Game Coverage

Backup QB leads Michigan State

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Rocky Lombardi threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for Michigan State, and the Spartans halted Purdue’s four-game win streak, beating the Boilermakers 23-13 on Saturday. With Brian Lewerke out with a shoulder injury, ...

PSU prevails, but still shows signs of struggles

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Penn State survived and won a crucial game. Shockingly enough, given that Indiana was the opponent, it’s debatable if the better team won. But PSU did indeed find a way to prevail, and ultimately, that’s really the only thing that matters to the struggling Nittany ...

Opponent helps Lions get well

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Somebody brought up the last-minute onside kick that Penn State didn’t recover, and Nick Scott smiled. “I decided to make it a little more interesting,” the Nittany Lions’ senior safety said after Penn State, despite giving Indiana an extra breath with 49 seconds ...

Penn State-Indiana notebook

Mistakes cost Hoosiers shot at upset BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana did so many things well Saturday, moving the ball almost at will against Penn State’s defense and putting itself in position to score a whole bunch of points. But whether it was a bad holding penalty, or a bad fourth-down ...

PSU-Indiana highlights, lowlights

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 33-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium: Play of the game: On a Penn State punt with 12 minutes remaining, with the Nittany Lions up 26-21, Jonathan Sutherland forced a fumble by returner ...

PSU-Indiana scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Indiana 0: KJ Hamler returned the opening kickoff 58 yards to the Indiana 36. Two plays later, Trace McSorley hit Miles Sanders out of the backfield for a 29-yard gain to the 6. Sanders scored on third-and-goal from the 1 with 13:00 left in the first. Penn State ...

PSU offense must rediscover swagger

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to break a two-game losing streak and regain some confidence at Indiana. No. 1: Score — early and often What in the world happened to the Nittany Lions’ high-powered offense? Over the past 2.5 years, we’ve become so accustomed to PSU ...

Lions need veteran WRs to respond

Some nitpicking as the Nittany Lions attempt to avoid a three-game losing streak: Much of this week’s discussion centered around Penn State’s veteran receivers, and while there’s no doubt that the combination of Juwan Johnson, Brandon Polk and DeAndre Thompkins have been a collective ...

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 ...

Ohio State gets big lift from WR Victor

UNIVERSITY PARK — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spotted signs in practice recently of a breakout moment coming for Binjimen Victor. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins agreed with Meyer, saying Victor makes plenty of eye-popping plays during the week. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day said the junior ...

Frustration shifts blame to Franklin

UNIVERSITY PARK — The road to the Big Ten championship and the College Football Playoff still runs through Columbus. Penn State found that out painfully Saturday night. And nobody felt the pain more than James Franklin, who was hoarse and animated afterward and challenged his program — ...

Lions’ shot for big victory dashed in final minutes

UNIVERSITY PARK — What a punch in the gut. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could — and probably should — have been. In the Big Ten’s game of the year, all night long, the Nittany Lions looked like the better team. They had ...

PSU-OSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 27-26 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Penn State was leading 13-0 with 2:44 remaining in the first half and the ball when Miles ...

PSU-Ohio State notebook

Taking on the adversity UNIVERSITY PARK— One of the oldest cliches in sports is how a team responds to consistent adversity. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes entered into Saturday’s contest with one of the nation’s most potent offenses, scoring an average of 55 points per game. Yet, ...

OSU-PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 3, Ohio State 0: Juwan Johnson made an incredible one-handed catch down the left sideline on PSU’s second series for a 31-yard gain down to the Ohio State 17. Johnson had dropped a third-down pass on the previous series but atoned for it. The Lions stalled at the ...