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Backup QB Stevens shines UNIVERSITY PARK — Versatile backup quarterback Tommy Stevens made plays in a couple of categories Saturday night. Stevens first appeared on the stat-sheet with a ten-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Trace McSorley to cap an opening eight play, 63-yard drive and ...

Nebraska stunned at home by Huskies

The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Jordan Huff scored the winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and Northern Illinois made two big defensive stops to finish a 21-17 upset of Nebraska on Saturday. The Huskies (2-1) became the first non-Power Five conference member or major ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 24 Florida 26, No. 23 Tennessee 20 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as the clock expired, and No. 24 Florida beat 23rd-ranked Tennessee in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game Saturday. Franks scrambled away from the ...

Penn State ­needs quick start

Five things to look for as Penn State plays its least interesting game since hosting woeful Indiana State to open the 2011 season. No. 1: Don’t take lightly Honestly, you’re taking this game lightly. Me too. Everyone is. That’s what happens when a powerhouse team plays a small ...

More sportsmanship would benefit game

UNIVERSITY PARK — At the risk of sounding like the grumpy old man — I’m really neither, at least not most days — there was a general lack of sportsmanship on display last weekend, and it was bothersome. Respect for the opposition has been lacking for many years, and it’s getting ...

PSU’s Gillikin has bigger goals than just punting

UNIVERSITY PARK — Punting and surgery share a few things in common. Both require great precision and set up the patient or defense for future success. The surgeon and punter must seek perfection in their craft, fine-tuning every small detail. For Penn State sophomore Blake Gillikin, he’s ...

Scheduling more of an art form

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — In an era when only four teams make the playoffs, who and when a team plays a school is vital to building a strong reputation with the selection committee tasked with determining which teams will take those coveted spots. Scheduling has ...

Coach wants to see his O-linemen to get ‘nasty’

Start looking ahead Penn State will open the 2021 season on the road at Wisconsin, which was the most intriguing aspect of some Nittany Lions future schedules released Tuesday. Here are the schedules for 2020 and 2021: 2020 schedule: Sept. 12—at Virginia Tech; Sept. 26—Northwestern; ...

Television spots announced for Nittany Lions men’s basketball

UNIVERSITY PARK — For the 11th straight year, every Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament game will be nationally broadcast and will appear on one of the networks of the league’s four media partners: the Big Ten Network (BTN), CBS Sports, ESPN and FOX Sports. Sixteen of Penn ...

Yes, Franklin got dig in at Pitt, but so what?

I usually spend this Monday column looking ahead to Penn State’s next opponent or weekly story lines, but despite what James Franklin says, no one in the world considers playing Georgia State like the Super Bowl. So, let’s take one last look back at that doozy of a comment Franklin tossed ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 33-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback C McSorley went 15-28 for 164 yards, three TDs and one pick and didn’t have his best game. Missed several open targets high. ...

Nittany Lions beat rival Pitt, unlike last season

UNIVERSITY PARK — Trace McSorley is one of the most candid Penn State players, someone who’s not afraid to break from the “every game is our Super Bowl” company line and actually try to explain what really happened. It was pretty clear to see what happened to McSorley and the usually ...

PSU leaves itself wanting more

UNIVERSITY PARK — Trailing 33-14 at its own 25 with 3:34 remaining and down to one timeout left, Pitt seemed to raise the white flag Saturday by running the football on first down. James Franklin, at that point, had other ideas: He immediately decided to call timeout. So if you left here ...

Pitt-PSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 33-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Trace McSorley took advantage of a good matchup and hit Saquon Barkley, who beat Pitt ...

Pitt-Penn State notes

Haley keeps making plays UNIVERSITY PARK — Cornerback Grant Haley will always have a special place in Penn State football history for his return of a blocked field goal to beat Ohio State last season, but the senior from Atlanta often has been a man on the spot in his time with the Nittany ...

Red-zone blues come back to haunt Pitt

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Execution: the carrying out or putting into effect of a plan, order, or course of action. Despite topping Penn State in nearly every offensive statistical category Saturday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Panthers failed to execute where it ...

‘Akron’ comment adds heat to Pitt-Penn State rivalry

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — As he finished wrapping up his opening statement after Saturday’s 33-14 win over Pitt, Penn State football coach James Franklin said something that drew gasps from the recruiting lounge and raised eyebrows among the assembled ...

Only carelessness will keep Penn State from racking up points

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to avenge last year’s loss and beat Pitt for the first time since 1999. No. 1: Protect ball Pitt’s defense cannot stop Penn State’s offense consistently for four quarters. That’s all there is to it. The Nittany Lions are going to score, ...

History makes Pitt games special to Blackledge

Penn State vs. Pitt means many things to many people. But, current players aside, it’s doubtful the game means more to anyone than it does to Todd Blackledge. Blackledge’s legend with the Nittany Lions was solidified with his 47-yard touchdown pass to Gregg Garrity in the 1983 Sugar ...

Only carelessness will keep Penn State from racking up points

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to avenge last year’s loss and beat Pitt for the first time since 1999. No. 1: Protect ball Pitt’s defense cannot stop Penn State’s offense consistently for four quarters. That’s all there is to it. The Nittany Lions are going to score, ...