Cory Giger

Mountain Lions pick up victory over MC

Altoona closed its match strong, winning the final four bouts, including three by fall, to carve out a 42-36 victory over visiting Mifflin County Wednesday night in high school wrestling action. With Altoona trailing 36-24 the Mountain Lions’ Jerrell Kephart (138 pounds), Kobe Harr (145) ...

Rose Bowl memorable, disappointing

LOS ANGELES — If you’re a sports fan, it would be nearly impossible not to have been enormously entertained by the thrilling Rose Bowl game between Penn State and USC. However, if you’re a Nittany Lion fan, you probably fall into one of the following two categories: 1. The game was so ...

Giger: Moorhead drawing heavy interest

LOS ANGELES — It’s a wonderful feeling being wanted, having others covet you professionally or personally and being able to take pride in knowing you have something very good to offer. Right now, Joe Moorhead is a hot name in college football. That’s what happens when, in less than a ...

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 ...

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 ...

Giger: Bonifay, now MLB coach, finally gets his promotion

Josh Bonifay was never fully rewarded as a player, but one of the best players in Curve history is finally getting his just due -- as a coach. "It's very unexpected and just overwhelming," Bonifay said of his terrific opportunity. The Texas Rangers hired Bonifay earlier this week for ...

CFP berth preferable, even if it means ’Bama

Commentary There’s a ridiculous notion that’s been debated in some circles over the past week that goes like this: Would you rather see Penn State get to the College Football Playoff and be crushed by Alabama, or go to the Rose Bowl and have a real chance to win? It’s the dumbest ...

Franklin’s approach paying off for PSU

James Franklin might have set a world record two weeks ago when he said the word “Indiana” 15 consecutive times. I’m not sure why anyone ever would have said it 16 or more times, but we’ll check with the folks at Guinness. Last week, Franklin cleverly offered up a unique answer that ...

LB Smith a great story

Neil wouldn’t let me pick Marcus Allen, questioning whether the safety who blocked the field goal against Ohio State can be considered unsung, and yet he was able to choose a three-year starter in Brian Gaia. I’m beginning to think Neil is rigging this point/counterpoint! In all ...

Giger: Stunning sequence of events a dream scenario for PSU

Cue Rod Serling. "It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area ...

Rankings useless this season

Commentary The most incredible thing I saw all weekend was someone who pointed this out on Twitter: Penn State (7-2) has more wins than Notre Dame (3-6) and Michigan State (2-7) have combined. The Fighting Irish started at No. 10, while the Spartans were No. 12 in the preseason AP poll. ...

Indiana PSU’s biggest challenge

Penn State is better than each team left on its schedule, which is why everyone is talking about a possible 10-2 season and perhaps even a Rose Bowl appearance. When trying to figure out the toughest game left, we have to consider all factors. The Iowa game on Saturday is a night contest at ...

Moorhead proving to be great hire for PSU

Commentary How many of you Penn State fans feel that what you’re watching with the offense these days is like some sort of dream? Something you’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Aggressive. Taking a bunch of shots down the field. Quick-strike ability. Scoring 62 points, for ...

Special teams made it a win, rather than close loss

Commentary There’s no doubt Penn State’s defense played an excellent game against Ohio State. The team, in fact, had a terrific night of complementary football, getting timely contributions from all three phases. But read this week’s question to the right carefully. It says, ...

Huge upset major turning point for PSU, Franklin

It wasn’t just one game. It was a game changer for the Penn State football program. Years from now, we all could be looking back on Saturday night as the turning point to Penn State’s return as a major player on the national stage. The Nittany Lions’ 24-21 win over No. 2 Ohio State ...

4-2 Lions get mostly good grades

Before getting into the midseason report card, I want to note that Sunday's opening point spread for this week's home game against No. 2 Ohio State has Penn State as a 20-point underdog.That's believed to be the largest underdog line ever at Beaver Stadium for the Nittany Lions, who are 4-2 and ...

Lions’ schedule sets up nicely

Rutgers just played one of the worst games in major college football history, a 78-0 trouncing at home to Michigan, and has been downright embarrassing this season.Iowa is proving once again that coach Kirk Ferentz only knows how to be good twice a decade, and it has a bad offense.Michigan ...

Experience for youth will pay off in future

Nineteen of the 22 players who will start for Penn State this week will be back next season -- nine of whom are either freshmen or sophomores -- plus both kickers also will return.That should be exciting to Nittany Lion fans, regardless of what happens the rest of this season.The feeling here ...

McSorley saves the day for Nittany Lions

A good win that would have been a bad loss produced a lot of positives and some negatives for Penn State, which gets to ride the emotional high of victory for a week but still has the look of a team that's teetering on a middling season.For starters, let's pinpoint exactly why the Nittany Lions ...