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Nittany Lions dominate intrastate rival Panthers

PITTSBURGH — A lot of people waited a long time for the return of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry. But after the humiliating debacle that unfolded Saturday night, the ending of this series renewal might not come quickly enough for many fans. The Nittany Lions played OK. Just OK. They made a lot ...

Panthers collapse on their own stage

PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi entered the final scheduled home game between these two old Eastern foes making no bones about the fact that the Penn State rivalry has extra meaning to his program. Maybe, in fact, it means too much. Pitt rolled out the most decorated of its incredibly ...

PSU-Pitt highlights, lowlights

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com PITTSBURGH — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 51-6 victory over Pitt on Saturday night at Heinz Field: Play of the game: Down 7-6 late in the first half, Pitt punter Kirk Christodoulou bobbled a snap and was snowed ...

Penn State-Pitt notebook

Givens returns from suspension PITTSBURGH — Defensive tackle Kevin Givens started Saturday’s game after being suspended for the season opener against Appalachian State for violating team rules. Givens had a big impact, frequently getting into the backfield and finishing with a team-high ...

Narduzzi embarrassed by Pitt’s performance

PITTSBURGH — When Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi got hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for complaining about a substitution, it put the exclamation point on how the Panthers lost their composure in Saturday night’s 51-6 loss to Penn State at Heinz Field. The meltdown was apparent in all ...

PSU, Pitt should work out a series

I’d like to start off by saying that Penn State does not have a permanent ongoing rivalry at this time. There has been only one rivalry in my lifetime, and that has been Pitt vs. Penn State. Those of us in our 50s through 80s know that Pitt and Penn State played back in the late 1960s ...

Coach takes blame for Purdue’s upset loss

The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Chad Ryland delivered Eastern Michigan a thrilling victory over the Purdue as time expired on Saturday. The freshman kicker made the late go-ahead field goal from 24 yards to lift the Eagles over the Boilermakers 20-19. Quarterback Tyler ...

Nittany Lions, Panthers aim for bragging rights

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State and Pitt renew their rivalry in what should turn out to be a fun and competitive game. No. 1: Scoring in bunches Penn State has Trace McSorley and an explosive offense, so it should have the advantage. It’s ...

Audition over, PSU must reverse trend

Through the last couple of seasons, during its rise from the post-sanctions era and establishment of James Franklin’s tenure to Big Ten champion and annual league contender, it’s become apparent that Penn State’s success is largely tied to having to score 40 points in order to win. ...

Lions missed chance by selecting Temple

I realize this series is never coming back to the place where it holds so many fond memories for players and fans alike. Penn State-Pitt was the No. 1 game and season-ender on each other’s schedules, and we all know the history of how the schools went their separate ways. Pitt remains ...

Simon earns recognition

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State true freshman soccer player Anna Simon was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The honor for the Nittany Lion defender is Penn State’s second Big Ten weekly award of the young season. Simon scored her first collegiate goals to lead Penn State to a ...

As usual, Franklin gives Pitt his full attention

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Welcome to Super Bowl LV week of the James Franklin era at Penn State. That’s 55 for the Roman numeral-challenged, representing the 55th game of Franklin’s PSU tenure. “This is the Super Bowl for us,” the coach said of Saturday’s game at ...

Givens expected back against Pitt

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Pitt (1-0) Kickoff: Saturday 8 p.m., Heinz Field TV: ABC About the Panthers: They beat Albany in opener, 33-7. … New starting QB is sophomore Kenny Pickett, who went 16-of-22 for 154 yards, two TDs and one INT ...

Narduzzi stresses rivalry’s importance

The rivalry between Pittsburgh and Penn State is one that dates back nearly 100 years. The two teams have played each other a total of 98 times, with this Saturday’s contest marking the 99th installment in the in-state clash. The Nittany Lions have not played more games against any other ...

Penn State women’s soccer celebrates 25th season

Looking back at 1994, Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Lion King were big at the box office; computer zip drives and the George Foreman grill were new inventions on the market; a gallon of gasoline cost just $1.11, and the Penn State varsity women’s soccer team took the field for the first ...

That kind of ‘D’ won’t cut it

Penn State gave up 38 points to a mid-major at home Saturday night, barely escaping Appalachian State with a 45-38 OT victory. So, the defense is awful, right? It sure looked that way. But maybe, just maybe things won’t be as bad as they appeared in the opener. I’ve made no secret of ...

Specific parking rules for PSU-Pitt Saturday

PITTSBURGH — Heinz Field Management, the University of Pittsburgh, ALCO Parking and the Pittsburgh Pirates have announced traffic and parking policies in advance of the Pitt vs. Penn State football game set for this Saturday. The North Shore schedule for the day includes the 1:05 p.m. ...

Oruwariye’s OT interception helps PSU avoid disaster

UNIVERSITY PARK — Teams like Appalachian State make sports fun. And unpredictably zany. Eleven years to the day after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college football history, a 34-32 stunner at No. 5 Michigan, the small school from the mountains of Boone, N.C., nearly shocked the ...

For openers, Lions raise their share of questions

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State opened its season with a wildly-entertaining 45-38 overtime victory Saturday over Appalachian State that anyone who witnessed had to enjoy. Well, almost anyone. “I started the game at 46 years old,” James Franklin said afterward. “I ended it at ...

Penn State notebook

UNIVERSITY — Defensive tackle Kevin Givens did not play in Saturday’s opener as he was suspended for violating team rules and was on the sideline in street clothes. It’s unclear what rule Givens broke, and also unclear if he will be available to play next week at Pitt. Coach James ...