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Officials’ bad calls deserve criticism

Blaming officials for a loss is almost never appropriate or correct, but let's be realistic about one thing: The refs hosed Penn State on Saturday, and the Nittany Lions very well might have beaten Ohio State if not for the bungling by the zebras."All that equals 10 points, right?" PSU coach ...

Nittany Lions rally but fall in second OT

UNIVERSITY PARK - As the comeback unfolded, the optimistic thought of, "Could this really happen?" had to start creeping into the minds of Penn State fans.It started with Anthony Zettel. The big fella snared an interception and rumbled to the end zone to start the second half to get PSU on the ...

Great effort could be Lions’ springboard

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State football was not built on moral victories.But with most forecasting the Nittany Lions' young and depleted squad to suffer a blowout by an Ohio State team that won by 50 points a year ago, Penn State far exceeded expectations before ultimately surrendering a 31-24 ...

Penn State highlights-lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Ohio State's 31-24 victory in double overtime over Penn State on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium:Play of the game: The penalty called against the Nittany Lions for leaping onto a teammate's back and trying to block Ohio State's ...

Penn State notebook

Zwinak injured on opening kickoffUNIVERSITY PARK - The sold-out crowd almost completely decked out in white was roaring for Saturday's primetime kickoff at Beaver Stadium, but the cheers were almost immediately quieted, however, when Zach Zwinak was seriously injured on the first play.Before ...

Questionable calls add to the drama of thrilling game

UNIVERSITY PARK - If Penn State football fans felt Big Ten officials had it in for them already, some of the calls in Saturday night's 31-24 overtime loss to Ohio State at Beaver Stadium did nothing to change their mind.In fact, it might have made them more convinced than ever. And Lion coach ...

Large number of recruits amid atmosphere

UNIVERSITY PARK - Before the kickoff of Penn State's nationally-televised, sold-out, White-Out Big Ten Conference football game on Saturday night, groups of top high school players posed with Nittany Lions coach James Franklin for photos at midfield.It's become a regular occurrence at Penn ...

Commentary: Defense might need to take cue from Conlan

Shane Conlan, on a very short list of the greatest Nittany Lions of all time, will be recognized during tonight's Penn State-Ohio State game for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.How fitting.Because logic would suggest the only way Penn State can keep the year's ...

Penn State’s chances hinge on offensive line improving

UNIVERSITY PARK - There are not five keys to tonight's game between Penn State and Ohio State. There's one key, and it makes all the difference.If Penn State's offensive line plays at least a decent game, the Nittany Lions should have a chance to stay reasonably close.If PSU's line plays as ...

PSU falls to Ohio State in 2 OT, 31-24

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit and tied in the closing seconds of regulation. Both teams scored a TD in the first overtime, but Ohio State found the end zone in the second OT and shut down the Lions to pick up a 31-24 win Saturday night at Beaver ...

Ohio State’s speed to test Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK - Brent Pry doesn't seem to be afraid of Ohio State.Penn State's co-defensive coordinator is well aware the Buckeyes' offense will be the toughest, most competitive his crew has seen all season.But, Pry's said the coaching staff's experience at Vanderbilt makes preparing for the ...

QB battle set up for weekend

While there might not be much comparison between Christian Hackenberg and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett in terms of NFL potential, there's also no comparison when it comes to the two quarterbacks' overall numbers this season.Hackenberg entered the year with a ton of notoriety, while Barrett was the ...

As of now, Franklin will have OC down on the field

UNIVERSITY PARK - John Donovan likely will be bundling up Saturday night as James Franklin told the media after Wednesday's practice that the offensive coordinator will return to the sideline.On Tuesday, Franklin said Donovan would return to his usual spot in the press box for the Ohio State ...

Coachspeak with James Franklin

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conferenceOpponent: Ohio StateKickoff: Saturday 8 p.m., Beaver StadiumTV: ABCAbout the Buckeyes: They're ranked 13th, with lone (shocking) loss coming to Virginia Tech in week two; have scored at least 50 points in four straight games for first ...

Franklin realizing expectations lofty

UNIVERSITY PARK - When he was at his previous institution, as James Franklin likes to call Vanderbilt, fans of that long-suffering program just wanted something - anything - to look forward to and were ecstatic to win nine games in back-to-back seasons.At Penn State, nine wins traditionally ...

Johnson harbors no ill will towards Lions

Twice he applied to be Penn State's head coach, and twice Larry Johnson was bypassed for the job.The first time it went to Bill O'Brien in 2012, the second time to James Franklin earlier this year.After all the defensive line specialist had accomplished in 18 years with the Nittany Lions - ...

O’Brien living his dream

PITTSBURGH - Nearly 10 years ago, when he was an assistant coach at New England under Bill Belichick, Bill O'Brien used to appreciate the respect his mentor showed for the game in general and the league's flagship franchises in particular.Tonight, in the center of the NFL universe - Monday ...

Defense, wideouts among bright spots for PSU

Penn State has gone 4-2 but easily could be 2-4 if not for last-minute comebacks against Central Florida and Rutgers.As the Nittany Lions come off their second bye in three weeks and look ahead to a daunting challenge against Ohio State, here's my midseason report card:Offensive lineLet's get ...

PSU must do 3 things rest of year

Did you see what Ohio State did to Rutgers on Saturday? A 56-17 shellacking, which means things are probably going to get worse for Penn State before they get better with the Buckeyes coming to town next week.Ohio State has scored at least 50 points in four straight games, while the Nittany ...

Shoop pleased with ‘D’

UNIVERSITY PARK - As the Nittany Lions get their final chance of rest this bye week, they're also at the midway point of their schedule.Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop gave a positive midseason evaluation of Penn State's defense on Thursday. A lot of the positivity starts with his defensive ...