Game Coverage

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 ...

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 ...

Penn State highlights-lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 56-0 victory over Georgia State on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On third-and-12 from the Lions’ 15, Trace McSorley rolled right and turned ...

Georgia State-Penn State notes

Backup QB Stevens shines UNIVERSITY PARK — Versatile backup quarterback Tommy Stevens made plays in a couple of categories Saturday night. Stevens first appeared on the stat-sheet with a ten-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Trace McSorley to cap an opening eight play, 63-yard drive and ...

Penn State ­needs quick start

Five things to look for as Penn State plays its least interesting game since hosting woeful Indiana State to open the 2011 season. No. 1: Don’t take lightly Honestly, you’re taking this game lightly. Me too. Everyone is. That’s what happens when a powerhouse team plays a small ...

More sportsmanship would benefit game

UNIVERSITY PARK — At the risk of sounding like the grumpy old man — I’m really neither, at least not most days — there was a general lack of sportsmanship on display last weekend, and it was bothersome. Respect for the opposition has been lacking for many years, and it’s getting ...

Coach wants to see his O-linemen to get ‘nasty’

Start looking ahead Penn State will open the 2021 season on the road at Wisconsin, which was the most intriguing aspect of some Nittany Lions future schedules released Tuesday. Here are the schedules for 2020 and 2021: 2020 schedule: Sept. 12—at Virginia Tech; Sept. 26—Northwestern; ...

Nittany Lions beat rival Pitt, unlike last season

UNIVERSITY PARK — Trace McSorley is one of the most candid Penn State players, someone who’s not afraid to break from the “every game is our Super Bowl” company line and actually try to explain what really happened. It was pretty clear to see what happened to McSorley and the usually ...

Pitt-PSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 33-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Trace McSorley took advantage of a good matchup and hit Saquon Barkley, who beat Pitt ...

Pitt-Penn State notes

Haley keeps making plays UNIVERSITY PARK — Cornerback Grant Haley will always have a special place in Penn State football history for his return of a blocked field goal to beat Ohio State last season, but the senior from Atlanta often has been a man on the spot in his time with the Nittany ...

Red-zone blues come back to haunt Pitt

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Execution: the carrying out or putting into effect of a plan, order, or course of action. Despite topping Penn State in nearly every offensive statistical category Saturday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Panthers failed to execute where it ...

‘Akron’ comment adds heat to Pitt-Penn State rivalry

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — As he finished wrapping up his opening statement after Saturday’s 33-14 win over Pitt, Penn State football coach James Franklin said something that drew gasps from the recruiting lounge and raised eyebrows among the assembled ...

Only carelessness will keep Penn State from racking up points

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to avenge last year’s loss and beat Pitt for the first time since 1999. No. 1: Protect ball Pitt’s defense cannot stop Penn State’s offense consistently for four quarters. That’s all there is to it. The Nittany Lions are going to score, ...

History makes Pitt games special to Blackledge

Penn State vs. Pitt means many things to many people. But, current players aside, it’s doubtful the game means more to anyone than it does to Todd Blackledge. Blackledge’s legend with the Nittany Lions was solidified with his 47-yard touchdown pass to Gregg Garrity in the 1983 Sugar ...

Only carelessness will keep Penn State from racking up points

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to avenge last year’s loss and beat Pitt for the first time since 1999. No. 1: Protect ball Pitt’s defense cannot stop Penn State’s offense consistently for four quarters. That’s all there is to it. The Nittany Lions are going to score, ...

PSU report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 52-0 victory over Akron on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B McSorley hit 18-25 for 280 yards (11.2 per try), two TDs and one pick. Wasn’t great at hitting open targets in stride but ...

Barkley, McSorley propel Penn State to rout of Zips

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State didn’t score on its opening possession Saturday, but it already had become clear that Akron was in big, big trouble. Saquon Barkley didn’t touch the ball on that PSU possession, yet the Nittany Lions moved the ball with ease against Zips. When Barkley did ...

Akron-Penn State notes

Stevens, other backups see action UNIVERSITY PARK — One of the more interesting Penn State plays occurred in the third quarter when backup quarterback Tommy Stevens came in and caught a pass in the right flat from Trace McSorley for 7 yards. Stevens is a multi-talented offensive weapon ...

Akron-PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 52-0 victory over Akron on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Saquon Barkley started in motion to the right, spun back to the left, took a handoff and raced 30 yards around the Akron defense for a ...

Thompkins adds return weapon

UNIVERSITY PARK — If there was any debate surrounding the capability of DeAndre Thompkins to fill the void of injured veteran punt returner John Reid, who is out with a knee issue, Thompkins needed all of 7:47 to squelch any of those concerns. After returning the game’s first punt of the ...