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Giger: Tomlin, Narduzzi, Hurdle all facing heavy scrutiny

This is a bad time to be a major coaching figure in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should be squarely on the hot seat after an 0-2 start. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi just made one of the dumbest decisions you’ll ever see in college football, and he didn’t even think there was ...

End of Pitt series highlighted by Lions’ goal-line stop

UNIVERSITY PARK — For all of his big talk, for all of his public lobbying about keeping the series going, for all of the needling he’s done toward Penn State about inconsequential things (such as last week’s beef over signals), Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi came up small in the biggest moment ...

Finale reflects old-school series

UNIVERSITY PARK — If we don’t see a renewal of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry for years, decades, or even ever, those who were fortunate enough to witness Saturday’s last scheduled game between the neighboring schools were treated to a performance that did the series proud. Penn State won, ...

Pitt-PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 17-10 victory over Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On second-and-goal from the Penn State 1, with six minutes left and the Nittany Lions leading 17-10, Garrett Taylor stopped Pitt ...

Pitt-Penn State notebook

Lions misfire on big-play attempts UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State kept taking shot after shot deep down the field during Saturday’s game, and while the Nittany Lions usually hit a number of those, that wasn’t the case so much against Pitt. Clifford did connect with KJ Hamler for 53 ...

Lack of running game hurts Pitt’s chances

UNIVERSITY PARK — Pitt’s last-second effort fell short against No. 13 Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, 17-10, despite being tied at the half. After a 40-minute lightning delay before the game, Penn State’s (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) defense was too much for the Panthers’ (1-2, 0-1 ...

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Pitt 0: Journey Brown electrified the crowd by taking a handoff from the PSU 3 up the middle, bouncing out right and racing 85 yards up the sideline to the Pitt 12. Sean Clifford was picked off by Paris Ford on the next play, but the Panthers were called for pass ...

Michigan State loses in final seconds

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Eno Benjamin reached the ball to the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining, and Arizona State beat No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday after the Spartans had a tying field goal negated for having too many men on the ...

Big-play ability gives PSU edge

Five things to look for as Penn State and Pitt play for the 100th time, with everyone fully aware this could be the last meeting between the in-state rivals for a long time. No. 1: Big plays Penn State’s offense needs to start playing with some consistency, getting more contributions from ...

Rudel: Emptiness fills final chapter of Pitt-Penn State

I will miss this game. I’m not fighting city hall anymore about which camp is more to blame for going their separate ways 30-plus years ago, or how rivalries all over the country have been lost due to dollar-driven conference realignments, or whether it should now be a 2-for-1 arrangement, ...

Taking a shot at Franklin: Narduzzi scoffing at Lions’ signals challenge

We nearly made it through Penn State-Pitt week without any squawking or trash talk between the teams, but that ended Thursday when Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi decided he needed to get something “off my chest.” Narduzzi met with the Pittsburgh media on Thursday, and they asked him some ...

Suprisingly, defense was soft vs. Buffalo

For the sake of today’s debate, I’ll take the defense, which was supposed to be the team strength and may still be, we’ll see. But some issues surfaced against Buffalo that signaled a red flag. Buffalo kept the ball for 90 plays and 42-plus minutes. That’s hard to believe. So if ...

Running game issues need to get cleaned up

Quarterback Sean Clifford is tied for the team lead with 108 yards rushing through two games. That’s … not a good thing for Penn State. Yes, the Nittany Lions need Clifford to be able to run the ball some, and he had a beautiful 58-yard scamper Saturday against Buffalo. So this is no ...

The never-ending story: Franklin addresses issues of scheduling Pitt

James Franklin would like to see Penn State and Pitt play again at some point in the future, but he added a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen. “I think we’ve got to be creative in the ways that we look at it,” Franklin said Tuesday. The biggest issue at this ...

Former Penn State kicker takes over for Jets

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Next up on the Jets’ constantly spinning kicking carousel: Sam Ficken. New York signed Ficken, their fourth kicker since July, on Tuesday to try to solve their ongoing kicking woes. The team also announced it waived Kaare Vedvik after he missed an extra ...

Narduzzi enjoys talking about ‘big game’

PITTSBURGH — Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi has never made any secret of the fact he thinks the Panthers should play Penn State every year, but he knows it could be a long while before the teams meet again after Saturday. “I’m going to emphasize to our kids, ‘You might be the last team to ...

Pitt-PSU game can go away now

It’s Penn State-Pitt week once again. The last one we will see for some time. And truth be told, I’m perfectly fine with that. At the risk of sounding blasphemous around these here parts, it’s OK with me that the Nittany Lions and Panthers are wrapping up their ...

An SEC world in a college football universe

The Associated Press The Southeastern Conference held three of the top four spots in The Associated Press college football poll after LSU’s road victory against Texas pushed the Tigers to No. 4. Clemson remained No. 1 on Sunday, receiving 56 first-place votes out of 62 in the Top 25 ...

Big second half helps Penn State overcome slow start

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has had a habit during James Franklin’s tenure of sleepwalking through first halves and then making major adjustments at halftime. It’s a double-edged sword, which Franklin has addressed numerous times. The coaches and players deserve a lot of credit for ...