Game Coverage

Rutgers-PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 35-6 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Trace McSorley hit DaeSean Hamilton, who pitched a lateral back to Saquon Barkley, who gained 21 yards to the Rutgers 1, setting up ...

Rutgers-Penn State notebook

New look for offense UNIVERSITY PARK — Following a few weeks of a stale run game with an overpowered offensive line that severely limited any Saquon Barkley success, Penn State switched up its offensive look against Rutgers by adding a pistol set that places McSorley a few yards behind the ...

Finding a scarlet letter

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to snap a two-game losing streak on homecoming against a bad but improved Rutgers team. No. 1: Roll it up The Nittany Lions need to rout this team, and they should, to help get over the sting of dropping two crushing games in a row. There’s ...

Franklin sounds like he knows offense needs tweaking

One of James Franklin’s comments struck me this past week. When asked about the offense, which has become a weekly theme, Franklin said this: “The formula had worked pretty good for us for the last year.” Later, he added, “We’ve had one of the most explosive offenses in the ...

Franklin keeps things short, sweet

UNIVERSITY PARK — A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Rutgers (4-5, 3-3 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Beaver Stadium TV: BTN About the Scarlet Knights: They’ve made solid strides this year under coach Chris Ash after disastrous 2016 that saw ...

Ash feels Rutgers heading upward

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Entering Saturday’s homecoming game between Penn State and Rutgers, both teams find themselves in unexpected territory in the Big Ten East standings. With the Nittany Lions dropping two straight and the Scarlet Knights winning three ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 27-24 loss to Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback C McSorley went 26-47 for 381, three TDs and 14 yards per catch. He also had several dropped. ...

Nittany Lions finish exhibition with win

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team picked up an 84-67 win over Bloomsburg in the Bryce Jordan Center in its final exhibition game of the 2017-18 preseason. The Nittany Lions, playing their second game in as many days, open the regular season on Friday versus ...

After long delay, Penn State beaten in final seconds again

EAST LANSING, Mich. — There will be questions about whether Penn State was ready to play, and if the Nittany Lions truly had gotten over their devastating loss last week at Ohio State. That might have been part of the problem, sure. But it’s not why the Nittany Lions lost to Michigan ...

PSU plays like it’s afraid of heights

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Just eight days ago, Penn State, ranked No. 2 for the first time since 1999, stood in the rarified air of the college football world and allowed itself to take a long, deep breath from the same mountaintop as Alabama. And man was it exhilarating — while it ...

PSU-MSU highlights, lowlights

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 27-24 loss to Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium: Situation of the game: Before the play of the game, let’s outline the situation of the game. With Michigan State facing third-and-4 from the ...

PSU-Michigan State notebook

Where does PSU go from here? EAST LANSING, Mich. — The College Football Playoff hopes are now gone with a second loss, but with three very winnable games left, Penn State is still in position to finish 10-2. At the beginning of most seasons, 10-2 would be fantastic. But after being ranked ...

Leadership will need to help PSU rebound

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State tries to bounce back from last week’s crushing loss at Ohio State in another tough road game at Michigan State. No. 1: Leadership test How will the Nittany Lions respond to blowing a 15-point ...

Iowa throttles No. 3 Ohio State

The Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa — Big Ten teams with national title hopes should know by now to be wary of Kinnick Stadium in November. The Ohio State Buckeyes weren’t — and their playoff aspirations are likely cooked because of it. Nate Stanley threw for 226 yards and five ...

Taylor helps Badgers cruise to win

The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jonathan Taylor rushed for 183 yards and one touchdown and Alec Ingold had three scores Saturday to help No. 4 Wisconsin pull away with a 45-17 victory at Indiana. The Badgers (9-0, 6-0, No. 9 CFP) extended the nation’s second-longest winning ...

Late lead may be only way to know if PSU has learned

We interrupt this weeklong post-Ohio State narrative to welcome another storyline today at Michigan State. If only it were that easy. What unfolded in Columbus should be forgiven considering the tremendous strides Penn State has made under James Franklin. But that doesn’t mean it will ...

No. 9 key part of game plan

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Success against Michigan State is nothing new for Penn State. Since joining the Big Ten in 1993, the Nittany Lions hold a 14-7 advantage over the Spartans. Last season, Penn State clinched the Big Ten East Division title with a dominating ...

Buckeyes rally in fourth quarter to nip Lions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Penn State stole a thriller from Ohio State last year with the kicking game, but this time around, the Nittany Lions have to be kicking themselves for failing to finish off the Buckeyes. Penn State led by 14 points less than four minutes in, and by 18 points on two ...

Just how good are Lions? They’re about to find out

The pendulum that measures emotion and performance swings quite wide in college football. Witness the last couple of years as it relates to Penn State football. Even when you factor the Nittany Lions’ improvement and scholarship restoration, the separation is much less significant when ...

Knockout punch belongs to OSU

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Just when it appeared that Penn State was about ready to take the torch from Ohio State as the Big Ten’s flagship program, the Nittany Lions were dealt a cruel reality that will be forever etched in their craw. Penn State came into hallowed Ohio Stadium unbeaten, the ...