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Franklin gives Mountain Lion grad some love

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com It’s tough for a defensive tackle to compile gaudy statistics, simply because of the nature of the position, so it’s often difficult to analyze the overall performance of those big space eaters in the middle of the line. Our eyes are trained to ...

PSU hoping Badgers are cure-all

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to bounce back from last week’s 42-7 drubbing at Michigan against a Wisconsin team that’s very capable of pulling off the upset. No. 1: To QB or not QB By all accounts, Trace McSorley is expected to start at quarterback for Penn State. But ...

Legendary Triplett remembered for historic contributions

The Associated Press DETROIT — Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92. The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s death Thursday. Triplett was the third African-American selected in ...

Franklin sees value in knowledge

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Football is not the be all, end all in life, and James Franklin made it clear Tuesday afternoon that he wants to make sure his players have a well-rounded understanding of what’s going on in the world. Around that same time, 600 miles away, South ...

Nittany Lions need someone to start making plays

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Badgers: They’ve been a disappointment at 6-3, losing to BYU, Michigan and Northwestern. … Veteran QB Alex Hornibrook is ...

Giger: PSU has some big problems that will be hard to solve

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan, 42-7. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, including at home to Ohio State and Michigan State. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley ...

PSU left stunned by blowout loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The annihilation in Ann Arbor, take two, came as a shock to this Penn State football team — and to just about everyone else. It was stunning to watch a PSU offense that’s been so prolific for the past two years be so awful against No. 5 Michigan before 111,747 fans ...

Game in 2016 was turning point for Penn State

It’s hard to believe it’s been only two years, given everything that’s happened in the meantime, but pretty much everything was different the last time Penn State visited Michigan. You remember that game, right? Unless you’ve simply chosen to erase it from your memory ...

Freshman linebacker Parsons wants to do it all at Penn State

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, 3:45 p.m., Michigan Stadium TV: ESPN About the Wolverines: They are No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday night, making them the ...

‘They thought we were Penn’: 1967-69 teams laid PSU cornerstone

The era that launched Joe Paterno and Penn State football to national prominence will be recognized at halftime today as the Nittany Lions of 1967-69 are staging a 50-year reunion. And make no mistake: The tradition of Beaver Stadium swelling to 107,000 started with these guys, who went ...

Teams to play physical battle in rain

Five things to look for as Penn State battles Iowa in what should be a tough, physical game in the rain. No. 1: Let’s get physical Iowa is going to punch Penn State in the mouth. That’s a given. The Hawkeyes are always tough, even when they’re not overly talented, and they force you ...

Franklin: McSorley could use some help

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com No matter how things would have played out, there was always going to be a heavy reliance on Trace McSorley to carry Penn State’s offense this season. But perhaps no one could have expected just how much burden the quarterback would bear in doing ...

Hawkeyes represent major physical challenge for Nittany Lions

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Iowa (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ESPN About the Hawkeyes: Their lone loss was at Wisconsin (28-17), and they’ve won three in a row. … They won at Indiana two weeks ago, ...

Penn State-Indiana notebook

Mistakes cost Hoosiers shot at upset BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana did so many things well Saturday, moving the ball almost at will against Penn State’s defense and putting itself in position to score a whole bunch of points. But whether it was a bad holding penalty, or a bad fourth-down ...

PSU-Indiana highlights, lowlights

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 33-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium: Play of the game: On a Penn State punt with 12 minutes remaining, with the Nittany Lions up 26-21, Jonathan Sutherland forced a fumble by returner ...

PSU offense must rediscover swagger

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to break a two-game losing streak and regain some confidence at Indiana. No. 1: Score — early and often What in the world happened to the Nittany Lions’ high-powered offense? Over the past 2.5 years, we’ve become so accustomed to PSU ...

Giger: Rahne tries to keep things in perspective during struggles

A few weeks back, following a loss to Penn State, Pitt tight ends coach Tim Salem made news for saying he pretty much never leaves the office after losses and will sleep there for days on end. Which is nuts, to be honest with you. “When you lose a game, a little bit of you has died,” ...

PSU’s Watkins faces 4th legal issue

Penn State basketball player Mike Watkins has found himself in trouble with the law once again, this time facing a disorderly conduct charge from an altercation at a State College McDonald’s last month. Watkins skipped to the front of the line at the restaurant, according to a police ...

Backup Stevens has no regrets

At a glance Who: Penn State at Indiana When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. TV: ESPN or ABC Records: Nittany Lions (4-2); Hoosiers (4-3) The latest line: Penn State by 14. By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Tommy Stevens has been a non-factor for the Penn State offense this season, ...

Problems on offense include several factors, including wide receivers

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Indiana (4-3, 1-3) Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind. TV: ABC About the Hoosiers: They’ve lost two in a row and three of four, with lone win in stretch being 24-17 at lowly Rutgers. ...