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Equal footing

The NCAA admitted it was wrong Monday and finally stopped punishing the innocent.The innocent, in this case, being current and future Penn State football players who had absolutely nothing to do with sicko Jerry Sandusky or any aspect of the child sex-abuse scandal that rocked the school nearly ...

Future suddenly looks good for PSU

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.Looking backn Five things to like:1. For all of its problems over the past two years, Penn State has a great opportunity to be extremely successful in the Big Ten in just a year or two.Why?Because the ...

Big Ten in recovery mode after weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was talking about his team being shut out for the first time in 30 years.He might as well have been referring to the whole sorry state of Big Ten football."Well, yes, it's embarrassing," he said after his Wolverines' dreadful 31-0 beatdown to ...

Penn State-Akron notebook

Wildcat leads to big passing playUNIVERSITY PARK - A poor running game hurts an offense in many ways, but if Penn State can find some way to run the ball effectively, it has plenty of offensive weapons at other positions who can hurt opposing defenses.The fourth quarter of Saturday's win over ...

PSU-Akron highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 21-3 victory over Akron on Saturday at Beaver Stadium:Play of the game: On fourth-and-1 from the Penn State 38, and the Lions up 14-3 with 9 minutes left, Akron tailback Conor Hundley was dumped for a 2-yard loss by ...

PSU-Akron scoring summary

FIRST QUARTERPenn State 7, Akron 0: The Zips drove the field and had first-and-goal at the 7 on their opening drive, but PSU's defense held, and Tom O'Leary missed a 31-yard field goal. On the Lions' second possession, they took over at their 42 and needed only four plays to reach the end zone. ...

Lions’ ground attack still struggling

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State's running game continues to be a major work in progress through two weeks.The Lions rushed for 106 yards on 31 carries Saturday against Akron, but those numbers are heavily skewed by four carries that resulted in 64 yards. The other 27 carries produced only 42 ...

Spartans defense can’t stop Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. - Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair to speedy redshirt freshman Devon Allen, and the No. 3 Oregon Ducks' blur offense prevailed over No. 7 Michigan State's stout defense 46-27 on Saturday night.Mariota's three touchdown passes in what was ...

Undefeated 1994 Lions still have fond memories

UNIVERSITY PARK - After explaining his philosophical approach to being denied college football's national championship in his senior year, Kerry Collins was asked how long it took for him to come to accept the snub.Collins was quick to make his mindset clear."I don't know if I'm OK with it," ...

Blitz becoming staple of PSU ‘D’

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State has long been known for its defense, but it hasn't necessarily gotten its reputation by being overly aggressive.The Nittany Lions' philosophy used to be to keep everything in front of them, read and react, and use the blitz as a change-of-pace surprise.Under new ...

Lions overcome offensive issues in beating Mid-American foe

UNIVERSITY PARK - Christian Hackenberg had good reason to be frustrated, since very little was working for the Penn State offense in the first half Saturday.Once again, the running game was getting shut down, meaning Hackenberg had to do everything himself. And the quarterback wasn't doing that ...

Good to be playing at home

Five things to look for in Penn State's home opener as James Franklin coaches his first game at Beaver Stadium against Akron.No. 1: Running gameThe only downside to last week's opening victory against Central Florida is that the running game fizzled and it took 47 passes to win. The offensive ...

Get used to it: Change comes with change

As today's game marks the home debut of James Franklin, Joe Paterno's second successor in three seasons, the thoughts turn back a few years - 29 to be exact.Never mind that I was 29 then (we all were). The year was 1985, and a preseason magazine devoted to Penn State football was in its third ...

Franklin ready for Lions’ home opener

UNIVERSITY PARK - The final adjustment has been made as Penn State has returned to that classically humid State College weather.After a cooler camp and the forgiving temperatures in Ireland, the Nittany Lions practiced in 80-degree weather Wednesday, all in preparation for another first this ...

Penn State to play Army

UNIVERSITY PARK -Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced Wednesday that Army will visit Beaver Stadium on October 3, 2015. The Nittany Lions and the Black Knights will square off for the first time since 1979 and the 26th time overall.The addition of the Army game completes ...

QBs get to have more fun

Kerry Collins, widely considered the best quarterback in Penn State history, had four 300-yard passing games in his college career.Christian Hackenberg already has five - in only 13 games - and is coming off a school-record performance of 454 yards.It's not an apples to apples comparison with ...

Franklin seeking success in red zone

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conference:Opponent: AkronKickoff: Noon, Beaver StadiumRecords: Both teams are 1-0.TV: ABCAbout the Zips: After winning its last three games of 2013 to finish 5-7, Akron blew out Howard, 41-0, in last week's opener. Returning QB Kyle Pohl enters ...

Franklin’s focus back in the USA

UNIVERSITY?PARK - Working his way through Europe with international play, or possibly a trip to Nigeria to visit his wife's family are all on Penn State coach James Franklin's mind. Or maybe not.After months of hype, Penn State has finally moved past the Croke Park Classic and is ready to focus ...

Bowden rebuilding Akron Zips

Penn State faces a coach with a famous last name this week in Terry Bowden, who is in his third year of trying to rebuild the Akron program.Bowden, son of legendary former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, took over at Akron in 2012 and went just 1-11. He made big strides a year ago, leading ...

Plenty to like about first PSU game

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.n Five things to like:1. Christian Hackenberg put up gaudy numbers, passing for a school-record 454 yards while completing 32-of-47 passes (more on those total attempts later). It's not just the numbers, ...