1990. Penn State leads the all-time series 41-23-5.

The Orange come into a meeting with one of the nation's top teams after a season-opening 23-20 overtime loss to Minnesota last Saturday.

"We do have a lot of work ahead of us," coach Doug Marrone said. "We had the ability to win that game. We have to learn from our mistakes."

One of the errors against the Golden Gophers came in the extra period when first-year starter Greg Paulus threw his only interception of the game, leading to the winning field goal.

Paulus did go 19 for 31 for 167 yards and a touchdown in his first football game since starring at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. The former Duke point guard, the 2004 national high school football player of the year, transfered to Syracuse in May after working out for the Green Bay Packers.

Paulus received an NCAA waiver to play football for the Orange as a graduate student and Marrone named him the starter after one week of practice.

"Greg has been the quarterback for a week, and we had to get him ready," Marrone said. "We really didn't know exactly what they (Minnesota) were going to do. We wanted to make sure that we were able to manage the game, get rid of the football."

Since Marrone took over as coach this year, 19 scholarship players have quit the team. Nine freshmen, eight sophomores, two juniors and Paulus debuted in the first half last week.

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Posted: 9/8/09 5:33PM ET

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