Penn State news

Underdogs are making big strides

The Associated Press Purdue football is showing new signs of life on the field and on the airwaves, too. Jake Query, who co-hosts an afternoon radio show on Fox Sports 975 in Indianapolis, said the Boilermakers didn’t stimulate much, if any, audience participation the last couple years. ...

No reason to nitpick so far

We love to nitpick in sports. When all else fails, let’s just find something to complain about. But here’s a nifty little idea: Let’s not. Not when it comes to Penn State’s 3-0 start, during which the Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents, 141-14. The belief here is that ...

Smith balancing football and marriage

UNIVERSITY PARK — To excel and succeed at a premier football program like Penn State requires an uncanny devotion to the game, a marriage between player and sport. For Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith, he finds himself splitting time between two marriages. Away from the field, the ...

Youth served at Iowa

The Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa — For much of his tenure at Iowa, coach Kirk Ferentz largely avoided playing freshmen. He has changed his mind on newcomers — a shift that has helped revitalize Iowa’s offense. There are true and redshirt freshmen up and down the depth chart for ...

Lions face first road test

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has a big game this week at Iowa in the Big Ten opener, and James Franklin talked about the challenges Tuesday, but not until after he addressed what he termed “field goal-gate” from Saturday’s 56-0 win over Georgia ...

Franklin explains himself in ‘Field goal-gate’

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Iowa (3-0) Kickoff: Saturday 7:30 p.m., Kinnick Stadium TV: ABC About the Hawkeyes: They’re 3-0 with wins over Wyoming (24-3), at Iowa State (44-41) and North Texas (31-14). … Their top two running backs are ...

Eight home matches highlight schedule

Wrestling UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State wrestling team, winner of six of the last seven NCAA titles, released its 2017-2018 schedule Monday, highlighted by eight home duals this year, including one huge Big Ten matchup in the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State opens up its season at home ...

Giger: Let’s be honest in sports

This is always an interesting time of year for me because I’m finished covering the Curve and now focus pretty much solely on Penn State football for several months. I’m one of the few full-time baseball beat writers around who also covers a major college or pro football team on a daily ...

Nebraska stunned at home by Huskies

The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Jordan Huff scored the winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and Northern Illinois made two big defensive stops to finish a 21-17 upset of Nebraska on Saturday. The Huskies (2-1) became the first non-Power Five conference member or major ...

Top 25 roundup

No. 24 Florida 26, No. 23 Tennessee 20 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as the clock expired, and No. 24 Florida beat 23rd-ranked Tennessee in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game Saturday. Franks scrambled away from the ...

Penn State ­needs quick start

Five things to look for as Penn State plays its least interesting game since hosting woeful Indiana State to open the 2011 season. No. 1: Don’t take lightly Honestly, you’re taking this game lightly. Me too. Everyone is. That’s what happens when a powerhouse team plays a small ...

PSU’s Gillikin has bigger goals than just punting

UNIVERSITY PARK — Punting and surgery share a few things in common. Both require great precision and set up the patient or defense for future success. The surgeon and punter must seek perfection in their craft, fine-tuning every small detail. For Penn State sophomore Blake Gillikin, he’s ...

Scheduling more of an art form

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — In an era when only four teams make the playoffs, who and when a team plays a school is vital to building a strong reputation with the selection committee tasked with determining which teams will take those coveted spots. Scheduling has ...

Yes, Franklin got dig in at Pitt, but so what?

I usually spend this Monday column looking ahead to Penn State’s next opponent or weekly story lines, but despite what James Franklin says, no one in the world considers playing Georgia State like the Super Bowl. So, let’s take one last look back at that doozy of a comment Franklin tossed ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 33-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback C McSorley went 15-28 for 164 yards, three TDs and one pick and didn’t have his best game. Missed several open targets high. ...

Only carelessness will keep Penn State from racking up points

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to avenge last year’s loss and beat Pitt for the first time since 1999. No. 1: Protect ball Pitt’s defense cannot stop Penn State’s offense consistently for four quarters. That’s all there is to it. The Nittany Lions are going to score, ...

Only carelessness will keep Penn State from racking up points

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to avenge last year’s loss and beat Pitt for the first time since 1999. No. 1: Protect ball Pitt’s defense cannot stop Penn State’s offense consistently for four quarters. That’s all there is to it. The Nittany Lions are going to score, ...

Nittany Lions wary of Panthers’ jet sweep attack

UNIVERSITY PARK — One year ago, Penn State suffered arguably its worst defensive outing of the season in a 42-39 loss to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. The normally-stingy defense conceded 341 yards and three touchdowns in the run game on 56 attempts from the Panthers and allowed another three ...

Franklin: Pitt’s next, so it’s big

James Franklin gets it: Penn State vs. Pitt is a big game. Just not for the reasons everyone else thinks. Franklin spent a lot of time during his press conference Tuesday discussing his philosophy on how a football team needs to treat every game the same. Even if it’s a rivalry game that ...