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Neil Rudel’s Commentary

Penn State doesn’t get paid for 9 overtimes

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — We’ve now witnessed the low point of James Franklin’s eight-year Penn State tenure. As a 24-point favorite, fresh from a bye week, the Nittany Lions lost to Illinois, 20-18, in a torturous nine-overtime game — NCAA record — ...

Rudel’s Illinois Highs and Lows

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 20-18 loss to Illinois in nine overtimes on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: With the Nittany Lions leading 13-10, Jaquan Brisker dropped an easy interception in overtime that would have clinched ...

Penn State report card — Illinois

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 20-18 loss to Illinois in nine overtimes Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Quarterback D Clifford was compromised. He was reluctant to run, which he often does to make key first downs. He completed 19-of-34 for just 165 yards but lacked ...

Backup QBs get chance to show up for PSU

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com Backup QBs get chance to show up All eyes are on the Penn State quarterback(s). Sean Clifford has made a surprisingly quick return to practice, but his availability for today’s game with Illinois (noon, ABC) remains questionable. The Nittany ...

No, Penn State just needs to find its way around OSU

Should the Big Ten change its divisional structure, and if so, how? By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com I heard James Franklin on the topic encouraging discussion, and it’s totally understandable. As we sit here this morning, the best four teams in the ...

Franklin deflects QB injury, takes aim at Ferentz

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin has been consistent in always wanting to keep the focus off injuries. He succeeded Wednesday night. Franklin only confirms the status of injured players if they’re out for the season. He did so with senior ...