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178_Career catches by Alabama State’s Nick Andrews to set a school record _ two more than Damon Hodge.

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JOEPA BACK TO THE BOX

Joe Paterno coached Penn State’s homecoming game against Purdue from the Beaver Stadium press box.

The 84-year-old Hall of Famer is recovering from right shoulder and pelvis injuries suffered after a receiver ran into him in practice Aug. 7. Paterno was feeling better last week before two of his players pulled him back to avoid another collision during the 13-3 win Oct. 8 over Iowa.

Paterno said that left him sore _ including his surgically repaired hip _ and that he was concerned that he might be a distraction to his players on the sideline. He was on the field for pregame warmups Saturday before heading upstairs for the Nittany Lions’ 23-18 victory.