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Offense may have few new tweeks for IU

Penn State's offense will have some creative new wrinkles on the field this week, and one thing that's expected to disappear on the sideline will be quarterback Christian Hackenberg showing his frustration by yelling at coaches or teammates.Coach James Franklin promised that everyone will see ...

Big Ten punishes Terps

Maryland's pregame shenanigans against Penn State on Saturday landed the Terps several punishments, which where handed down Monday by the Big Ten.Coach Randy Edsall received a public reprimand because the league office deemed he "failed to control his team prior to the game when Maryland ...

Hoosiers’ offense struggling

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's quarterbacks can't seem to avoid taking hits - on or off the field.After losing their top two quarterbacks with season-ending injuries last month at Iowa, the Hoosiers could be without backup Nate Boudreau on Saturday.Boudreau took only three snaps in last ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel's report card from Penn State's 20-19 loss to Maryland on Saturday at Beaver Stadium:POSITION GRADE COMMENTQuarterback D-Under siege, but may have been Hackenberg's worst start in two years.Went 18-of-42 for 177, one TD and one pick. Fumbled three times, losing two. ...

Giger: Hack gets the blame this time

Looking back at Saturday and ahead for the Penn State football team.Looking back* 5 things not to like1. Christian Hackenberg: For most of the season, so many people have been hesitant to put too much blame on the quarterback because he's playing behind a sieve of an offensive line.But it's ...

Maryland-PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 20-19 loss to Maryland on Saturday at Beaver Stadium:Play of the game: After the Terrapins cut Penn State's lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter, Lion freshman kickoff returner Grant Haley fumbled at the PSU 24. ...

Maryland-Penn State notebook

Hackenberg: No issues with coachesUNIVERSITY PARK - Christian Hackenberg's growing frustrations have been clearly visible as the season has gone on, both in his sideline communications with coaches and in his body language.The quarterback's frustrations are understandable given that he has ...

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTERPenn State 3, Maryland 0: The Lions started with good field position at the 34 after an unsportsmanlike penalty before the game on the Terps. Christian Hackenberg came out sharp, hitting his first four passes, including a 17-yard throw to Geno Lewis to the Maryland 31. The drive ...

PSU kicker enjoying solid season as senior

UNIVERSITY PARK - After booting a season-long 48-yard field goal to give his Nittany Lions the lead in the closing minutes, Penn State place-kicker Sam Ficken ran down the field."I always endorse competition," Ficken said. "Obviously, making that field goal was pretty big at that point, so I ...

PSU offense, special teams struggle in loss

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State has a one-dimensional football team right now, which is why it suffered a historic loss Saturday afternoon.The Nittany Lions' defense does everything it can to help the team win, but those efforts are just not enough."We understand circumstances," defensive end ...

Pre-game act taints Terps’ win

UNIVERSITY PARK - Maybe in the history of football, not just Penn State football, this has happened before.But I doubt it.Maryland's captains - its designated leaders - reported to midfield for the pre-game coin flip Saturday afternoon, and when Penn State's captains extended their hands for ...

What could have been?

Some gameday observations while believing if Penn State plans to get to seven wins, one of them has to come today:There's some irony to this matchup in that Maryland was supposed to be coached by James Franklin.Yes, Franklin was Maryland's coach-in-waiting in 2010. He was waiting for mentor ...

Resiliency of PSU, Maryland could determine winner

Five things to look for as Penn State tries to snap a three-game losing streak and uphold its historical dominance over Maryland (35-1-1 all-time in the series).No. 1: Who bounces back?Both teams suffered disappointing losses last week, in very different ways. The Nittany Lions fell in ...

PSU loses fourth straight, 20-19 to Maryland

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State hadn't lost to Maryland since 1961 and owned a 35-1-1 record in the all-time series, but that dominance ended Saturday.The Terps won for the first time ever at Beaver Stadium, 20-19, getting a go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left to beat the Nittany ...

Ventura living a dream

Saturday will be very special for Hollidaysburg product J.T. Ventura, who is expected to be on the travel roster for Maryland when it visits Penn State."I had the date Nov. 1, 2014 in my mind since I signed with Maryland," Ventura said this week."It's unreal. It's always been one of my goals to ...

Injury thrusts young Lynch into lead running back

Akeel Lynch's long-awaited opportunity to make a big contribution at tailback for Penn State finally has arrived, but not the way he wanted it to."It's always sad when you see one of your friends go down, but then you realize it's your turn to step up," Lynch said. "It is bittersweet, but you ...

Franklin putting backups in motion

UNIVERSITY PARK - Freshman Troy Apke will make his Penn State debut this weekend against Maryland.With Ryan Keiser out for the remainder of the season with an injury, coach James Franklin said Apke will burn his redshirt to alleviate gaps on special teams.Marcus Allen will take Keiser's spot at ...

Franklin clears air on Keiser’s medical condition

Some scary details emerged Tuesday about why Penn State safety Ryan Keiser will have to miss the rest of the season, but coach James Franklin refuted one potentially dangerous aspect that had been reported about Keiser's medical condition.Keiser was injured in practice Thursday, suffering a ...

Lame calls, career days and high-octane home stretch

Some general observations while marveling at how fast football season flies by ...Not sure the purpose of having instant replay in college football when calls can still be so terribly wrong.Two obviously blown calls in Saturday's Penn State-Ohio State game resulted in Buckeye scores, impacting ...

Despite losing talent to graduation, Penn State’s Washington confident

Penn State womens basketball coach Coquese Washington answered several questions Monday regarding her squad's upcoming season.Q: After a trip to the Sweet 16 last year and now losing the seniors due to graduation last year, are expectations levels just as high as they are coming into every ...