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Spartans hold off CMU

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State played well for about 30 minutes, and that was more than enough. The final score was closer than it could have been, though. “It’s just disappointing for me. It’s something that we are very aware,” quarterback Brian ...

Lions must contain OSU on ground

Five things to look for as No. 9 Penn State hosts No. 4 Ohio State in the game of the year in the Big Ten. No. 1: Stop the run Yes, Ohio State has a good passing quarterback in Dwayne Haskins, who possibly could pick apart Penn State’s defense. But consider: What’s more likely: The ...

Tonight will show if Lions ‘grew up’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Since Penn State joined the Big Ten, much has been made about the Nittany Lions lacking a true annual rival. As they call themselves, “Unrivaled.” And while we can split hairs, and have, over whether games with Pitt – PSU’s oldest rival – should be added at ...

Lions counting on Johnson to shine

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Juwan Johnson has a chance to be an outstanding receiver for Penn State, and he likely will need to come up big for the team to beat Ohio State on Saturday. So far this season, however, Johnson has had some issues getting open and holding onto the ...

O-line poised for challenge

It’s no surprise that Penn State’s young defense, especially its front seven, has at times struggled. In the words of the late Dennis Green, “They are what we thought they were.” So after seeing its pass defense torched against App State and is run defense roadgraded for alaming ...

Lions’ lineman is arrested

aPenn State freshman offensive lineman Rasheed Walker recently was arrested for stealing a bicycle on campus and faces misdemeanor charges of taking and receiving stolen property. Walker, 18, reportedly stole the $150 bicycle on Sept. 11. The police report indicated he did so because he ...

Saturday’s matchup could come down to kicking

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com As both potent offenses presumably march up and down the field in what could be a shootout Saturday night, it can be easy to lose sight of how such a game could come down to a field goal. That actually has been the case for each of Ohio State’s ...

Coach wants historic atmosphere for game

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: No. 4 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ESPN About the Buckeyes: Coach Urban Meyer returned from his three-game suspension last week, and they crushed Tulane, 49-6. … Rank ...

Not a typical Buckeye QB: Haskins major threat as pure pocket passer

Nearly one year ago, Dwayne Haskins was a redshirt freshman backing up J.T. Barrett, waiting his turn and gaining valuable experience behind Ohio State’s field general. Haskins was inserted into a handful of games during the 2017 season, but every appearance came during garbage time and ...

DE Bosa out for Ohio St.

Ohio State will be without its best defensive player against Penn State as defensive end Nick Bosa will miss Saturday’s game at Beaver Stadium. Bosa has been out with a core muscle injury and underwent surgery last week. His parents told media outlets on Monday that Bosa won’t be ...

Lions, Buckeyes set for potential shootout

Remember that great Penn State victory at Ohio State in 2008? The Mark Rubin game, when he stripped the ball from Terrelle Pryor late and the Nittany Lions earned a phenomenal win that led to a Big Ten title. The final score was 13-6. LOL. Penn State comes into this year’s showdown at ...

Sanders finally takes center stage

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Miles Sanders put on a show with 200 yards rushing for Penn State on Friday night at Illinois, but how he got those yards was just as important as the gaudy total. “I’ve been waiting for this for two years,” Sanders, now the star tailback with Saquon Barkley gone, ...

PSU-Illinois highlights-lowlights

Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night at Memorial Stadium: Play of the game: With Penn State up 35-24, Jan Johnson’s interception off an Illinois bobble gave the Nittany Lions possession at the Illini 21 with 14:18 ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night at Memorial Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback A No. 9 (12-19-160) just exudes toughness, adding career-high 92 rush yards. He’s ...

Once again, PSU rallies in second half

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Penn State shockingly found itself trailing huge-underdog Illinois early in the third quarter Friday night, leading to much frustration in the Nittany Nation. But this script has played out before over the past couple of years. ...

With OSU next, real Lions must stand up

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Bring on Ohio State. Game of the year. Do you think Penn State is ready? The answer is a resounding no — if it’s the Nittany Lion team that looked uninspired and got run over defensively by woeful Illinois for the first two quarters and five minutes of the third ...

PSU-Illinois notebook

Friday night deal: Year two of six CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Big Ten introduced Friday night football games last season, and Penn State had to take its first turn in the rotation with the trip to Illinois. It’s unclear when the Nittany Lions will have to play on a Friday again. Big Ten ...

Friday night game shouldn’t affect Lions too much

Five things to look for as Penn State travels to Illinois for a rare Friday game, the Nittany Lions’ first since 1982 versus Pitt. No. 1: Friday night lights It’s different and should be kind of cool, but neither of these teams is used to playing on Friday, so there may be some issues ...

Big Ten doesn’t need to use Friday nights

I’m not such a dinosaur that I think college football should kick off all of its games at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and TV can adjust accordingly, that if ABC and ESPN doesn’t select your game, an independent syndicator can pass it along to a regional audience. Like TCS or Raycom or ...

Franklin appreciating his role as black coach

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There are only 13 black head coaches among the 130 FBS teams this season, and two of them will be on opposing sidelines Friday night when James Franklin and Penn State visit Lovie Smith and Illinois. It will mark one of just a handful of games all ...