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Penn State axes helicopter use

Penn State said Tuesday that it has stopped using helicopters to make announcements outside the football stadium after a state police chopper flew so low over an unruly tailgating crowd that it sent tents and other items flying. A university police spokeswoman said it won’t resume having a ...

Rahne takes blame for 4th-down call

The Associated Press UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne took responsibility Monday for calling the failed fourth-and-5 running play on the Nittany Lions’ final drive against Ohio State, saying “ultimately I didn’t give our guys the best chance to ...

Franklin trying to move forward past Buckeyes

By Caleb Wilfinger For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Just four days removed from Penn State’s 27-26 loss to Ohio State, and the defeat is still an open wound for coach James Franklin. During his weekly appearance on the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Tuesday, Penn State’s head ...

PSU football recruiting

Brenton Strange Position: Tight end Recruiting class (size): 2019 (17 players) Hometown/School: Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg Height/Weight: 6-5/210 Stars: 4 (247); 4 (Rivals) Other top offers: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Maryland, North Carolina, ...

Franklin’s passion great, but somewhat misguided

The ending of Penn State’s crushing loss to No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night was embarrassingly bad, but that was only the beginning of the drama for coach James Franklin. The No. 9 Nittany Lions’ last-gasp hope in the 27-26 loss ended with a ridiculous fourth-down playcall that no ...

Penn State report card

The following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 27-26 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback A+ McSorley had one of best (big) games by PSU QB ever. 461 yards offense (school ...

PSU slips to No. 11

After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Notre Dame rose to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll. For the second straight week, there was major turnover at the bottom of the Top 25. No. 1 Alabama and Georgia mainted the top two spots in the media ranking ...

Ohio State gets big lift from WR Victor

UNIVERSITY PARK — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spotted signs in practice recently of a breakout moment coming for Binjimen Victor. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins agreed with Meyer, saying Victor makes plenty of eye-popping plays during the week. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day said the junior ...

Frustration shifts blame to Franklin

UNIVERSITY PARK — The road to the Big Ten championship and the College Football Playoff still runs through Columbus. Penn State found that out painfully Saturday night. And nobody felt the pain more than James Franklin, who was hoarse and animated afterward and challenged his program — ...

Lions’ shot for big victory dashed in final minutes

UNIVERSITY PARK — What a punch in the gut. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could — and probably should — have been. In the Big Ten’s game of the year, all night long, the Nittany Lions looked like the better team. They had ...

PSU-OSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 27-26 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Penn State was leading 13-0 with 2:44 remaining in the first half and the ball when Miles ...

PSU-Ohio State notebook

Taking on the adversity UNIVERSITY PARK— One of the oldest cliches in sports is how a team responds to consistent adversity. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes entered into Saturday’s contest with one of the nation’s most potent offenses, scoring an average of 55 points per game. Yet, ...

OSU-PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 3, Ohio State 0: Juwan Johnson made an incredible one-handed catch down the left sideline on PSU’s second series for a 31-yard gain down to the Ohio State 17. Johnson had dropped a third-down pass on the previous series but atoned for it. The Lions stalled at the ...

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 ...