Can you provide the link where google place the statement? Most of the popular directories have more than 100 links on each page.
Yes, there is a such a statement.
But thnk about it a little bit: i know lots of high PRed sites consisting of only 300+ links on page. Because that is the way www evolved. Someone finds useful link and place them on his web page so that people/friends can find them easily.
I think if the links are high quality and related then there is no problem with the number of links.