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Georgia holds off Hackenberg-less Lions

JACKSONVILLE, Ga. - James Franklin made a point to say, "There are no moral victories," then seconds later he switched course and tried to say his team basically did earn a moral victory Saturday."Our guys battled," the Penn State coach said. "They should be very proud. They should walk out of ...

Georgia’s mindset will be key

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Five things to look for as Penn State plays Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl, the first meeting between the schools since the Nittany Lions won the 1982 national title in the Sugar Bowl.No. 1: Bulldogs' biteThe great unknown in many bowl games is how much each team truly wants ...

For Hack, clock about to strike midnight

JACKSONVILLE - The biggest question concerning the Penn State football program - whether Christian Hackenberg is in fact playing his final game today and will move on to the NFL - has yet to be answered.At least verbally.Hackenberg read a prepared statement in August politely requesting the ...

Rahne wants offense to have swagger

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - If you had to pick one word to describe Penn State's suspect offense this season, it wouldn't be swagger.That's the word, however, that was used most often Thursday when discussing how acting offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne wants the unit to play in Saturday's ...

PSU’s Garrity upholding family legacy

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - The irony is not lost on Gregg Garrity.His father, Gregg, made the most famous catch in Penn State history, a diving gem in the end zone from Todd Blackledge in the 1982 Sugar Bowl that clinched the first national championship for the Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno.The ...

Penn St. upsets Wildcats

UNIVERSITY PARK - Freshman Teniya Page scored 27 points, Connecticut transfer Brianna Banks 25 and Penn State continued its dominance of Northwestern, beating the 14th-ranked Wildcats 79-72 in the Big Ten opener on Thursday.The Nittany Lions (6-6) made 8-of-12 free throws in the final 1:41 to ...

Perception of season, Franklin could change

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - A longtime and rational Penn State fan - and yes, the rational part is key - asked me this week if James Franklin will be on the hot seat entering next season.The short answer is no.The long answer is no.The really long answer, though, is more complicated and has a lot ...

Penn State upset bid falls short

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Diamond Stone had several thunderous dunks, made key free throws and was an all-around force on his way to a record-setting performance.Stone scored 39 points, the most-ever by a Maryland freshman, and had 12 rebounds, leading the fourth-ranked Terrapins to a 70-64 victory ...

Lions defense trying to break bowl trend

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Points have been piling up at a huge pace this bowl season, surprisingly in many cases, which makes the Penn State-Georgia matchup an interesting one from an over/under standpoint."Something you see in bowl games a lot, teams take a few weeks off and you see a lot of ...

Johnson still weighing draft option

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Austin Johnson says he's coming back to Penn State. For now. But he's not sure yet. Hasn't made up his mind.So, in other words, nobody knows what the standout junior defensive tackle is going to do - either turn pro early or return for his senior year.The first question ...

Penn State players spirited in practice

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - There was a bunch of smack talk and whooping and hollering during Penn State's TaxSlayer Bowl practice Tuesday, which is exactly how the players like it."We've been doing that since the first bowl practice," safety Marcus Allen said of the chippyness. "Me and Hack ...

Penn State bounces back

PITTSBURGH - The No. 15 Nittany Lion men's hockey team bounced back on Tuesday night in a 5-1 victory over Clarkson at CONSOL Energy Center in the Three Rivers Classic.Five Nittany Lions tallied goals and Matthew Skoff had a spectacular game (36 saves) in his home city to remain unbeaten in ...

Giger: Johnson, Barkley among PSU’s best pro prospects

Watching the big fella rumble 71 yards down the sideline for a game-clinching TD against San Diego State gave us a 10-second glimpse of why 325-pound defensive tackle Austin Johnson is a big-time NFL prospect.Watching the little guy leap over a defender for the first time against Buffalo showed ...

Receiving gift: Godwin does it all for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's not entirely accurate to say Chris Godwin is an underrated player, because he does get a fair share of attention and praise from media and fans.But when you stop and think about Godwin and the progress he's made this season, it is worth appreciating just how good he ...

Something to build on: Young, inconsistent LBs have room to grow

UNIVERSITY PARK - By traditional Penn State standards, the linebackers have not had a strong season.Next year could be a much different story."We had a lot of youth playing, we had guys switching up positions and we had a lot of stuff going on," sophomore Jason Cabinda said.The linebacker ...

Hoops du Jour

Penn State men vs. ColoradoTipoff: 10:30 p.m., Orleans Arena, Las VegasRecords: Penn State (8-3); Colorado (10-1)Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 64-78 in his fifth season at Penn State and 106-106 in seven seasons overall. Tad Boyle is 118-69 in his sixth season at Colorado and 174-135 in 10 ...

Giger: TaxSlayer Bowl pits two distracted teams

When the major story lines for not one but both teams have very little to do with the actual game, it's easy to wonder how much we're supposed to care about Penn State's bowl matchup against Georgia.PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg is probably playing his last college game.New offensive ...

Pry staying at Penn State

Brent Pry and his many titles are staying put at Penn State after being a finalist for the head coaching job at Georgia Southern.Pry, an Altoona native, is the Nittany Lions' assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He's vital in all three roles, meaning he would ...

Penn State dominates

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The Penn State wrestling team dominated Rider in the team's final dual meet of the first semester Saturday, winning nine of 10 bouts en route to a 38-4 victory.The Nittany Lions, ranked first in the country, are 6-0. Rider fell to 3-4.The dual began at 125 where senior ...

Future is now for some Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK - A number of players not named Christian Hackenberg face decisions about whether or not they will return to Penn State next season.Junior defensive tackle Austin Johnson is considered to be a potential first-round NFL draft pick, and most people feel the upcoming TaxSlayer Bowl ...