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Lady Lions use defense in final frame to record Big Ten win

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to capture a 71-64 win over Wisconsin Thursday night in Big Ten action at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions held a two-point ...

Altoona grad Givens leaving for NFL

In a very surprising and somewhat risky career move, Penn State defensive tackle Kevin Givens has decided to give up his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft a year early. The Altoona Area High School product made the announcement on social media Wednesday night, the ...

Three more PSU players declare for NFL draft

A slew of Penn State moves occurred Wednesday, the day after the Nittany Lions ended their season with a loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. Junior offensive linemen Ryan Bates and Connor McGovern announced they were forgoing their final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL draft, as ...

PSU report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 27-24 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday at the Citrus Bowl: Quarterback, B: With McSorley this year and for sure vs. Ky., it’s performance vs. grit. Grit A+. Performance C-. Playing w broken foot speaks to heart. Off early (3-9 in 1Q). ...

Nittany Lions rally,­ but fall short to Wildcats

ORLANDO, Fla. — Penn State had a chance at the end to win the Citrus Bowl, incredibly enough, despite spending most of the afternoon shooting itself in the foot. All hope appeared to be lost when news surfaced that quarterback Trace McSorley had suffered a broken foot and was done for the ...

Near-comeback caps McSorley’s career

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trace McSorley’s career ended like it began — in a Florida bowl game, against an SEC opponent, attempting to rally the Nittany Lions from a three-score deficit. In the end, as Penn State lost to Georgia 24-17 three years ago in the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Lions could not ...

Citrus Bowl notebook

Embarrassing day for special teams ORLANDO, Fla. — There was nothing special about Penn State’s kicking game Tuesday, as the team ended a tough season with an embarrassing showing in the 27-24 loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. Penn State failed to convert a fake punt in its own ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

ORLANDO, Fla. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 27-24 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium: Play of the game: Lynn Bowden Jr.’s 58-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Wildcats a 10-0 lead with 45 seconds left in the ...

Linebacker Allen, Wildcats state their case

ORLANDO, Fla. — While some future NFL players sit out the bowl season in hopes of preserving their draft stock, Kentucky’s Josh Allen may have enhanced his. At least he thinks so. The Wildcats’ edge-rush extraordinaire who is expected to be among the highest picks in April’s draft ...

Citrus Bowl scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Kentucky 3, Penn State 0: The Lions had fourth-and-2 from their 33 on the game’s opening possession and tried a fake punt. The direct snap went to Johnathan Thomas, who was stuffed for no gain. Kentucky took over at the PSU 33, and Benny Snell ran for 16 yards on the first ...

Lady Lions start 0-2 in Big Ten Conference play

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Penn State women’s basketball team dropped a 83-75 road battle at Indiana late Monday night in Big Ten action at Assembly Hall. Penn State, which started the season at 5-1, dropped to 7-6 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers held a one-point ...

Lions, ’Cats will be ready

ORLANDO, Fla. — Five things to look for as Penn State and Kentucky battle in the Citrus Bowl, with both teams looking to end the season with 10 victories. No. 1: Who wants it? It’s amazing watching so many of these bowl games and seeing how easy it is to tell which teams don’t really ...

PSU extends Barbour’s contract

ORLANDO, Fla. — Sandy Barbour has reached an agreement on a contract extension at Penn State, and the athletic director said the school will be her “last stop” as a college administrator. “Where would I want to go that’s a better opportunity, that’s a better fit for me than Penn ...

Barbour extension a good thing

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s been a relatively quiet lead-up to today’s Citrus Bowl, so it was a perfect time for Penn State to spring some off-the-field news. Sandy Barbour, PSU’s athletic director for the past five years, confirmed Monday morning that she will soon sign a new contract, ...

Credit Kentucky’s Allen for team-first decision

ORLANDO — There are too many reminders that, more so than ever, college football is really professional football. The bowl season underscores that. James Franklin said the NCAA rule, passed in 2012, that allows agents to speak with players from the time they’re freshmen is a ...

PSU’s future at quarterback up in air after McSorley

ORLANDO — I’m giving this away a day ahead of time, but we have a terrific cartoon from the uber-talented Bill Bettwy in our Penn State Gameday magazine tomorrow, featuring the Nittany Lion on the ground grabbing Trace McSorley’s leg trying to hold onto him as the senior quarterback waves ...

PSU pounds UMBC

UNIVERSITY PARK — Every time Rasir Bolton gets the ball in his hands, a familiar voice echoes in his head. “It’s my Pops,” Bolton said. “Since I was seven, he would just tell me, ‘Shooting is like breathing. Breath in, breath out, bring the ball up, breath in, shoot it, breath ...

Lions TE having big year

ORLANDO — Penn State has been blessed with some terrific tight ends in recent years in Mike Gesicki and Jesse James, but there were major question marks entering this season about who would be next in line. Not only do those questions no longer exist, the answer is way better than anyone ...

Maryland tops PSU in opener

UNIVERSITY PARK — Maryland can win plenty of ways, with newcomers sinking baskets or with veterans steadying the course after rough starts. The No. 4 Terrapins leaned on the latter group to beat Penn State 77-61 on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Kaila Charles scored 16 ...

PSU DB capping career

No matter where Penn State has traveled the past few years, there’s always been one constant when it comes to opposing teams’ broadcasters, stadium PA folks and press box announcers. They always butcher Amani Oruwariye’s name. There’s no doubt, it is a tough name to pronounce — ...