Game Coverage

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 ...

Lions hoping magical season starts vs. Zips

Five things to look for as No. 6 Penn State opens what it hopes will be another magical season against a vastly overmatched opponent in Akron. No. 1: Start fast This is the opener, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Nittany Lions are a little sluggish in the first quarter. And even if ...

For season openers, offering some reflection

There’s something special about the opening of a football season. All the preseason talk is thankfully over, curiosity is high, September cool usually fills the air — OK, today may be rainy — and optimism reigns as everybody’s undefeated, including Akron. Penn State is 107-21-2 ...

Heisman hype needs big stats

Commentary Let me be clear up front and say I’m not advocating for continuing to play Saquon Barkley when Penn State is up 30 points just to pad stats. That’s foolish in football. But there is an undeniable truth when it comes to winning the Heisman Trophy, and that truth is the ...

Piling it on won’t be necessary

Commentary Today’s question is easy. Penn State doesn’t need to make a conscious effort to increase Saquon Barkley’s workload in the non-conference portion of the schedule to boost his chances to win the Heisman Trophy. This isn’t Tulsa or Western Kentucky or some non-Power 5 program ...

Penn State edges Bahamas team

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Penn State men’s basketball team prevailed, 109-105, over the New Providence Basketball Association All-Stars in a double-overtime thriller in the first game of the “Summer of Thunder” tournament in the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. ...

Franklin gets an eyeful of Nittany Lions’ depth

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — When injuries decimated the Penn State football team’s linebacking corps early last season, Cam Brown got thrown into the fire. Literally, in a sense, as his redshirt had to be burned. “Developmentally, (I was) not ready,” ...

Stevens makes an impression

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has a potential Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback, and yet he was not the most impressive quarterback during Saturday’s Blue-White Game. Granted, it was just a scrimmage, and he played mostly against reserves, but ...