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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 ...

Oruwariye’s OT interception helps PSU avoid disaster

UNIVERSITY PARK — Teams like Appalachian State make sports fun. And unpredictably zany. Eleven years to the day after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college football history, a 34-32 stunner at No. 5 Michigan, the small school from the mountains of Boone, N.C., nearly shocked the ...

For openers, Lions raise their share of questions

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State opened its season with a wildly-entertaining 45-38 overtime victory Saturday over Appalachian State that anyone who witnessed had to enjoy. Well, almost anyone. “I started the game at 46 years old,” James Franklin said afterward. “I ended it at ...

Penn State notebook

UNIVERSITY — Defensive tackle Kevin Givens did not play in Saturday’s opener as he was suspended for violating team rules and was on the sideline in street clothes. It’s unclear what rule Givens broke, and also unclear if he will be available to play next week at Pitt. Coach James ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 45-38 overtime victory over Appalachian State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Nittany Lion cornerback Amani Oruwariye intercepted App State quarterback Zac Thomas in the end zone on first down ...

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, App State 0: App State stopped PSU on third-and-1 at its own 34 on the opening series, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on DB Desmond Franklin kept the drive going for the Lions. They made the visitors pay by marching to the end zone, getting back-to-back ...

Maryland picks up emotional victory

he Associated Press LANDOVER, Md. — It was one of those rare occurrences when the sequel proved even more impressive than the original. Maryland emerged from a trying offseason with an emotionally charged 34-29 upset of No. 23 Texas on Saturday, shaking off a lengthy weather delay to ...

App State QB shines in spotlight

By Caleb Wilfinger For the Altoona Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Before Saturday, Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas had only thrown 10 career passes at the NCAA Division I level, and not a single one of them mattered. For nearly four hours in front of more than 105,000 screaming ...

Lions will play lots of youngsters

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Appalachian State (0-0) Kickoff: Saturday 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: BTN About the Mountaineers: What most people know about App State is it pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football history in ...