Game Coverage

Lions set sights on Spartans

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Penn State played a sloppy first half. It didn’t matter. The Nittany Lions missed a ton of opportunities. It didn’t matter. No one really stood out on either side of the ball. It didn’t matter. None of that mattered because Rutgers was the opponent, and ...

Credit where due: Franklin’s star shines

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — James Franklin was announced as a semifinalist for the George Munger national coach of the year award Friday. There are 16 candidates, and Franklin is as worthy as any of his peers and more worthy than most. Don’t be surprised if he wins it. Following Penn State’s ...

PSU-Rutgers highlights, lowlights

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 39-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night at High Point Solutions Stadium: Play of the game: Juwan Johnson blocked a Rutgers punt early in the third quarter, which gave the Nittany Lions possession at the ...

Duke gets hurt in win over PSU

The Associated Press UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Top-ranked Duke bounced back from its loss to Kansas by beating Penn State, but watched another player go down with an injury. Freshman Frank Jackson led five players in double figures with 17 points and Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 ...

PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 3, Rutgers 0: The Lions drove down the field on their second series, but tight end Mike Gesicki couldn’t come up with a tough catch in the end zone, and the drive stalled at the 14. Tyler Davis kicked a 32-yard field goal with 6:34 left in the first. Penn State 6, ...

Penn State-Rutgers notebook

Playoff scenarios unchanged Everything held to form Saturday — barely — as Ohio State held off Michigan State, 17-16, and Michigan beat Indiana, 20-10. No other teams that could impact Penn State’s hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff lost. So, here’s the situation heading ...

PSU needs big win against Rutgers

Five things to look for as Penn State plays a really bad Rutgers team and looks to take another step toward a spot in the Big Ten title game and perhaps the College Football Playoff. No. 1: Style points The Nittany Lions need to destroy Rutgers, plain and simple. The Scarlet Knights are ...

Big Ten road helping to pave Nittany Lions’ success

Gauge most Penn State fans on their feelings about being members of the Big Ten Conference, even 23 years since the inaugural season, and you’ll probably still get a mixed response. Some no doubt long for their old Eastern brothers and would rather be playing in the same league as Pitt and ...

Philly connection helps Lions deliver knockout punch

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State is slowly discovering its identity after finishing a three-game home stretch with an 85-76 victory over Grand Canyon on Tuesday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Coach Patrick Chambers’ description of their identity is eerily ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 45-31 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium: POSITION             GRADE         COMMENT Quarterback             B+            Not an easy day for McSorley, but he still gutted ...

Suriano backs up Sanderson’s confidence in win

UNIVERSITY PARK — When Penn State coach Cael Sanderson was asked at media day if he would be as confident in true freshman Nick Suriano leading off the lineup as he had been with four-time All-American Nico Megaludis, the coach’s matter-of-fact response might have surprised some. “Yes, ...

Freshmen lift Penn State over Duquesne

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State alma mater, which the young players still don’t fully know, was sung a bit happier after the Nittany Lions 82-74 victory over Duquesne. “I’m studying it at night,” said 6-7 freshman Lamar Stevens on learning the song. “I’ll have it down ...

Lions pull away from Indiana late in game

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It looked like the magic was running out, and all the talk of a 10-2 season for Penn State was turning out to be premature. Down 10. Late third quarter. On the road. Defense reeling. Star running back getting stuffed. Offensive line falling apart again. For ...

Lions progressing to lofty heights

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After Penn State completed yet another second-half comeback en route to its sixth-straight Big Ten victory and headed for the 2016 regular-season finish line at a spiffy 8-2, the Nittany Lions’ extraordinary progress and improvement was not lost on the man who sits in ...

PSU-Indiana highlights, lowlights

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 45-31 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium: Play of the game: On second-and-10 from the Indiana 27 and 39 seconds remaining, Brandon Bell sacked Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow, who fumbled. ...

PSU-Indiana highlights, lowlights

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 45-31 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium: Play of the game: On second-and-10 from the Indiana 27 and 39 seconds remaining, Brandon Bell sacked Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow, who fumbled. ...

Penn State-Indiana notebook

Offensive line injuries take toll BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Already without starting tackles Andrew Nelson and Brendan Mahon, Penn State lost starting left tackle Paris Palmer in the first quarter Saturday. Late in the fourth quarter, freshman guard Connor McGovern was injured and didn’t ...

Givens has ‘great game’

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kevin Givens had the best day of his young career Saturday for Penn State. The redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Altoona Area High School had a sack, recovered a fumble and batted down a fourth-down pass at the line of scrimmage to end an Indiana drive in the ...

Penn State-Indiana scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Indiana 0: On PSU’s first possession, Trace McSorley scrambled right and found Saquon Barkley for 32 yards down the right sideline to the Indiana 25. On third-and-goal from the 10, McSorley saw an opening on the left side and scrambled for the score with 11:28 ...

Lions will need complete game to ensure win

Five things to look for as Penn State plays what might be its toughest remaining test of the regular season today at Indiana. No. 1: Road check There are a lot of reasons to buy into this PSU team, coach James Franklin and his staff with the Nittany Lions riding a five-game winning ...