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Harbaugh, Meyer critical of some locker rooms

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer may not see eye-to-eye on much, but they agree on one thing — something needs to be done about locker rooms for visiting football teams in the Big Ten. “It’s unsportsmanlike,” ...

Two ways to view Lions’ win

Commentary How on earth did Penn State only win 21-19 Saturday at Iowa after dominating statistically? And did we see some things to be concerned about for the long haul in the game? Let’s play the glass is half full/half empty game. Half full: A win is a win is a win, especially on the ...

PSU wins thriller on McSorley-to-Johnson pass

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com IOWA CITY, Iowa — If you thought Penn State used up all of its magic last season, think again. Down by four with 4 seconds left at the Iowa 7-yard line, Trace McSorley and the PSU offense came out of a timeout ready to run a play. McSorley looked ...

Lions deliver another classic

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The road to the Big Ten championship still runs through State College. The Iowa Hawkeyes — always game and especially so here at night — did more than threaten to knock the Nittany Lions off their perch Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium. They actually grabbed the ...

PSU-Iowa highlights, lowlights

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 21-19 victory over Iowa on Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium: Play of the game: On fourth-and-goal from the Iowa 7, Trace McSorley threaded a touchdown pass through traffic to Juwan Johnson as time expired. ...

Penn State-Iowa notebook

Hawkeyes just miss big upset IOWA CITY, Iowa — One of the reasons Penn State won the Big Ten last year was because Iowa upset Michigan in a key game at night at Kinnick Stadium. The 2008 Penn State team also knows how tough it is to win here at night, suffering its only regular-season ...

Nittany Lions need to be ready for physical Iowa squad

Five things to look for as Penn State kicks off the Big Ten schedule in a very difficult environment tonight at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. No. 1: Let’s get physical The Hawkeyes are going to try and come out and smack PSU in the face, especially early, so we’ll see if the Nittany Lions ...

Underdogs are making big strides

The Associated Press Purdue football is showing new signs of life on the field and on the airwaves, too. Jake Query, who co-hosts an afternoon radio show on Fox Sports 975 in Indianapolis, said the Boilermakers didn’t stimulate much, if any, audience participation the last couple years. ...

No reason to nitpick so far

We love to nitpick in sports. When all else fails, let’s just find something to complain about. But here’s a nifty little idea: Let’s not. Not when it comes to Penn State’s 3-0 start, during which the Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents, 141-14. The belief here is that ...

Lions have room for growth

Since the Nittany Lions outscored their three non-conference opponents, 141-14, the answer to this week’s question is obvious. Or is it? Certainly Penn State’s 3-0 start has been successful, but whether it fully prepared the Lions for what lies ahead will not be determined until the ...

Smith balancing football and marriage

UNIVERSITY PARK — To excel and succeed at a premier football program like Penn State requires an uncanny devotion to the game, a marriage between player and sport. For Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith, he finds himself splitting time between two marriages. Away from the field, the ...

Youth served at Iowa

The Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa — For much of his tenure at Iowa, coach Kirk Ferentz largely avoided playing freshmen. He has changed his mind on newcomers — a shift that has helped revitalize Iowa’s offense. There are true and redshirt freshmen up and down the depth chart for ...

Lions face first road test

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has a big game this week at Iowa in the Big Ten opener, and James Franklin talked about the challenges Tuesday, but not until after he addressed what he termed “field goal-gate” from Saturday’s 56-0 win over Georgia ...

Franklin explains himself in ‘Field goal-gate’

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Iowa (3-0) Kickoff: Saturday 7:30 p.m., Kinnick Stadium TV: ABC About the Hawkeyes: They’re 3-0 with wins over Wyoming (24-3), at Iowa State (44-41) and North Texas (31-14). … Their top two running backs are ...

Eight home matches highlight schedule

Wrestling UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State wrestling team, winner of six of the last seven NCAA titles, released its 2017-2018 schedule Monday, highlighted by eight home duals this year, including one huge Big Ten matchup in the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State opens up its season at home ...

Giger: Let’s be honest in sports

This is always an interesting time of year for me because I’m finished covering the Curve and now focus pretty much solely on Penn State football for several months. I’m one of the few full-time baseball beat writers around who also covers a major college or pro football team on a daily ...

Big plays highlight Lions’ rout of overmatched Panthers

UNIVERSITY PARK — After Penn State scored to go up 56-0, a Nittany Lion fan empathetic of George State getting destroyed was overheard saying, “They scored again? That’s sad.” Then the fan was reminded by someone that Georgia State got paid $1.2 million for the game, so it didn’t go ...

PSU now 3-0, but road just starting

UNIVERSITY PARK — OK, let’s get to the real thing. Penn State’s non-conference/exhibition season is over, and to the surprise of no one, the Nittany Lions will enter Big Ten play unscathed at 3-0 following Saturday night’s 56-0 demolition of Georgia State. Based on the way Penn ...

Penn State still showing signs of inconsistency on offense

UNIVERSITY PARK — It looked like something improvisational, drawn up in the dirt or devised on the fly on the sideline in the movie “Varsity Blues,” with Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley filling in for James Van Der Beek as Jonathan Moxon. Finding no one downfield, McSorley slid ...