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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 ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 63-24 victory over Illinois on Friday night at Memorial Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback A No. 9 (12-19-160) just exudes toughness, adding career-high 92 rush yards. He’s ...

Once again, PSU rallies in second half

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Penn State shockingly found itself trailing huge-underdog Illinois early in the third quarter Friday night, leading to much frustration in the Nittany Nation. But this script has played out before over the past couple of years. ...

With OSU next, real Lions must stand up

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Bring on Ohio State. Game of the year. Do you think Penn State is ready? The answer is a resounding no — if it’s the Nittany Lion team that looked uninspired and got run over defensively by woeful Illinois for the first two quarters and five minutes of the third ...

PSU-Illinois notebook

Friday night deal: Year two of six CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Big Ten introduced Friday night football games last season, and Penn State had to take its first turn in the rotation with the trip to Illinois. It’s unclear when the Nittany Lions will have to play on a Friday again. Big Ten ...

Friday night game shouldn’t affect Lions too much

Five things to look for as Penn State travels to Illinois for a rare Friday game, the Nittany Lions’ first since 1982 versus Pitt. No. 1: Friday night lights It’s different and should be kind of cool, but neither of these teams is used to playing on Friday, so there may be some issues ...

Big Ten doesn’t need to use Friday nights

I’m not such a dinosaur that I think college football should kick off all of its games at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and TV can adjust accordingly, that if ABC and ESPN doesn’t select your game, an independent syndicator can pass it along to a regional audience. Like TCS or Raycom or ...

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.. … ...

Lovie: Tide slowly changing

Lovie Smith has been in the state of Illinois for a long time. The current head coach of the Illini has a long, storied history in the prairie state. Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 2004-2012, a nine-season tenure that included a Super Bowl appearance in 2006 and two NFC ...

Nittany Lions release 2018-19 schedule

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, winners of seven of the last eight NCAA Championships, announced its 2018-19 schedule, which includes 14 dual meets and two in-season tournaments this year. The Nittany Lions return seven All-Americans, including four grapplers ...

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 ...

McSorley accounts for five TDs in rout of Flashes

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin has a man crush on Trace McSorley and isn’t afraid to admit it. “If you’re a young quarterback out there, watch Trace McSorley,” Penn State’s coach said Saturday. “The guy has been winning since he was in diapers.” Franklin went on and on ...

Lions’ talent masking their youth, mistakes

UNIVERSITY PARK — Only a true Penn State nitpicker would witness a 53-point victory and come away somewhat unimpressed. So be it. Yes, the Nittany Lions demolished Kent State, 63-10, on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Yes, they are 3-0 heading into their Big Ten opener at Illinois ...

PSU highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 63-10 victory over Kent State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Backup quarterback Sean Clifford connected with freshman receiver Daniel George for a ...

PSU-Kent State notebook

Hamler continues to shine UNIVERSITY PARK — Freshman phenom KJ Hamler made a great first impression with his performance two weeks ago against Appalachian State. Since then his impact on the game has only continued to grow with each and every week. It’s become clear that the ...

PSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Kent State 0: Trace McSorley hit KJ Hamler for a 56-yard TD on the second play of the game, but it was called back on a holding penalty by center Michal Menet. The Lions wound up punting from their 45, but a roughing-the-kicker personal foul penalty on Cepeda ...

Illinois falls apart in fourth quarter at home

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Blake Barnett threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to Darnell Salomon as South Florida rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Illinois 25-19 on Saturday. Barnett was 23 of 40 for 411 yards passing with two touchdowns and two ...

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 ...