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PSU’s Barkley declares early for NFL draft

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Junior running back Saquon Barkley has decided to forgo his senior season and has declared for the NFL Draft. He was unanimously selected to the 2017 NCAA Consensus All-America team, becoming the 42nd student-athlete in program history to earn the honor. He finished his ...

Restoring the roar: McSorley shines in PSU victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Trace McSorley gave a little smirk when told of his incredible day throwing the football on third down. “Yeah, that’s pretty good,” he said. No, not just pretty good. “(Going) 12-for-12 is pretty damn good,” backup quarterback Tommy Stevens chimed in when ...

Lions save best of ’17 season for last

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There’s sure something about the Fiesta Bowl that agrees with the Nittany Lions. Penn State kept its perfect record in the desert intact at 7-0 by starting strong and holding off Washington, 35-28, Saturday in a well-played and entertaining showdown at University of ...

Penn State-Washington notebook

Lions’ defense pressures QB GLENDALE, Ariz. — The biggest question mark for Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl was whether its defense could get enough pressure on Washington quarterback Jake Browning. The Nittany Lions were up to that challenge. Browning had been sacked only 16 times all ...

PSU-Washington highlights, lowlights

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 35-28 victory over Washington on Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium: Play of the game: Immediately after Washington pulled within 28-21 to start the third quarter, Trace McSorley ...

Year of the championship

More than perhaps any other year in recent memory, the calendar year 2017 brought something special for just about every sports fan in the Altoona Mirrorás readership area. Name the sport, and there was a corresponding honor or accolade for an athletic team or individual. Penn State ...

Huskies coach calls performance ‘miserable’

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Washington got off to a rough start and was never able to fully recover Saturday against a faster, more physical Penn State team that outclassed the Huskies on both sides of the ball. “Flat out miserable,” coach Chris Petersen bluntly said after the game. “But it is ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

Lions rebound after upset loss

UNIVERSITY PARK — Pat Chambers wasn’t going to let himself or his players be deceived by Coppin State’s winless record. Penn State’s coach had seen the Eagles keep within striking distance for much of their game against UConn and watched as they pushed Georgia Tech for 30 minutes more ...

Penn State-Washington scoring summary

Scoring summary FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Washington 0: The Lions took the opening kickoff and went 83 yards in eight plays for a TD. They converted a key third-and-10 from their own 17 when Trace McSorley hit Saquon Barkley on a shallow cross for 12 yards. On third-and-8 from the ...

PSU needs pressure on QB

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Five things to look for as Penn State faces Washington in what should be a fun Fiesta Bowl in the desert. No. 1: Pressure QB Both of these teams do a lot of things very well, but one clear issue for Penn State is that it often struggles putting pressure on the ...

Petersen’s deeds outweigh his words

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Friday morning’s final pre-Fiesta Bowl press conference with the head coaches provided at least a slight glimpse into their personalities. While both offered mutual respect of the other’s program, it was easy to see that Washington’s Chris Petersen was content to ...

Givens, Simpson improving

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Blair County products Kevin Givens and Zach Simpson both made strong progress this season for Penn State, and their position coaches rave about their versatility and what they bring to the team. Givens is the only player to play every position on the defensive line this ...

Early enrollees can reap benefits

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Senior year! Hanging out with all your high school friends. Easier class load. Going to prom. Lifetime of memories — especially for star football players, who often rule the school their senior year. Why would a football player give all that up to go to college ...

Reid helping team despite not playing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If he absolutely had to, cornerback John Reid probably could play in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl. He won’t play, of course, but that’s how much progress Reid has made since suffering a knee injury in spring ball that wound up costing him the entire season. “I feel ...

AD has expectations

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Penn State men’s basketball team is 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, but it’s coming off a very disappointing loss to Rider, and Patrick Chambers’ team sits at 109 in the RPI rankings. This is year seven for Chambers at PSU, and he has yet to make an NCAA ...

Tackling the issues: LB Cabinda doesn’t shy from voicing his opinions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — This is not a story about Jason Cabinda the football player. Because to describe him merely as a Penn State linebacker getting set to play his final college game is extremely limited in scope and barely scratches the surface of who he is as a person. Here’s who Jason ...

Pressure on QB vital for PSU defense

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The biggest challenge for Penn State in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl against Washington could be getting pressure on Huskies quarterback Jake Browning and not letting him have time to pick apart the defense. In the Nittany Lions’ two losses this season, Ohio State’s J.T. ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU women at Michigan Tipoff: 6 p.m. Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. Records: Penn State (9-4), Michigan (11-2) Coaches: Coquese Washington is 190-139 in her 10th season at Penn State and overall. Kim Barnes Arico is 122-65 in her sixth season at Michigan and 392-271 overall. Radio: ...

Barkley gets tips for Huskies game plan

Saquon Barkley and the Penn State offense will face quite a challenge against Washington’s top-ranked run defense, but Barkley was able to get a bit of a scouting report from another one of the nation’s elite running backs. “I talked to (Stanford’s) Bryce Love out in Atlanta and see ...