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Positive Williams impresses

Major-college football players don't get where they are without an enormous amount of confidence, and even when they struggle, many don't want to divulge that their confidence may have dipped.Showing that kind of vulnerability just isn't done very often in football, where machismo runs rampant ...

Franklin trying to redshirt QBs

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin typically has a narrow mindset each week - always focused on Saturday's opponent and this week it's all about UMass - and the Penn State coach doesn't like to delve into broader subjects or look too far ahead into the season.But there was a glimpse of Franklin's ...

coachspeak with james franklin

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conferenceOpponent: UMassKickoff: Saturday 4 p.m., Beaver StadiumTV: BTNAbout the Minutemen: They're 0-3 but have lost two games by just three points (41-38 to Colorado and 34-31 to Vanderbilt); also allowed 30 points to Boston College and giving ...

Take your pick for league’s best

So who's the best offensive player in the Big Ten?Yes, the conference has gotten off to a dismal start. And, yes, the season is young.Ohio State's Braxton Miller, the Big Ten's top offensive player the past two years, is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Someone is destined to step ...

Issues on O-line easy to pinpoint

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State is 3-0 and favored by nearly four touchdowns this week, and in a sport where winning is all that matters, those are undeniably positive facts.It's equally undeniable, however, that the Nittany Lions have glaring problems on the offensive line, the kind of problems ...

UMass coach high on Hack

Mark Whipple understands what it takes for a quarterback to succeed in the NFL, and he believes Penn State's Christian Hackenberg will be the first player drafted whenever he becomes eligible."If he could come out this year, he'd be the first player picked," said Whipple, head coach of PSU's ...

Central picks Mock as new girls coach

The new head coach of the Central High School girls varsity basketball program will be a very familiar face.Rob Mock, who served as the program's varsity assistant coach last season under Mike Horton, has eight years of experience coaching girls basketball in the Central program. Mock - who was ...

Boys Athlete of the Week

Name: Mike MockSchool: CentralAge: 18Grade: SeniorSport: FootballAthlete of the week achievement: Mock was 9-of-14 passing for 179 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the final 7 minutes of the game when Central trailed Clearfield 28-21 and rallied for a 35-28 victory. He also rushed ...

Girls Athlete of the Week

Name: Alyssa McGheeSchool: Bishop GuilfoyleAge: 17Grade: JuniorSport: SoccerAthlete of the week achievement: McGhee had five goals and one assist in a win over Cambria Heights, four goals and two assists in a win over previously-unbeaten Westmont Hilltop and had her team's three goals in a 3-1 ...

Shoop’s defense main reason Lions 3-0

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.Looking backn Five things to like:1. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop: He has done a fantastic job so far, and even though quarterback Christian Hackenberg gets so much notoriety, the defense is the main ...

Lions get Jersey recruit

Penn State got out of New Jersey with a win on Saturday night, and the Nittany Lions came home and won over a recruit from that state on Sunday.Daiquan Kelly, a 6-foot-2, 206-pound prospect, got a scholarship offer from the Lions and promptly committed. He had committed to Syracuse in June but ...

Penn State-Rutgers scoring summary

SECOND QUARTERRutgers 7, Penn State 0: PSU's Sam Ficken had a 34-yard field-goal try blocked by Kemoko Turay, and Rutgers drove 80 yards on the ensuing possession for a TD. The Scarlet Knights did most of their damage on the ground behind running back Desmon Peoples, who had a 21-yard gain on ...

Rutgers-PSU notebook

Lions intercept five passesPISCATAWAY, N.J. - Penn State's defense had a great night against Rutgers senior quarterback Gary Nova, intercepting five passes."I was just trying to put my offense in position to make plays," said cornerback Trevor Williams, who has struggled at times this season ...

PSU-Rutgers highlights, lowlights

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 13-10 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night at High Point Solutions Stadium:Play of the game: On second-and-goal from the 5, with 1:13 left and trailing 10-6, the Lions went up the middle to Bill Belton, who scored ...

Hackenberg shows greatness

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The great ones have short memories and thrive best in the clutch.If he hadn't proven that he's a great one before Saturday night, Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg definitely showed it in the last two minutes of the Nittany Lions' thrilling 13-10 comeback ...

PSU travels 80 yards late to edge Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Penn State looked lost for most of the game, on offense anyway, and was a mere three minutes from wrapping up what had been a hugely disappointing night with a head-scratching loss to Rutgers.Then Christian Hackenberg found Geno Lewis for a huge 53-yard pass play, and just ...

Hawkeyes upset by state rival

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Cole Netten hit a 42-yard field goal with two seconds left and Iowa State rallied to beat Iowa 20-17 on Saturday, picking up its first win of the season.Sam Richardson had 255 yards passing and 2 TDs for the Cyclones (1-2), who beat the rival Hawkeyes (2-1) for the third time ...

Hackenberg could shine against Knights

Five things to look for as "that team from Pennsylvania" plays the State University of New Jersey, otherwise known as Rutgers, in what is an important game but in no way can be considered a rivalry just yet.No. 1: Air it outIn its illustrious history, Penn State had never had a 400-yard passer ...

Rudel: Finally, Rutgers gets Penn State at its real home

I've been fortunate to have covered Penn State and college football for a long time, and it dawned on me this week, I've never been to Rutgers.Basketball yes, football no.That's not because Penn State hasn't played Rutgers. In fact, the teams have met 17 times from 1977 through '95.The last ...