Game Coverage

Rose Bowl highlights, lowlights

PASADENA, Calif. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 52-49 loss to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl on Monday: Play of the game: USC quarterback Sam Darnold threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Deontay Burnett, splitting two PSU defenders, with 1:20 remaining to tie ...

Rose Bowl notebook

Godwin has great day PASADENA, Calif. — Receiver Chris Godwin had a superb Rose Bowl, finishing with nine catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He also made a spectacular one-handed catch and came up with a tipped ball down the sideline that led to a 72-yard score. “I thought I did ...

Rose Bowl scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER USC 7, Penn State 0: Trace McSorley’s second interception of the first quarter was a ball thrown behind DeAndre Thompkins, who had it hit off his hands before Adoree’ Jackson picked it off and returned it 21 yards to the USC 49. QB Sam Darnold connected with Deontay Burnett ...

Trojan quarterback up to the challenge

PASADENA, Calif. — The classic battle that Southern Cal was able to emerge from with a 52-49 victory on the game’s final play in Monday’s Rose Bowl left Trojan coach Clay Helton convinced he had been part of something special. “What a terrific football game,” Helton raved afterward. ...

PSU’s inspired play upstaged by USC’s late heroics

PASADENA, Calif. — Many people consider Texas vs. USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl to be the greatest college football game they’ve ever seen, in large part because it was a heavyweight battle for the national title. In terms of memories, amazing individual performances and sheer wackiness, ...

Lions best flu, Knights

PISCAWAY, N.J. — With six or seven guys battling a stomach flu for the past four days — including usual starters Shep Garner and Mike Watkins and key reserve Terrence Samuel — Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was using assistant coaches in practice as extra bodies. The sick half of the ...

Rising to the occasion

LOS ANGELES — Offense is sexy, and so is coming back from 28-7 down to win the Big Ten championship. But Penn State would not have been able to climb up that gigantic mountain against Wisconsin without a tremendous second-half performance by its defense. The Badgers scored only three points ...

Lady Lions blown out

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team was unable to stop the sharp-shooting of Indiana in its Big Ten Conference opener, falling to the Hooisers, 89-70, on Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak and a 7-0 start to the home slate ...

Teams visit Disney

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Penn State and Southern California visited Disneyland on Tuesday, starting the festivities leading up to the Rose Bowl. It was a trip neither team could have imagined making on the first day of October. The Trojans were 1-3, having turned to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold ...

Lions shorthanded

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Penn State went to Disneyland on the Nittany Lions’ first full day in California preparing for the Rose Bowl, but it wasn’t all sunshine for the Big Ten Conference champions. Coach James Franklin announced at a media availability that some Lions won’t be available to ...

Wildcats roar past PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — For a moment following Northwestern’s 87-77 win over Penn State on Tuesday, it sounded like Chris Collins was going to go down his lineup and offer praise for every player on the stat sheet in front of him. He would’ve had good reason to do so. The Wildcats (12-2, ...

Rudel: Father’s pride: Jim Pry shares in son’s success

Throughout his football coaching career, Brent Pry has never had to go too far for advice. In the early years, it was across the kitchen table. Now, it’s still just a phone call away. Pry’s father, Jim, is a lifelong coach whose mentorship of James Franklin as offensive coordinator at ...

Lions are starting to gel

By Travis Johnson The Associated Press UNIVERSITY PARK — Tony Carr looked toward the basket, took a step inside and bounced a pass into the hands of Shep Garner, who dropped it neatly in the hoop. Garner pointed in Carr’s direction and offered a respectful nod as they headed back down ...

Lions’ Chambers feeling good

By Jim O’Connell The Associated Press NEW YORK — Penn State coach Patrick Chambers sounded like a coach who just watched his team play as well as it has all season. “We competed. We played hard. And it’s nice, of course, to make so many 3s,” he said. “That always ...

Losing to Lions not that bad

By Andy Elder For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite the 46-0 shellacking his team took at the hands of No. 2 Penn State on Sunday, Binghamton wrestling coach Matt Dernlan didn’t seem discouraged. The Nittany Lions rolled up three falls, a technical fall, five major decisions and a ...

Slow start a killer for Penn State

By Matt Sugam The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. — Sheldon Jeter can’t quite put his finger on why Pitt is giving up second half leads. Fortunately, he and the Panthers can continue to look for answers after a victory. Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on ...

Lions embarrassed at home by GMU

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State athletics’ winning streak found a bitter end at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday night. The football, hockey and basketball programs had a recent combined 23 consecutive wins until the Lions’ disappointing 85-66 ...

Lady Lions have too much balance for Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. — Life on the road can be tough, but the Penn State women’s basketball team shook off a slow start, and four players reached double-figures in an 84-48 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night. The game was tied at 8-8 with 6:12 left in the first quarter before a ...

Fans will be treated to USC at the legendary Rose Bowl

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State missed out on the playoffs, but its consolation prize and opponent are as good as it gets in college football. The Nittany Lions will play red-hot USC in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 in Pasadena. It will be the first Rose Bowl appearance for ...

Chaos never surfaces in Final Four selection

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press In the end, true chaos never came to college football this season. Four teams that started near the top of the College Football Playoff rankings will play for the national championship. Alabama will face Washington in one semifinal and Clemson meets ...