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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 ...

Altoona grad honored by Big Ten for defense

Kevin Givens was named to the BTN.Com Big Ten all-Freshman Team on Tuesday, recognizing his strong work on Penn State’s vastly improved defense. Givens, from Altoona Area High School, has 4 ¢ sacks, seven tackles for loss and 22 stops this season. He began the year as a starter before ...

Poor shooting no problem for Lions

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK —The Big Ten/ACC matchup between Penn State and Georgia Tech was a slugfest in the truest sense of the word. But despite an inefficient shooting display, the Lions extended their winning streak to three games with a 67-60 victory over the ...

Nittany Lions are going to need help

Penn State remains No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings, but its hopes of getting into the Final Four might not be all that great even if it wins the Big Ten championship. Washington is No. 4, and Michigan is No. 5. Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said this about those two ...

Alabama, Ohio State still Nos. 1, 2 in playoff poll

The Associated Press Ohio State held firm at second in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the Buckeyes in position to become the first team to be selected to the final four without winning its conference. The second-to-last rankings were released Tuesday night and Alabama was ...

Barkley says he’s fine

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley made it clear Monday that he expects to play in Saturday’s Big Ten title game. “Yes, I do,” Barkley said on a teleconference. “I’m feeling fine, feeling really good.” Barkley suffered a right foot or ankle injury in the third quarter of the ...

Need math to analyze Wisconsin

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Wisconsin lost at home to Ohio State. Penn State beat Ohio State at home. That’s it. The Nittany Lions are the better team. If only sports were that easy. In sports, however, the mathematical concept that if A is better than B and B is better ...

Old could be new for Wisconsin

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Bart Houston began the season as Wisconsin’s starting quarterback before losing his job to Alex Hornibrook. With Hornibrook listed as questionable with a head injury for the Big Ten title game against No. 8 Penn State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, ...

Big Ten slams Harbaugh with $10,000 fine

The Big Ten reprimanded Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and fined the school $10,000 on Monday for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after the Ohio State game. Harbaugh blasted the officiating after the Wolverines’ 30-27 double-overtime loss Saturday in ...

Lions, Badgers have a lot at stake

James Franklin perfectly summed up what this improbable, magical season has meant for his team and program. “Instead of talking about what Penn State was, people are now talking about what Penn State is, and that’s exciting,” Franklin said Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions ...