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Penn State will need to be physical against Iowa

Five things to look for as Penn State tries to run its winning streak to five against an Iowa team that could serve as a major challenge to the hopes of a 10-2 season. No. 1: Tough it out The one thing you can always count on from Iowa is an extremely physical game, with the Hawkeyes trying ...

Moorhead has offense playing well

Joe Moorhead’s impact on Penn State’s offense has been enormous in his first season as coordinator, with the Nittany Lions putting up substantially better numbers than last year in most areas. Penn State’s scoring average is up more than 10 points per game, from 23.2 to 33.6, and the ...

Iowa visit toughest test left

This isn’t an easy question as I feel next week’s game at atmosphereless Indiana will not be a pushover. But the toughest remaining game on Penn State’s schedule is Saturday night against Iowa. Michigan State is a shell of itself and, for that reason, who knows what kind of mindset ...

Big Ten will play football on Friday

Friday night games are coming to the Big Ten, but they won’t be coming to Beaver Stadium. The Big Ten revealed Wednesday that it will be adding Friday night contests starting next year, as part of its new TV package with ABC and Fox. A couple of hours later, Penn State Athletics released a ...

Retherford not resting on laurels

UNIVERSITY PARK — Large pictures of Penn State NCAA champions hang on the wall in the warm Lorenzo Wrestling Complex wrestling room. At the very end of a row of 25 champions who have won 32 titles is Zain Retherford’s picture. The redshirt junior breezed to the 149-pound title last year. ...

Big games set on SEC schedule

Auburn and LSU played the last weekend of September and both coaches were under pressure. The ugly game had a bizarre ending. The next day LSU fired coach Les Miles, while Auburn and Gus Malzahn were feeling fortunate to be 2-2. Now it’s November and both SEC West Tigers are in the race not ...

Indiana PSU’s biggest challenge

Penn State is better than each team left on its schedule, which is why everyone is talking about a possible 10-2 season and perhaps even a Rose Bowl appearance. When trying to figure out the toughest game left, we have to consider all factors. The Iowa game on Saturday is a night contest at ...

PSU No. 12 on playoff watch list

Penn State shocked everyone with its win over Ohio State two weeks ago, and Tuesday night the College Football Playoff Committee shocked everyone by giving the Nittany Lions a huge reward for that victory. Penn State is ranked No. 12 in the initial CFP poll, a major surprise given that the AP ...

Penn State knows what to expect from Hawkeyes

UNIVERSITY PARK — A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Iowa (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday 7:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: BTN About the Hawkeyes: They’re coming off a bye week, and they lost their last game at home against Wisconsin, 17-9. … ...

Moorhead proving to be great hire for PSU

Commentary How many of you Penn State fans feel that what you’re watching with the offense these days is like some sort of dream? Something you’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Aggressive. Taking a bunch of shots down the field. Quick-strike ability. Scoring 62 points, for ...

Plenty are eligible for bowl games

It’s been a rough year for two of the Mid-American Conference’s heavyweights. Northern Illinois and Bowling Green, which faced each other in the league title game each of the past three seasons, are a combined 3-13 this season. Bowling Green (1-7) is one of only seven teams that already ...

Full steam ahead

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — “That’s a big number,” running back Saquon Barkley said of the point total. The biggest for Penn State, in fact, in eight years. And it happened in a hurry. The Nittany Lions obliterated Purdue on Saturday, 62-24, pouring on 45 points in the second half to ...

Penn State looking like its old self again

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A caste system, featuring the haves and the have nots, has generally existed in college football for decades. Fast forward to the year 2050, and it’s a pretty safe bet Alabama will still be pretty good. And Purdue probably won’t be. There may be some trends at ...

PSU-Purdue highlights, lowlights

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 62-24 victory over Purdue on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium: Play of the game: After forcing a Penn State punt early in the third quarter, down 24-17, Purdue returner Bilal Marshall fumbled, and it was ...

Penn State-Purdue notebook

PSU brings own juice — boxes WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Penn State coaches pulled off a funny prank with the players Friday, handing out juice boxes to the team. Coach James Franklin had talked all week about the need for the team to bring its own “juice” on the road, creating ...

Penn State-Purdue scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER Penn State 7, Purdue 0: The Lions drove 85 yards for a TD on the game’s opening drive. A 23-yard pass from Trace McSorley to Mike Gesicki converted a third-and-10 from their own 38, then McSorley hit Saquon Barkley on a short middle pass that turned into a 37-yard gain to the ...

Personal Pry-de

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Last week’s huge upset of No. 2 Ohio State wasn’t just a game-changing, milestone win for James Franklin, it also was a giant feather in the cap that could have a major impact on the career of his longtime friend, defensive coordinator Brent Pry. Given all the ...

PSU, Barkley can run wild

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State goes for its fourth straight win at Purdue and tries to avoid a letdown following last week’s upset of No. 2 Ohio State. No. 1: Running wild The Boilermakers have been really bad stopping the run, so this ...

Lions can’t overlook Purdue

For the first time in his Penn State tenure, James Franklin gets a chance to show how well his team can handle prosperity. Franklin has presided over victories before, 18 of them with the Nittany Lions, but nothing nearly as significant as Saturday night’s one-for-the-ages decking of No. 2 ...

Special teams made it a win, rather than close loss

Commentary There’s no doubt Penn State’s defense played an excellent game against Ohio State. The team, in fact, had a terrific night of complementary football, getting timely contributions from all three phases. But read this week’s question to the right carefully. It says, ...