Game Coverage

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 ...

PSU-Illinois highlights-lowlights

Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night at Memorial Stadium: Play of the game: With Penn State up 35-24, Jan Johnson’s interception off an Illinois bobble gave the Nittany Lions possession at the Illini 21 with 14:18 ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night at Memorial Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback A No. 9 (12-19-160) just exudes toughness, adding career-high 92 rush yards. He’s ...

Once again, PSU rallies in second half

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Penn State shockingly found itself trailing huge-underdog Illinois early in the third quarter Friday night, leading to much frustration in the Nittany Nation. But this script has played out before over the past couple of years. ...

With OSU next, real Lions must stand up

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Bring on Ohio State. Game of the year. Do you think Penn State is ready? The answer is a resounding no — if it’s the Nittany Lion team that looked uninspired and got run over defensively by woeful Illinois for the first two quarters and five minutes of the third ...

PSU-Illinois notebook

Friday night deal: Year two of six CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Big Ten introduced Friday night football games last season, and Penn State had to take its first turn in the rotation with the trip to Illinois. It’s unclear when the Nittany Lions will have to play on a Friday again. Big Ten ...

McSorley accounts for five TDs in rout of Flashes

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin has a man crush on Trace McSorley and isn’t afraid to admit it. “If you’re a young quarterback out there, watch Trace McSorley,” Penn State’s coach said Saturday. “The guy has been winning since he was in diapers.” Franklin went on and on ...

Lions’ talent masking their youth, mistakes

UNIVERSITY PARK — Only a true Penn State nitpicker would witness a 53-point victory and come away somewhat unimpressed. So be it. Yes, the Nittany Lions demolished Kent State, 63-10, on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Yes, they are 3-0 heading into their Big Ten opener at Illinois ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 63-10 victory over Kent State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Backup quarterback Sean Clifford connected with freshman receiver Daniel George for a ...

PSU-Kent State notebook

Hamler continues to shine UNIVERSITY PARK — Freshman phenom KJ Hamler made a great first impression with his performance two weeks ago against Appalachian State. Since then his impact on the game has only continued to grow with each and every week. It’s become clear that the ...

PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Kent State 0: Trace McSorley hit KJ Hamler for a 56-yard TD on the second play of the game, but it was called back on a holding penalty by center Michal Menet. The Lions wound up punting from their 45, but a roughing-the-kicker personal foul penalty on Cepeda ...

Illinois falls apart in fourth quarter at home

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Blake Barnett threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to Darnell Salomon as South Florida rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Illinois 25-19 on Saturday. Barnett was 23 of 40 for 411 yards passing with two touchdowns and two ...

Nittany Lions dominate intrastate rival Panthers

PITTSBURGH — A lot of people waited a long time for the return of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry. But after the humiliating debacle that unfolded Saturday night, the ending of this series renewal might not come quickly enough for many fans. The Nittany Lions played OK. Just OK. They made a lot ...

Panthers collapse on their own stage

PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi entered the final scheduled home game between these two old Eastern foes making no bones about the fact that the Penn State rivalry has extra meaning to his program. Maybe, in fact, it means too much. Pitt rolled out the most decorated of its incredibly ...

PSU-Pitt highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com PITTSBURGH — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 51-6 victory over Pitt on Saturday night at Heinz Field: Play of the game: Down 7-6 late in the first half, Pitt punter Kirk Christodoulou bobbled a snap and was snowed ...

Penn State-Pitt notebook

Givens returns from suspension PITTSBURGH — Defensive tackle Kevin Givens started Saturday’s game after being suspended for the season opener against Appalachian State for violating team rules. Givens had a big impact, frequently getting into the backfield and finishing with a team-high ...

Narduzzi embarrassed by Pitt’s performance

PITTSBURGH — When Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi got hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for complaining about a substitution, it put the exclamation point on how the Panthers lost their composure in Saturday night’s 51-6 loss to Penn State at Heinz Field. The meltdown was apparent in all ...

Nittany Lions, Panthers aim for bragging rights

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State and Pitt renew their rivalry in what should turn out to be a fun and competitive game. No. 1: Scoring in bunches Penn State has Trace McSorley and an explosive offense, so it should have the advantage. It’s ...

Audition over, PSU must reverse trend

Through the last couple of seasons, during its rise from the post-sanctions era and establishment of James Franklin’s tenure to Big Ten champion and annual league contender, it’s become apparent that Penn State’s success is largely tied to having to score 40 points in order to win. ...

As usual, Franklin gives Pitt his full attention

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Welcome to Super Bowl LV week of the James Franklin era at Penn State. That’s 55 for the Roman numeral-challenged, representing the 55th game of Franklin’s PSU tenure. “This is the Super Bowl for us,” the coach said of Saturday’s game at ...