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Nittany Lions need someone to start making plays

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Wisconsin (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Badgers: They’ve been a disappointment at 6-3, losing to BYU, Michigan and Northwestern. … Veteran QB Alex Hornibrook is ...

Giger: PSU has some big problems that will be hard to solve

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan, 42-7. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, including at home to Ohio State and Michigan State. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 42-7 loss to Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback D McSorley clearly limited, didn’t have much time and had couple more drops. But he also missed ...

PSU left stunned by blowout loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The annihilation in Ann Arbor, take two, came as a shock to this Penn State football team — and to just about everyone else. It was stunning to watch a PSU offense that’s been so prolific for the past two years be so awful against No. 5 Michigan before 111,747 fans ...

Housed: Michigan has way with Lions

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Big House is too big for Penn State. For the second time in three years, the Nittany Lions laid an egg against the Wolverines, losing 42-7, before 111,747 Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Two years ago, the 49-10 loss was early in the third season of James Franklin’s ...

PSU-Michigan highlights, lowlights

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 42-7 loss to Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium: Play of the game: Michigan cornerback Brandon Watson returned an interception by Tommy Stevens 62 yards for a touchdown with nine seconds left in the ...

Penn State-Michigan notebook

Wolverines wanted to run up score ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s players wanted to keep scoring and rub it in Saturday night because they felt that’s what Penn State tried to do in last year’s meeting. “This one was definitely personal, knowing that they tried to score at the end ...

Staff’s growing pains show

For better or worse over its long history, but mostly for the better, Penn State football has been spoiled by the stability of its coaching staff. Even with Bill O’Brien’s two years, Penn State has only had four head coaches in the last 68 years. Of course, Joe Paterno’s 46-year ...

Nittany Lions will need McSorley to be healthy

Five things to look for as No. 14 Penn State looks to upset No. 5 Michigan on the road and thereby knock the Wolverines out of the College Football Playoff picture. No. 1: Need a good knee Trace McSorley injured his right knee last week against Iowa and missed a few series before returning ...

PSU well positioned for future contention

The Wolverines look like they have the inside track to the College Football Playoff, at least this year, but I’ll go out on a limb and say Penn State will get to the CFP first. Penn State is not a final four candidate this year, having squandered that opportunity by dropping consecutive ...

Begrudgingly picking Michigan in spite of overrated Harbaugh

Ugh. I hate taking the side of Jim Harbaugh, the most overrated coach in college football, on just about anything. But I will here, based on some simple facts and personal assumptions. Michigan, No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, has a strong mathematical chance to make ...

Game in 2016 was turning point for Penn State

It’s hard to believe it’s been only two years, given everything that’s happened in the meantime, but pretty much everything was different the last time Penn State visited Michigan. You remember that game, right? Unless you’ve simply chosen to erase it from your memory ...

Freshman linebacker Parsons wants to do it all at Penn State

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, 3:45 p.m., Michigan Stadium TV: ESPN About the Wolverines: They are No. 5 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday night, making them the ...

PSU leaning on vets, talented youngsters

STATE COLLEGE — Pat Chambers has spent enough time at Beaver Stadium to know the excitement building around his basketball program is measurable in ways it once wasn’t. Fan reactions to his recorded scoreboard promos have been noticeably louder and more people are approaching the Nittany ...

Franklin brought criticism on himself after ‘elite’ comments

We almost — almost! — got to hear James Franklin let loose with some real frustration and perhaps even anger during his postgame press conference following Saturday’s win over Iowa. It would have been interesting to see and hear, if for no other reason than we seldom have gotten to see ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 30-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B+ A for effort, B for performance. McSorley just 11-of-25 for 167 with a pick-6, but his gutsy ...

Wild, wacky ending adds to PSU’s triumph

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State played about as poorly as possible early on against Iowa, then came the “oh no” moment in the opening moments of the second quarter. Trace McSorley, a tough son of a gun who has always taken a licking and kept on ...

Lions hang on to right their ship

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin awoke to a rainy Saturday morning and, being the glass half-full guy that he definitely is, he immediately tried to get his team in a positive frame of mind. He told the Nittany Lions at breakfast it’s “a beautiful day in Happy Valley. There’s no better ...

PSU-Iowa highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 30-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Leading 30-24, Penn State allowed Iowa to move 72 yards to the Nittany Lions’ 3 when safety ...

Penn State-Iowa notebook

Pinegar shows he can be special Like it has all season, No. 17 Penn State’s special teams played a crucial role in the team’s 30-24 victory over No. 18 Iowa. On Saturday, it could be argued that no player was more important to Penn State’s success than true freshman kicker Jake ...