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Ready to air it out: McSorley prepared for challenge ahead

UNIVERSITY PARK — The answer to the age-old question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object may finally be determined in Beaver Stadium Saturday when Saquon Barkley — the nation’s leader in all-purpose yards per game — runs full force into the Michigan ...

PSU vs. Michigan best of Big Ten this week

Some things to watch during Week 8 of Big Ten play, with 12 teams in action: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) at No. 2 Penn State (6-0, 3-0). Forget the playoffs. If Michigan wants to remain a factor in the East division race, it’ll almost certainly have to upset the ...

Coach ends A&M speculation

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan (5-1, 2-1) Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Wolverines: They’re No. 15 in coaches poll and No. 19 in AP poll. … Coach Jim Harbaugh is 2-0 against PSU. … QB John O’Korn ...

Nittany Lions move to No. 2 in poll after upsets

Penn State has climbed to No. 2 in The Associated Press College football poll behind unanimous No. 1 Alabama after a wild weekend of upsets gave the Top 25 a major makeover. A season-high seven ranked teams, including four in the top 10, lost to unranked teams on Friday and Saturday. ...

Purdue puts scare into Wisconsin

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Jonathan Taylor ran for 219 yards on 30 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown, and No. 7 Wisconsin relied on its stifling defense to overcome a three-turnover afternoon and beat Purdue 17-9 on Saturday. Alex Hornibrook was 13 of 18 for 199 yards and ...

Offseason fueled by teamwork

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Senior Shep Garner, who is entering his final season with Penn State, doesn’t recall having a closer team than this year’s unit. “We like spending time together,” Garner said. “That’s the difference between this team and ...

Report: A&M thinking Franklin

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported Thursday that Penn State officials are preparing for Texas A&M to pursue James Franklin should the Aggies fire current coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the ...

Franklin, staff hitting recruiting trail

UNIVERSITY PARK — With just the graduate assistants and non-travel players left to practice Thursday afternoon on campus, James Franklin and his coaching staff are busy traversing the country, hitting the recruiting trail hard. After Wednesday night’s non-travel player scrimmage, Franklin ...

Youngsters benefit from bye week

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — The bye week is more than just an extra seven days for players and coaches to have free-reign, doing as they please. Instead it is a crucial period allowing for fine-tuning of units and opportunities for young players to step up and gain ...

Rest will help Lions with their next 3 games

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror Penn State’s bye week could not have come at a better time, according to James Franklin. Halfway through a 12-game regular season and the Nittany Lions are right where they want to be. All of the goals set at the beginning of the year are still within ...

Penn State, Michigan going under the lights

UNIVERSITY PARK —The Penn State football team will host Michigan for the annual Penn State White Out game on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Penn State is currently ranked third in the country while the Wolverines are No. 17. In addition, the game will also be available on the ...

AP Top 25 shakeup: PSU to 3; Auburn in top 10

Penn State moved up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Washington State and Auburn jumped into the top 10 for the first time this season after six ranked teams lost this past weekend. Alabama and Clemson still hold the top spots. The top-ranked Crimson Tide received ...

PSU-Northwestern highs-lows

EVANSTON, Ill. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field: Play of the game: Penn State defensive end Shaka Toney, a redshirt freshman, drilled Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson in the first quarter, ...

PSU-Northwestern notebook

Patient Barkley gets Heisman help EVANSTON, Ill. — Saquon Barkley has been the Heisman Trophy frontrunner for several weeks, and there’s not a lot of strong competition so far this season. His leading challenger’s hopes took a big hit Saturday when Baker Mayfield and No. 3 Oklahoma were ...

PSU will need to establish run

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State plays what figures to be a tough road game against a Northwestern team that could pose some problems on both sides of the ball. No. 1: Ready to run The Nittany Lions have to start showing a consistent running ...

Improvement has been Franklin’s trademark

If there’s one word that underscores James Franklin’s work to this point in his Penn State football tenure, it’s improvement. And that’s not by accident. At Vanderbilt and now Penn State, Franklin has built an impressive track record of taking over and patiently tinkering with a ...

Play on field favors McSorley

I won’t say a bad word about Christian Hackenberg the man. He’s a good, intelligent, respectable person who was a terrific representative of Penn State, and I wish him nothing but the best in life. But Hackenberg is not a very good quarterback. He did some things well at Penn State but ...

Hack’s contributions immeasurable

In less than two years as a starter — just 19 games to be exact — Trace McSorley has established himself as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Penn State history. There’s no doubt he fits James Franklin’s offense better than Christian Hackenberg, and there’s little doubt that ...

Gillikin, Fessler families have split interest in Big Ten game

UNIVERSITY PARK — A contest between Penn State and Northwestern will not be the only rivalry renewed Saturday afternoon. A pair of sibling rivalries will take the forefront for two families as both Nittany Lions punter Blake Gillikin and reserve quarterback/holder Billy Fessler challenge ...