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Rest will help Lions with their next 3 games

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror Penn State’s bye week could not have come at a better time, according to James Franklin. Halfway through a 12-game regular season and the Nittany Lions are right where they want to be. All of the goals set at the beginning of the year are still within ...

Penn State, Michigan going under the lights

UNIVERSITY PARK —The Penn State football team will host Michigan for the annual Penn State White Out game on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Penn State is currently ranked third in the country while the Wolverines are No. 17. In addition, the game will also be available on the ...

AP Top 25 shakeup: PSU to 3; Auburn in top 10

Penn State moved up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Washington State and Auburn jumped into the top 10 for the first time this season after six ranked teams lost this past weekend. Alabama and Clemson still hold the top spots. The top-ranked Crimson Tide received ...

PSU-Northwestern highs-lows

EVANSTON, Ill. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field: Play of the game: Penn State defensive end Shaka Toney, a redshirt freshman, drilled Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson in the first quarter, ...

PSU-Northwestern notebook

Patient Barkley gets Heisman help EVANSTON, Ill. — Saquon Barkley has been the Heisman Trophy frontrunner for several weeks, and there’s not a lot of strong competition so far this season. His leading challenger’s hopes took a big hit Saturday when Baker Mayfield and No. 3 Oklahoma were ...

PSU will need to establish run

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State plays what figures to be a tough road game against a Northwestern team that could pose some problems on both sides of the ball. No. 1: Ready to run The Nittany Lions have to start showing a consistent running ...

Improvement has been Franklin’s trademark

If there’s one word that underscores James Franklin’s work to this point in his Penn State football tenure, it’s improvement. And that’s not by accident. At Vanderbilt and now Penn State, Franklin has built an impressive track record of taking over and patiently tinkering with a ...

Play on field favors McSorley

I won’t say a bad word about Christian Hackenberg the man. He’s a good, intelligent, respectable person who was a terrific representative of Penn State, and I wish him nothing but the best in life. But Hackenberg is not a very good quarterback. He did some things well at Penn State but ...

Hack’s contributions immeasurable

In less than two years as a starter — just 19 games to be exact — Trace McSorley has established himself as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Penn State history. There’s no doubt he fits James Franklin’s offense better than Christian Hackenberg, and there’s little doubt that ...

Gillikin, Fessler families have split interest in Big Ten game

UNIVERSITY PARK — A contest between Penn State and Northwestern will not be the only rivalry renewed Saturday afternoon. A pair of sibling rivalries will take the forefront for two families as both Nittany Lions punter Blake Gillikin and reserve quarterback/holder Billy Fessler challenge ...

Field-goal unit gaining concern for Lions

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com It hasn’t cost Penn State yet, but with the meat of the scheduling coming up, the surprising struggles of place-kicker Tyler Davis and the field-goal unit have become a big concern. Davis missed two more kicks Saturday against Indiana — a gimme ...

Coach says he never feels ‘just all right’

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Northwestern (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday noon, Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill. (47,130) TV: ABC About the Wildcats: They’re coming off 33-24 loss at Wisconsin in Big Ten opener. … Other loss was at Duke ...

Cats have a good history with PSU

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — This Saturday, No. 4 Penn State travels to Evanston, Ill., to take on the Northwestern Wildcats for the first time since 2015. The Nittany Lions (5-0) have struggled as of late against the Wildcats, dropping the last two matchups with ...

O’Korn will start for Michigan

The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — John O’Korn has his first chance to take extended snaps at Michigan. O’Korn will get the start for the seventh-ranked Wolverines against Michigan State on Saturday night because injured quarterback Wilton Speight is out indefinitely with an ...

A helping hand: Barkley’s star grows in PSU win

UNIVERSITY PARK — Special teams and college football’s most special player paved the way to a blowout win Saturday for Penn State. The No. 4 Nittany Lions didn’t play their best for all four quarters, but it didn’t matter. They were so good in the first quarter alone that the rest of ...

Badgers pull away late on Wildcats

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — What looked like another second-half runaway turned into nail-biting final few minutes for No. 10 Wisconsin. The defense caught its breath and came up with one more big play. Jonathan Taylor ran for two touchdowns to help the offense overcome a ...

One-time Purdue coach dead at 74

The Associated Press Joe Tiller, who guided quarterback Drew Brees at Purdue and was the school’s winningest football coach, died Saturday. He was 74. He died at home of natural causes in Buffalo, Wyoming, the Harness Funeral Home said. Tiller and Brees carried Purdue to rare heights at ...

Indiana to test secondary

Five things to look for as Penn State faces one of the few pass-heavy teams in the Big Ten as Indiana pays a visit to Beaver Stadium. No. 1: Secondary first Hoosiers quarterback Richard Lagow will put pressure on the Nittany Lions with his strong arm, so the secondary will have to play ...

Future of PSU football won’t look like past

Let’s take a look at the past, present and future of Penn State football, and why this is a timely week to do so. The Nittany Lions will celebrate their “Generations of Greatness” during today’s game against Indiana with throwback uniforms designed to honor various great team and ...

OC feels Lions can play even better

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Nine days ago, Sports Illustrated did a big profile piece that labeled Penn State’s Joe Moorhead “the guy behind the most dynamic offense in the nation,” and in recent months, several publications named him one of the best assistant coaches in ...