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Plenty of motivation exists for home finale

Five things to look for as Penn State wraps up the regular season against Maryland with a lot riding on the line. No. 1: Plenty to play for Talk about story lines. It’s senior day, Trace McSorley’s final home game and a chance to play for a berth in a New Year’s Six bowl game ...

Irish could have affect on PSU’s Franklin

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com James Franklin has stated that he plans to stay at Penn State for a long time, so does that mean the speculation about him possibly going to USC is over? Not exactly. Franklin gave a non-denial denial answer when asked about the USC speculation ...

Nittany Lions go cold in final minutes

CANCUN, Mexico — The final shot for the Penn State men’s basketball team just … wouldn’t … quite … fall … in … and the Nittany Lions’ rally fell short in the Cancun Challenge championship game as Bradley got a 59-56 victory Wednesday night. In fact, Penn State got off ...

PSU finds its ‘O’ at the right time

UNIVERSITY PARK —The Penn State Lady Lions trailed by 11 points with 4:49 to play, but closed the game on a 22-4 run to capture a 75-68 win over North Dakota Wednesday afternoon at the Jordan Center. The Lady Lions (4-1) have erased at least a nine-point deficit in all four of their wins ...

Seniors making impact

Nearly two dozen Penn State players will take part in the final home game of their careers Saturday against Maryland, and coach James Franklin gushed over what those players have been able to accomplish. “You look at their record, the senior class, I think all things considered, maybe one ...

Franklin addresses USC rumors

The USC debate Check out a video online of Cory Giger and Neil Rudel discussing all the elements that go into speculation about James Franklin and a potential USC job. Go to YouTube.com/AltoonaMirror. By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com James Franklin surely knew the question was ...

Stevens leads Lions to rout

The Associated Press CANCUN, Mexico — Lamar Stevens equaled his season high with 25 points and Penn State defeated Wright State 77-59 on Tuesday night to advance to the championship game of the Cancun Challenge’s Riviera bracket. The Nittany Lions (3-1) will play Bradley tonight while ...

UCF finds its way into committee’s top 10 ranking

The Associated Press Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. Unlike last ...

Simpson to finish up against Maryland

Zach Simpson has one more year of college eligibility remaining at Penn State, but the Hollidaysburg Area High School product apparently is forgoing his senior season and will play his final home game Saturday against Maryland. Penn State will recognize its seniors and other underclassmen ...

PSU Altoona benefit set for Nov. 30

Penn State Altoona’s club ice hockey and College Hockey East have teamed up with the Mario Lemieux Foundation, The Griffith Family Foundation and THON for the College Hockey Combats Cancer campaign. Purple Puck Night will take place Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. when the Nittany Lions host the ...

USC could be interested in Franklin, but would he go?

This is the final week of the regular season, so the silly season is already starting up. The rumor mill and speculation season with regards to coaching moves. If I had to guess, I’d say James Franklin will be Penn State’s coach for 10 more years. At least. He’s not going to the ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 20-7 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at HighPoint.com Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback C With his injured knee, McSorley (17-37-183) is clearly reluctant to run, often key to his ...

Nittany Lions do just enough to get the ‘W’

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com PISCATAWAY — There was a comical scene midway through the third quarter Saturday in which Rutgers called a terrific trick play at the goal line — a halfback pass to the end zone to a wide-open quarterback. He dropped it. The play pretty much ...

Quietly, Givens doing his share on defense

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — There were plenty of parts of the Penn State football operation that were less than impressive here Saturday. Altoona’s Kevin Givens, however, was an exception as he turned in a performance to feel good about. Givens and the Nittany Lions’ defensive line continued ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 20-7 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at HighPoint.com Stadium: Play of the game: On fourth-and-2 goal from the Penn State 2 midway through the third quarter, Rutgers ...

Rutgers-PSU notebook

McSorley reaches milestones PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Trace McSorley became just the third player in Big Ten history to reach 100 career touchdowns Saturday, joining Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Purdue’s Drew Brees. McSorley also won his 30th game as a starting quarterback, the most in Penn ...

Lions’ Franklin gets to be a fan

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shortly after the conclusion of Penn State’s victory Saturday at Rutgers, coach James Franklin got to enjoy an unusual and humorous post-game press conference. Members of the PSU beat were watching the end of Ohio State’s ...

Maryland pushes No. 9 Ohio State to the edge before losing in overtime

The Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ninth-ranked Ohio State went to overtime to avoid one of the most stunning upsets in this college football season, defeating Maryland 52-51 Saturday when the Terrapins failed to convert a 2-point conversion after the potential game-tying ...

No messing around: Lions need to put Rutgers away early

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State plays at Rutgers in what has become by far the easiest win on the Big Ten schedule each year. No. 1: Cut to the chase Rutgers is awful. This should be an easy win. Just show up and play. No. 2: OK, real ...