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Hoenstine making progress with Lions

Penn State true freshman Alex Hoenstine, an invited walk-on from Central High School, is making an positive impression on the scout team. Receivers coach Josh Gattis said Hoenstine, who is redshirting, is adjusting to the nuances and level of competition at receiver. DaeSean Hamilton, ...

Lions need help to get to final 4

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State faces long odds of making the four-team College Football Playoff after coming in at No. 7 in the initial rankings released Tuesday night. The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 2 in the AP and coaches polls and had a clear path to the playoff ...

No reason to panic after loss

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan State (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, Noon, Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich. TV: FOX About the Spartans: They had won four in a row, including 14-10 at Michigan, until dropping a 39-31 game at ...

Michigan State must cut back on turnovers

By Noah Trister The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio shook his head slightly when asked about his team’s fumbling — one of the few significant disappointments in an encouraging season in East Lansing. “I don’t have an answer for you. I ...

Harbaugh leaning towards new quarterback

The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Quarterback Brandon Peters flourished in his first extended chance to play for Michigan. It might have earned him another chance to show what he can do. Coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday said he was not naming a starter for this weekend’s game against ...

PSU-OSU highlights, lowlights

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 39-38 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium: Play of the game: Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hit Marcus Baugh for a 16-yard touchdown with 1:48 remaining, which set the final score. Offensive ...

Penn State-Ohio State notebook

Injuries take toll on Lions COLUMBUS, Ohio — Penn State suffered what looked like a major injury right off the bat Saturday when defensive end Ryan Buchholz went down with what appeared to be a left knee injury. He was carted off the field. In the third quarter, the Nittany Lions lost ...

Penn State hopes to buck the trends

Five things to look for as No. 2 Penn State plays at No. 6 Ohio State in the game of the year in the Big Ten and one of the most important national games of the season in college football. No. 1: QB or not QB? Let me ask you this: Do you think J.T. Barrett is a good passing ...

The master plan: Franklin’s vision for PSU comes true

UNIVERSITY PARK — Every aspiring head coach in college football seemingly has a master plan, copious notes and ideas about how to run a program gathered over years as an assistant. Maybe it is written in a notebook or scratched out on legal pads. Could be printed out and stacked in a file ...

Ohio State’s tempo a concern for PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — When Saturday’s game kicks off in the Horseshoe, Penn State’s defense will be facing a challenge unlike anything it has seen this season. The Nittany Lions have the nation’s top scoring defense (9.6 points allowed per game) but will be tasked with slowing the ...

Lions get QB commit

A quarterback just north of 6-feet tall who is nimble on his feet and throws a really good slant or deep fade — sounds a lot like Trace McSorley, doesn’t it? Yes, but it also would be an ideal description of New Jersey junior Taquon Roberson, who announced on Thursday that he was going to ...

PSU Q&A: D-line coach Sean Spencer

Sean Spencer answered questions on a number of topics Thursday, including Altoona product Kevin Givens. Q: What does Givens bring to the table? A: “(He) gives us a changeup guy where you can go, from having, nothing wrong with our ends at 255-260 (pounds), but you play at 285-pound end ...

An effective McSorley could decide outcome

Five things to look for as Penn State hosts Michigan in what should be a tremendous whiteout atmosphere at Beaver Stadium. No. 1: Trace’s test Saquon Barkley gets most of the hype, but winning this type of game against a great defense could come down to whether quarterback Trace McSorley ...

Matchup triggers high-stakes game, stretch

It doesn’t get much better than this. Penn State, 6-0 and having climbed to No. 2 for the first time in almost 20 years, taking on Michigan on the grandest of whiteout stages at Beaver Stadium before a national TV audience, boldly underscores how far the Nittany Lion program has come back ...

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 ...