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Has Penn State football program already peaked under Franklin?

It’s time to face some hard truths about the Penn State football program following a second straight gut-wrenching loss in which the team gave away the game in the final minutes. First and foremost, I can’t help but wonder if what we’ve already seen is really as good as it’s going to ...

Nittany Lions drop all the way to No. 18

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season. The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 ...

Nittany Lions stunned by Spartans’ comeback victory

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s staggering inability to close out tight games continues to be the single biggest problem for a football program that has made so much progress but will not make anymore until it can finally solve that frustrating and heartbreaking issue. It happened yet ...

Setback, performance leave McSorley ‘­empty’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Trace McSorley became Penn State’s all-time leading passer in the first quarter Saturday, breaking Christian Hackenberg’s record of 8,457 yards, and when the feat was announced to the Beaver Stadium crowd, McSorley drew an immediate standing ovation. Three hours later, ...

PSU-MSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 21-17 loss to Michigan State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On third-and-2, Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke hit Felton Davis with a 25-yard ...

PSU-MSU notebook

Defeat painful for PSU defense UNIVERSITY PARK — Shareef Miller could barely move. As the clock hit zero and Penn State suffered its second straight one possession defeat at the hands of Michigan State in as many seasons, the junior defensive end stood still as players and coaches ...

Spartans get exactly what they needed

UNIVERSITY PARK — Mark Dantonio came into Saturday’s game ready to do whatever it took for his Michigan State team to turn around its season, and his plan paid off big time. “Big win for our program,” Dantonio said. “Program win. You come up here and you’re banged up a little bit, ...

MSU-PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Michigan State 0: Miles Sanders broke free up the middle for a 78-yard run to the Michigan State 5-yard line on PSU’s second possession. Trace McSorley hit KJ Hamler on a 5-yard TD pass on the next play with 5:03 left in the first. SECOND QUARTER Penn State ...

Wolverines win big over Badgers

The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Shea Patterson accounted for 214 yards of offense and a touchdown, leading No. 12 Michigan to a 38-13 victory over No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday night. The Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) beat a ranked conference team for the first time since topping ...

PSU 5 keys: McSorley in line for big passing day

Five things to look for as Penn State plays its homecoming game against a reeling Michigan State team that hasn’t lived up to lofty expectations. No. 1: Air it out You’ve no doubt heard this week that Michigan State leads the country in run defense, giving up only 33.8 yards per game. ...

Rudel: Pry searching for answers on ‘D’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Brent Pry has coached alongside James Franklin for the past eight seasons, three at Vanderbilt and five at Penn State. He’s known him even longer, having served on the East Stroudsburg staff, along with his father Jim, when Franklin was a quarterback in the Poconos in ...

Schedule will toughen; another defeat looming

Most of the preseason predictions, including mine, had Penn State going 10-2 this year. So what have we seen for that to change? Really, not much. At 4-1, the Nittany Lions are about on schedule. They were fortunate to avoid a stunning upset by Appalachian State in the opener and ...

Franklin embracing all criticism

James Franklin wants you to question him. To challenge him. To expect more from him and his Penn State football team. The coach doesn’t shy away from it. He embraces it. Because Franklin has the same goal in mind as every PSU fan, and that’s to be the very best. So, coming off a tough ...

Penn State coachspeak: Only way to move on is to stop looking back

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan State (3-2, 1-1) Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: BTN About the Spartans: Fell out of top 25 following 29-19 loss at Northwestern last week; 26th in coaches poll and 27th in AP poll. … ...

Penn State moves up to No. 8

Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF reached the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll. After three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday, there was significant ...

College football’s elite an exclusive club

Give James Franklin credit for one thing last Saturday night: He thanked everybody for coming. That’s typically how he opens his press conferences, which generally take on a predictable format. After Ohio State’s 27-26 gut punch, though, once Franklin’s initial welcome was out of the ...

Chambers shaped by life of resiliency

By Matt Michelone For the Mirror If you were around Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers on this day 16-years ago, you would have seen him come close to death. He was working in sales for his family printing business while coaching high school basketball when he was ...

Bye week hardly a respite for Franklin, Nittany Lions

By Caleb Wilfinger For the Mirror Nearly a week has passed since No. 11 Penn State suffered a deflating defeat at the hands of Ohio State In his postgame press conference, head coach James Franklin spoke about his desire to not just be a great program, but an elite program. In his own ...

Rumery to walk on at PSU

CLEARFIELD — Clearfield Area High School quarterback Isaac Rumery announced on his Twitter page Wednesday night that he will be attending Penn State next fall and will be walking on to the football team. “I want to thank all the schools and programs that gave me an opportunity to play at ...

Penn State axes helicopter use

Penn State said Tuesday that it has stopped using helicopters to make announcements outside the football stadium after a state police chopper flew so low over an unruly tailgating crowd that it sent tents and other items flying. A university police spokeswoman said it won’t resume having a ...