Game Coverage

Freshman delivers off bench

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s 76-61 win over Jacksonville State on Monday night revealed a new jem for the Lions. Rasir Bolton, a freshman as lanky as he is level-headed, proved that he could be the weapon this team needs. “It’s big time,” Lamar ...

PSU raises banner, pounds Kent State

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s 2018 national championship banner was raised — the seventh time in the last eight years that’s happened — to the Rec Hall rafters by three-time NCAA champion Zain Retherford and athletic director Sandy Barbour on Sunday afternoon. And then the ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 22-10 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback C McSorley (19-25-160, one TD, no picks) did enough. Retuned after re-injuring knee, but ...

Sanders, ‘D’ propel PSU to victory

UNIVERSITY PARK — There were times the past couple of years, even when Penn State was lighting up scoreboards, that the Nittany Lions were accused of having a finesse offense. And defensively, it was OK for PSU to give up a lot of yards and points because everyone knew the offense would ...

Junior tailback growing into Nittany Lion leader

UNIVERSITY PARK — As C.J. Thorpe, a defensive lineman from Pittsburgh, picked up a kickoff and started rumbling with it Saturday afternoon, Miles Sanders cheered on his good buddy. But Thorpe fumbled, denying himself a SportsCenter highlight, and when he got to the sideline, Sanders ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 22-10 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On fourth-and-1 from the Penn State 36, leading 16-10, the Nittany Lions faked a punt with Johnathan Thomas running for the first ...

Windsor delivers vs. hometown team

UNIVERSITY PARK — Robert Windsor had been ready for this game since the spring. A native of Fond Du Lac, Wis., the defensive lineman was waiting all year to play the Badgers, and it certainly reflected in his play on Saturday. Windsor racked up six total tackles on the day, with five ...

Peach, Citrus possible bowls

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s bowl picture has started to look a little bit clearer following Saturday’s 22-10 win over Wisconsin and some other outcomes around the nation. The Nittany Lions close at Rutgers and at home against Maryland, so a 9-3 record seems to be in the cards. If ...

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Wisconsin 7, Penn State 0: Jonathan Taylor busted through the middle, escaped a tackle attempt and went 71 yards to the end zone with 11:04 left in the first. Penn State 7, Wisconsin 7: The Lions answered on their next possession with a 75-yard TD drive, helped by a pass ...

Lions’ talent takes center stage in win

UNIVERSITY PARK — Even though an NIT championship banner was unraveled in the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday night, Penn State looked like it had a long way to go in figuring out its identity in its game against North Florida. However, the Lions’ talent level made that lack of clear ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 42-7 loss to Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback D McSorley clearly limited, didn’t have much time and had couple more drops. But he also missed ...

PSU left stunned by blowout loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The annihilation in Ann Arbor, take two, came as a shock to this Penn State football team — and to just about everyone else. It was stunning to watch a PSU offense that’s been so prolific for the past two years be so awful against No. 5 Michigan before 111,747 fans ...

Housed: Michigan has way with Lions

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Big House is too big for Penn State. For the second time in three years, the Nittany Lions laid an egg against the Wolverines, losing 42-7, before 111,747 Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Two years ago, the 49-10 loss was early in the third season of James Franklin’s ...

PSU-Michigan highlights, lowlights

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 42-7 loss to Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium: Play of the game: Michigan cornerback Brandon Watson returned an interception by Tommy Stevens 62 yards for a touchdown with nine seconds left in the ...

Penn State-Michigan notebook

Wolverines wanted to run up score ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s players wanted to keep scoring and rub it in Saturday night because they felt that’s what Penn State tried to do in last year’s meeting. “This one was definitely personal, knowing that they tried to score at the end ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 30-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B+ A for effort, B for performance. McSorley just 11-of-25 for 167 with a pick-6, but his gutsy ...

Wild, wacky ending adds to PSU’s triumph

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State played about as poorly as possible early on against Iowa, then came the “oh no” moment in the opening moments of the second quarter. Trace McSorley, a tough son of a gun who has always taken a licking and kept on ...

Lions hang on to right their ship

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin awoke to a rainy Saturday morning and, being the glass half-full guy that he definitely is, he immediately tried to get his team in a positive frame of mind. He told the Nittany Lions at breakfast it’s “a beautiful day in Happy Valley. There’s no better ...

PSU-Iowa highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 30-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Leading 30-24, Penn State allowed Iowa to move 72 yards to the Nittany Lions’ 3 when safety ...

Penn State-Iowa notebook

Pinegar shows he can be special Like it has all season, No. 17 Penn State’s special teams played a crucial role in the team’s 30-24 victory over No. 18 Iowa. On Saturday, it could be argued that no player was more important to Penn State’s success than true freshman kicker Jake ...