Game Coverage

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 ...

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 ...