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Lions must contain OSU on ground

Five things to look for as No. 9 Penn State hosts No. 4 Ohio State in the game of the year in the Big Ten. No. 1: Stop the run Yes, Ohio State has a good passing quarterback in Dwayne Haskins, who possibly could pick apart Penn State’s defense. But consider: What’s more likely: The ...

Tonight will show if Lions ‘grew up’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Since Penn State joined the Big Ten, much has been made about the Nittany Lions lacking a true annual rival. As they call themselves, “Unrivaled.” And while we can split hairs, and have, over whether games with Pitt – PSU’s oldest rival – should be added at ...

Lions counting on Johnson to shine

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Juwan Johnson has a chance to be an outstanding receiver for Penn State, and he likely will need to come up big for the team to beat Ohio State on Saturday. So far this season, however, Johnson has had some issues getting open and holding onto the ...

Lions’ lineman is arrested

aPenn State freshman offensive lineman Rasheed Walker recently was arrested for stealing a bicycle on campus and faces misdemeanor charges of taking and receiving stolen property. Walker, 18, reportedly stole the $150 bicycle on Sept. 11. The police report indicated he did so because he ...

Saturday’s matchup could come down to kicking

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com As both potent offenses presumably march up and down the field in what could be a shootout Saturday night, it can be easy to lose sight of how such a game could come down to a field goal. That actually has been the case for each of Ohio State’s ...

Coach wants historic atmosphere for game

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: No. 4 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ESPN About the Buckeyes: Coach Urban Meyer returned from his three-game suspension last week, and they crushed Tulane, 49-6. … Rank ...

Not a typical Buckeye QB: Haskins major threat as pure pocket passer

Nearly one year ago, Dwayne Haskins was a redshirt freshman backing up J.T. Barrett, waiting his turn and gaining valuable experience behind Ohio State’s field general. Haskins was inserted into a handful of games during the 2017 season, but every appearance came during garbage time and ...

DE Bosa out for Ohio St.

Ohio State will be without its best defensive player against Penn State as defensive end Nick Bosa will miss Saturday’s game at Beaver Stadium. Bosa has been out with a core muscle injury and underwent surgery last week. His parents told media outlets on Monday that Bosa won’t be ...

Sanders finally takes center stage

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Miles Sanders put on a show with 200 yards rushing for Penn State on Friday night at Illinois, but how he got those yards was just as important as the gaudy total. “I’ve been waiting for this for two years,” Sanders, now the star tailback with Saquon Barkley gone, ...

PSU-Illinois highlights-lowlights

Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night at Memorial Stadium: Play of the game: With Penn State up 35-24, Jan Johnson’s interception off an Illinois bobble gave the Nittany Lions possession at the Illini 21 with 14:18 ...

Franklin appreciating his role as black coach

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There are only 13 black head coaches among the 130 FBS teams this season, and two of them will be on opposing sidelines Friday night when James Franklin and Penn State visit Lovie Smith and Illinois. It will mark one of just a handful of games all ...

Stevens finally able to return

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Illinois (2-1) Kickoff: Friday, 9 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Ill. TV: FS1 About the Illini: They had to rally to beat Kent State in week one, 31-24. Penn State, of course, just crushed Kent State, 63-10.. … ...

West’s embarrassing day should spark Big Ten realignment talk

Saturday was humiliating for the Big Ten West and really the best example yet of why the conference’s division alignment is laughable. Everyone knows the division setup is incredibly lopsided. Everyone knows the Big Ten has received criticism for the imbalance. And everyone knows the league ...

Lions look for four strong quarters

Five things to look for as Penn State closes the non-conference portion of the schedule against Kent State in what should be a blowout victory. No. 1: Clean things up The Nittany Lions will win easily to stay undefeated, but they need to play four solid quarters after struggling for large ...

Rudel: It’s time for Penn State to flag itself

Being that this is 9/11 week, let’s go off the field. James Franklin opened his press conference Tuesday – 9/11 – with the nice gesture of acknowledging the ultimate sacrifice that thousands paid 17 years ago, including one of his former teammates at East Stroudsburg, a man named Martin ...

Menet a man of versatility for PSU

Michal Menet seemingly had everything working against him coming into the season. He was asked to switch positions with Connor McGovern from right guard to center, and when put in game situations, he saw a lot of atypical defensive packages from both Appalachian State and Pitt. Mix that ...

Coach doesn’t want bunch of ‘yes men’

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Kent State (1-1) Kickoff: Saturday noon, Beaver Stadium TV: FS1 About the Golden Flashes: They played well but lost opener at Illinois, 31-24, and blew out Howard last week, 54-14. … Coach Sean Lewis, 32, is the ...

Kent State coach’s age makes Franklin reflective

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com James Franklin so often talks about building strong personal relationships and connecting with his players that it can come as a surprise to know he wasn’t always like that as a coach. Penn State hosts Kent State this week, and Golden Flashes coach ...

Kent State needs to overcome road woes

By Caleb Wilfinger For the Mirror It has been nearly two years since Kent State has won a true road game. The last time that the Golden Flashes picked up a win away from home was in October of 2016, when they defeated Central Michigan as part of a 4-9 season. That challenge isn’t ...

Coach takes blame for Purdue’s upset loss

The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Chad Ryland delivered Eastern Michigan a thrilling victory over the Purdue as time expired on Saturday. The freshman kicker made the late go-ahead field goal from 24 yards to lift the Eagles over the Boilermakers 20-19. Quarterback Tyler ...