Game Coverage

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...