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Game Coverage

Regular season ends in unimpressive way

UNIVERSITY PARK — This was anything but tying a bow on a 10-2 regular season. In one of the more uninspired senior day performances in memory, Penn State eventually beat a game Rutgers squad, 27-6, Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. But almost no one left here overly impressed. The ...

PSU-Rutgers notebook

Franklin addresses Florida State talk UNIVERSITY PARK — Multiple reports over the past week have linked James Franklin to Florida State’s coaching position. The Seminoles fired Willie Taggart earlier this season to get a headstart on their search. Franklin has a home in Florida and has ...

A win is still a win: Lions avoid embarrassing loss

UNIVERSITY PARK — Rutgers outplayed Penn State for much of Saturday’s game, which was shocking and had to be maddening for fans in the Nittany Nation. You know, because it was Rutgers. The worst Power 5 team in the country, and it’s not even close. There was never really much threat ...

Franklin weighs in on whether he’s underappreciated by PSU fans

As the regular season winds down, we’re at the time of year when James Franklin’s name is starting to be mentioned for other potential jobs — USC and Florida State specifically this year. Franklin obviously has earned a lot of respect and appreciation nationally. But is the coach ...

Giger: Shorter in transfer portal bad look for Lions

The long and short of it is, Justin Shorter’s development and production at Penn State have been terribly disappointing. The how and why are debatable. Who’s to blame is debatable. What’s not debatable, though, is that Shorter is unhappy and apparently wants to leave Penn State. The ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 28-17 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B- Down 21-0, Levis showed poise 6-11, 57 yards in relief and added toughness w 19 rushes for 34 ...

George Mason pulls away from PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — George Mason put together a strong second half to defeat the Penn State women’s basketball team, 78-68, Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. Junior Kamaria McDaniel finished with a team-best 15 points in addition to a career-high seven assists. Junior Alisia ...

Gallant effort starts with backup Levis

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Penn State left its heart on the Ohio Stadium turf Saturday, gamely fighting back from a three-touchdown deficit, and at the heart of that fight was its backup quarterback. Will Levis was outstanding. In fact, it’s difficult to remember a Penn State quarterback coming ...

PSU-Ohio State highlights, lowlights

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 28-17 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium: Play of the game: Down 28-17 with 10 minutes remaining, Penn State moved from its 25 to the Ohio State 27 when Will Levis was intercepted by Justin Hilliard ...

Penn State-Ohio State notebook

Clifford injured during second half COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sean Clifford’s day in Columbus ended abruptly in the third quarter with an injury after taking a hit from linebacker Malik Harrison. After a wild snap, Clifford scooped up the bouncing ball and was able to get it off to Nick Bowers ...

Buckeyes flash potential of No. 1 team

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When things were going well Saturday, Ohio State looked very much like it might be the best team in the country. But the Buckeyes let Penn State right back in the game with three costly fumbles, one negating a touchdown and the other two deep in their own territory that led ...

Incredible comeback for Lions

By Travis Johnson The Associated Press UNIVERSITY PARK — Patrick Chambers sensed it at halftime. His team didn’t need a stern talking to and Penn State players certainly didn’t need to hear their coach yell and scream. So Chambers left them alone to calmly contemplate their ...

PSU-OSU scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Ohio State 7, Penn State 0: The Buckeyes took over at their 9 on their first series and drove 91 yards — all on the ground — in 13 plays. They tried one deep pass from midfield that was broken up, and the other 12 run plays gashed PSU’s defense. Quarterback Justin Fields ...

Fast start a must for Nittany Lions

Five things to look for as No. 9 Penn State travels to face No. 2 Ohio State in a showdown for the Big Ten East title. No. 1: Be ready The Nittany Lions must get off to a good start. Put another way, they can’t lose the game right away with a bad first quarter. It’s a noon kick. On ...

OSU a glimpse of PSU’s present, future

Penn State’s 2020 season starts today. OK, maybe that’s a stretch. Maybe the Nittany Lions shock the world and, as a 19-point underdog, stun Ohio State at the Horseshoe. And, obviously, if that happens, all of a sudden Penn State lands in the Big Ten championship game – probably ...

PSU loses first in 4 years

From Mirror reports TEMPE, Arizona — For the first time since February of 2015, the Penn State wrestling team suffered defeating, falling 19-18 at Arizona State Friday night in collegiate action. The Sun Devils were ranked sixth in the country. Penn State was No. 1. The two ...

Dreams of Fields: Nittany Lions once flirted with OSU’s QB

In some alternate universe, where different decisions were made, Justin Fields will be starting at quarterback for Penn State on Saturday at Ohio State. It sure would be fun to see what that dynamic could look like. It almost really happened, too. But then, Fields went and got very, very ...

Giger: Anti-social behavior: Death threats made to Clifford are appalling

We live in sad times, and there are reminders of that every single day. Now, I could go any one of 100 different directions with that setup. In this case, I’m going to stick to sports. Penn State football, specifically, and the troubling news that came out Tuesday. Nittany Lion quarterback ...

Franklin has no regrets over ‘elite’ comment

James Franklin doesn’t regret saying it. However, a year later, after setting the bar extremely high with a single word and having that word used against him on many occasions by many people, Franklin does acknowledge that he could have ...