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PSU’s running game should sparkle again

Five things to look for as Penn State looks for one last chance to stick it to Illinois coach Tim Beckman before he (likely) gets fired after the season.No. 1: Run, Lions, runThe Illini have one of the worst run defenses in the country, allowing 267 yards per game, and this is the type of team ...

Lions win at the buzzer

CHARLESTON, S.C. - D.J. Newbill had 26 points including the driving layup as the buzzer sounded to lift Penn State to a 72-71 victory over Cornell at the Charleston Classic on Friday night.The Big Red (2-3) were up 71-70 with four seconds left but threw the inbounds pass into the backcourt to ...

Illini series produces (few) moments

Some nitpicking as the curtain begins to fall on another regular season:When Penn State joined the Big Ten 21 years ago, it didn't do so with the idea that the Nittany Nation would forge a memorable rivalry with Illinois.And yet, there have been a few games or at least moments that have stood ...

McIntosh pin keys Lions’ victory

PITTSBURGH - Penn State 197-pounder Morgan McIntosh is a short, powerful brute, and he proved that against Pittsburgh's Nick Bonaccorsi.McIntosh hooked up two bow-and-arrow moves from the top position, scoring twice on it. In fact the second time he used it he got the fall in 4:05. It's a move ...

PSU struggles in all phases of 16-14 loss at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Penn State suffered major breakdowns on offense, defense and special teams, and the litany mistakes cost the Nittany Lions as they lost to Illinois, 16-14, on Saturday.Penn State (6-5) will close its regular season next week at home against Michigan State. The Lions already ...

Nittany Lions go to double overtime in Classic loss

The Associated PressCHARLESTON, S.C. - Charlotte coach Alan Major didn't know what to say after his team's latest tournament win."I'm kind of at a loss for words," Major said.That was understandable after watching his team blow a 17-point in the final 12 minutes of regulation, seeing three ...

Franklin trying to keep focus on Illinois

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin took a few extra moments after Wednesday's practice to address his seniors.He wasn't discussing leadership or even football, but rather what movie the team will see during Penn State's Thanksgiving break.Although the team likely looks forward to seeing the ...

Lions’ Keiser back with team

UNIVERSITY?PARK?-?After going to the hospital before Penn State took on Ohio State, senior safety Ryan Keiser has officially rejoined his team in State College.Although he has not returned to practice, the senior safety has attended team meetings."Having him back is really good," coach James ...

Safety Keiser leaves hospital

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conferenceOpponent: Illinois (4-6, 1-5)Kickoff: Saturday noon, Memorial StadiumTV: ESPN2About the Illini: They're having another rough season, and it likely will be the last for coach Tim Beckman, who is 10-24 in three years; their defense has been ...

Four-star DT decommits

For the second day in a row, James Franklin's 2015 recruiting class has sustained a major blow.Adam McLean, the consensus four-star defensive tackle from Maryland who was a driving force in Penn State football recruiting since announcing his intentions to become a Nittany Lion several months ...

Franklin OK with Illini’s Beckman

Illinois coach Tim Beckman's name pretty much has been mud in the Nittany Nation ever since he tried to poach Penn State players after the sanctions came down in 2012.It infuriated former PSU coach Bill O'Brien that a fellow conference member would do that, and there were even reports that ...

Nittany Lions capture titles at open tourney

UNIVERSITY PARK - Three members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team claimed titles at the 2014 ESU Open, concluded late Sunday evening at East Stroudsburg University.Redshirt freshman Garett Hammond and true freshmen Nick Nevills and Jason Nolf all took first place at the event. ...

OL picks Buckeyes over Nittany Lions

Penn State has been faring well against Ohio State in recruiting circles under James Franklin, but the Nittany Lions lost a big one to the Buckeyes on Monday evening.Matthew Burrell, the highly-rated offensive lineman from Virginia, announced he intended to sign with Ohio State via social ...

Runners sharp, QB not

Looking back on Saturday and ahead to this week and beyond for the Penn State football team.Looking backn 5 things to like1. Committing to the run: James Franklin has talked about doing it all season, and Saturday the coach finally followed through.The Nittany Lions ran for a season-high 254 ...

Nittany Lions ride defense, physicality to blowout

UNIVERSITY PARK - The highlight play of Penn State's 73-54 win over Fordham at the Jordan Center Sunday was a breakaway where guard D.J. Newbill soared high in the air before throwing down a one-handed dunk."The crowd went crazy, the team was pumped up," Newbill said. "It was kind of getting ...

Albany beats PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Penn State Lady Lions dropped a tightly played 54-53 contest to the Albany Great Danes on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center in the second round of the Preseason WNIT.With the loss, Penn State will no longer play the game slated for Thursday, but will now ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel's report card from Penn State's 30-13 win over Temple on Saturday at Beaver Stadium:POSITION GRADE COMMENTQuarterback DHack's regression continues - 4.3 yards per attempt, 12-of-26 for just 112 yards (matching career low), no TDs, two picks. First int. was wrong ...

Penn State-Temple notebook

Dieffenbach, Smith help O-lineUNIVERSITY PARK - A big reason for the success of Penn State's running game Saturday was the return of left tackle Donovan Smith and extended playing time for guard Miles Dieffenbach.Smith was injured against Ohio State on Oct. 25 - believed to be a concussion - ...

PSU-Temple highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 30-13 victory over Temple on Saturday at Beaver Stadium:Play of the game: Freshman safety Grant Haley returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown that extended Penn State's lead to 27-13 with 13:57 remaining ...

Nittany Lions thankful to be bowl-eligible

UNIVERSITY PARK - Extra practice isn't exactly the most enjoyable part of being an athlete.Akeel Lynch, though, was smiling ear to ear when he was presented with the fact that he and his Penn State Nittany Lion teammates were going to be spending an extra few weeks in December together working ...