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Bowled over: Postseason offers some intriguing matchups

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The Alabama invitational, um, College Football Playoff is set, along with 38 other bowl games big and small. From coaching intrigue to record-setting runs there should be plenty of story lines to follow. The Final Four Top-ranked Alabama and Nick ...

Ex-Nittany Lion receiver coping with losing team

By Mark Long The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Allen Robinson’s season of discontent became evident in Jacksonville’s latest loss. Robinson yanked off his helmet and started yelling at an official early in the fourth quarter of a 20-10 loss to Denver on Sunday. It was a ...

More honors for PSU football

UNIVERSITY PARK — Sophomore running back Saquon Barkley was the Associated Press’ Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and James Franklin was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year to headline the list of Penn State’s Associated Press All-Big Ten selections. Barkley was a unanimous All-Big ...

Fans will be treated to USC at the legendary Rose Bowl

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State missed out on the playoffs, but its consolation prize and opponent are as good as it gets in college football. The Nittany Lions will play red-hot USC in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 in Pasadena. It will be the first Rose Bowl appearance for ...

Chaos never surfaces in Final Four selection

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press In the end, true chaos never came to college football this season. Four teams that started near the top of the College Football Playoff rankings will play for the national championship. Alabama will face Washington in one semifinal and Clemson meets ...

Youngster contributing early for PSU

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State freshman 125-pounder Nick Suriano is making a habit of beating wrestlers ranked in the top 4 in the nation. Soon, the former four-time New Jersey state champion, will be ranked in the top 4. After knocking off ...

Resurgent PSU rallies for Big Ten title

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com INDIANAPOLIS — One legendary game and legendary comeback made legends out of a number of Penn State players and coaches. Trace McSorley had perhaps the greatest game ever by a Penn State quarterback. Cornerback Grant Haley and safety ...

Lions deserve Big Ten glory

Commentary INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State won its first Big Ten championship game Saturday night, and its heroic performance was more than fitting as the Nittany Lions have shown the heart of a champion all year. But never did their heart pound harder than at Lucas Oil Stadium against a ...

Nittany Lions put a big emphasis on defense

By Travis Johnson The Associated Press UNIVERSITY PARK — Pat Chambers watched nearly all of the film available on Wright State heading into Saturday. Penn State’s coach was worried about the Raiders, specifically their ability to shoot 3-pointers with pinpoint accuracy and fill ...

Lady Lions survive Marshall

UNIVERSITY PARK — In a game that came down to the final seconds and saw 13 lead changes, the Penn State women’s basketball program earned an 82-80 victory over Marshall in the first meeting ever between the two programs on Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Sophomore Teniya Page ...

McSorley must have time against tough Badger defense

Commentary By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com INDIANAPOLIS — Five things to look for as Penn State plays Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship, plus a chance to stay alive in the College Football Playoff race. No. 1: Laying it on O-line There’s been more talk about Penn ...

Big game still has big meaning for winner

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com INDIANAPOLIS — Regardless of what happens in the College Football Playoff picture, which is what so many people have been debating, Penn State and Wisconsin still have a great deal to play for tonight. “The only thing that exists for us is ...

Wisconsin looking to pick off Nittany Lions

By Genaro C. Armas The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s defense is getting so picky. The sixth-ranked Badgers have 11 interceptions over the last three games and 21 on the season, tops in major college football. And now they are focused on Trace McSorley and No. 8 Penn ...

Huskies’ big second half garners Pac-12 trophy

The Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Taylor Rapp returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and Myles Gaskin ran for 159 yards to help No. 4 Washington strengthen its case for a playoff berth with a 41-10 victory over No. 9 Colorado in the Pac-12 championship game Friday ...

Here’s why Nittany Lions probably won’t make it

Well, this stinks, but I’m here to give you the bad news. No matter how much we want to gripe or rip the process, all indications point to Penn State not getting into the College Football Playoff even if it beats Wisconsin for the Big Ten title. Our question here is whether the Big Ten ...

Lions get verbal from Georgia QB

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com There were reports that Penn State might have been knocked out of the driver’s seat in the eyes of blue-chip junior quarterback Justin Fields after in-state Georgia came through with a scholarship offer in mid-November. Apparently the reports of ...

Barkley collects Big Ten top award

From the moment he started jumping over, spinning around and running past defenders last season against Buffalo, it became apparent that you shouldn’t take your eyes off Saquon Barkley. There’s a chance he can do something special every time he touches the ball. Barkley has been heavily ...

McSorley noticed by Big Ten

Trace McSorley has accomplished so many things this season that few people would have expected, and the Penn State quarterback added a big one to the list Wednesday night when he was named second-team all-conference by both the Big Ten coaches and media. Not even his highly touted ...

Big Ten honors Franklin

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com James Franklin has been asked a few times recently if the Penn State program is ahead of schedule, and he’s responded by saying that, no, things are pretty much right on schedule. The coach might feel that way, but just about everyone else around ...

Coordinators play big role in success

Commentary No assistant coach in the country has done a better job this season than Joe Moorhead. Take that to the bank, regardless of what the folks say with the Broyles Award, which egregiously omitted Penn State’s offensive coordinator from its list of finalists for top assistant in ...