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Game Coverage

PSU-Iowa notebook

Players wear T-shirts in support IOWA CITY, Iowa — Several Penn State players wore T-shirts during pregame warmups to show support for safety Jonathan Sutherland, who was criticized for his appearance last week in a letter by a PSU alumnus. The shirts ...

PSU-Iowa scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Iowa 3, Penn State 0: The Hawkeyes moved the ball well on their third series, getting some chain-moving throws by Nate Stanley down to the PSU 20. Shaka Toney and Robert Windsor sacked Stanley for a 9-yard loss on second down, stifling the drive. Keith Duncan kicked a 47-yard ...

Franklin tries to end drought in road games vs. Top 25

Five things to look for as No. 10 Penn State visits one of the Big Ten’s toughest venues to face No. 17 Iowa, which is always difficult to beat in Saturday night games. No. 1: Franklin’s quest For everything he’s accomplished in his career and at Penn State, James Franklin still has ...

PSU-Purdue highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 35-7 victory over Purdue on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Sean Clifford hit Jahan Dotson with a 72-yard touchdown pass with 5:20 left in the first quarter, upping the Nittany Lions’ lead to ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 35-7 win over Purdue on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B- Tale of two halves for Clifford. Went 11-14-205 and four TDs (three pass, one rush) in first half, ...

Lions jump on Boilermakers early, then coast

UNIVERSITY PARK — Something odd happened during Penn State’s expected rout of Purdue on Saturday, and it’s tough to pinpoint exactly what was going on. The Nittany Lions exploded out to a 28-0 lead with 14:17 still remaining in the first half. Coming off a 59-0 annihilation at Maryland, ...

Fortunately for Nits, defense hasn’t rested

UNIVERSITY PARK — Noon starts haven’t always brought out the best in the Nittany Lions, but that wasn’t the case Saturday as Penn State was on top if its game early and built a 28-0 lead against Purdue. Then, apparently, the Lions got drowsy and needed an afternoon nap because they sure ...

Penn State-Purdue notebook

Off day for special teams UNIVERSITY PARK — Just when it was looking like special teams were Penn State’s most reliable unit, they took an off day. From kicking to returning, the Nittany Lions looked stale on special teams in a game they could afford to make mistakes in. The game ...

PSU-Purdue scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Purdue 0: The Lions moved downfield quickly on their first possession, highlighted by a nifty 15-yard keeper from Sean Clifford after a fake handoff. Clifford hit Daniel George for 9 yards to convert a third-and-8 at the Purdue 32, then on the next play Clifford ...

Legislators working on pay-to-play bill

College athletics could be on the verge of a historic change, and Pennsylvania might be one of the states leading the charge. California passed groundbreaking legislation Monday called the Fair Pay to Play Act, which will allow college student-athletes in that state to be able to make money ...

HBO in town filming Nittany Lions this week for show

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Purdue (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Beaver Stadium TV: ESPN About the Boilermakers: They’re dealing with some major injuries and will be without QB Elijah Sindelar and star WR Rondale Moore. … Jack ...

Great night for Rahne, offense

As they stood with their children and players celebrating Friday night’s decimation at Maryland, Penn State coach James Franklin pulled offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne close and kissed him on the head. It was a fantastic night for many members of the PSU program, with Rahne right at or ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 59-0 win over Maryland on Friday night at Maryland Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback A Clifford went 26-31-398, three TDs, 54 rush yards and an interception. Tommy Stevens ...

Penn State avoids trap, routs Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Penn State embarrassed Maryland. Again. Maryland embarrassed itself, as well, in what folks in these parts were calling the program’s biggest game in years. It wasn’t a game. At all. It was a laugher. For the third straight year. Sean Clifford had a huge game ...

For Lions, it’s full-steam ahead

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Penn State arrived here unblemished at 3-0, but aside from their season-opening scrimmage against Idaho, the Nittany Lions had yet to put together a complete game. They emphatically checked that box Friday night. The Lions forced a turnover on the game’s fifth play ...

Parsons ejected after targeting call

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons was flagged for targeting and ejected from Friday’s game for a late hit on Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson midway through the first quarter. Jackson completed a 15-yard pass on the play, and the targeting penalty tacked on 15 more ...

Room to tinker with RBs versus non-con opponents

As soon as Penn State loses a game, then, of course, the answer will be yes. James Franklin’s commitment to playing all four tailbacks has raised more questions than any other aspect of the Nittany Lions’ 3-0 start. He deflected a couple inquiries about it Tuesday, saying, “We’re ...

Journey to find top back should begin with Brown

Depth is great. Playing lots of guys is great. Keeping young players engaged by giving them a chance to compete for playing time is great. Those are all good problems to have for any team. And make no mistake about it, Penn State has a good problem on its hands that there are four promising ...

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, ...