Game Coverage

Lions hold off No. 13 Hokies in last seconds

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — The stress of the last two minutes between Penn State and No. 13 Virginia Tech was overwhelming Tuesday night at the Jordan Center. With a 63-60 lead, the Lions needed a strong finish to their best effort of the year to pull off an upset. ...

PSU dominates Maryland in regular-season finale

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State played like a motivated, emotionally energized team trying to finish strong on senior day. Maryland played like it was merely trying to finish out an emotionally draining season. Both elements were understandable, and the combination led to a Nittany Lion ...

Bowl spirit buoyed; 10-win year alive

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State got more than just a W on Saturday. In blowing out Maryland, 38-3, the Nittany Lions accomplished several things that will carry them for the next five weeks. They sent their seniors, particularly quarterback Trace McSorley, out with a deserved curtain call. ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 38-3 victory over Maryland on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On first down at the Maryland 20, Trace McSorley shot through an opening and raced untouched for a touchdown to give the Nittany Lions ...

Maryland-PSU notebook

What will USC do next? UNIVERSITY PARK — There has been speculation that USC could fire coach Clay Helton after a disappointing season, and Penn State’s James Franklin has been mentioned as a possible replacement. The Trojans had a strong showing in their season finale Saturday, giving ...

Maryland-PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Maryland 0: Trace McSorley hit KJ Hamler for 34 yards on the first play from scrimmage to the Terps’ 40, then Miles Sanders broke numerous tackles going for 35 yards on the next play to the 5. McSorley scored from 3 yards out two plays later with 13:24 left in ...

Nittany Lions go cold in final minutes

CANCUN, Mexico — The final shot for the Penn State men’s basketball team just … wouldn’t … quite … fall … in … and the Nittany Lions’ rally fell short in the Cancun Challenge championship game as Bradley got a 59-56 victory Wednesday night. In fact, Penn State got off ...

PSU finds its ‘O’ at the right time

UNIVERSITY PARK —The Penn State Lady Lions trailed by 11 points with 4:49 to play, but closed the game on a 22-4 run to capture a 75-68 win over North Dakota Wednesday afternoon at the Jordan Center. The Lady Lions (4-1) have erased at least a nine-point deficit in all four of their wins ...

Stevens leads Lions to rout

The Associated Press CANCUN, Mexico — Lamar Stevens equaled his season high with 25 points and Penn State defeated Wright State 77-59 on Tuesday night to advance to the championship game of the Cancun Challenge’s Riviera bracket. The Nittany Lions (3-1) will play Bradley tonight while ...

Nittany Lions do just enough to get the ‘W’

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com PISCATAWAY — There was a comical scene midway through the third quarter Saturday in which Rutgers called a terrific trick play at the goal line — a halfback pass to the end zone to a wide-open quarterback. He dropped it. The play pretty much ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 20-7 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at HighPoint.com Stadium: Play of the game: On fourth-and-2 goal from the Penn State 2 midway through the third quarter, Rutgers ...

Rutgers-PSU notebook

McSorley reaches milestones PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Trace McSorley became just the third player in Big Ten history to reach 100 career touchdowns Saturday, joining Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Purdue’s Drew Brees. McSorley also won his 30th game as a starting quarterback, the most in Penn ...

Lions’ Franklin gets to be a fan

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shortly after the conclusion of Penn State’s victory Saturday at Rutgers, coach James Franklin got to enjoy an unusual and humorous post-game press conference. Members of the PSU beat were watching the end of Ohio State’s ...

Maryland pushes No. 9 Ohio State to the edge before losing in overtime

The Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ninth-ranked Ohio State went to overtime to avoid one of the most stunning upsets in this college football season, defeating Maryland 52-51 Saturday when the Terrapins failed to convert a 2-point conversion after the potential game-tying ...

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 ...