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Penn State avoids trap, routs Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Penn State embarrassed Maryland. Again. Maryland embarrassed itself, as well, in what folks in these parts were calling the program’s biggest game in years. It wasn’t a game. At all. It was a laugher. For the third straight year. Sean Clifford had a huge game ...

For Lions, it’s full-steam ahead

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Penn State arrived here unblemished at 3-0, but aside from their season-opening scrimmage against Idaho, the Nittany Lions had yet to put together a complete game. They emphatically checked that box Friday night. The Lions forced a turnover on the game’s fifth play ...

Parsons ejected after targeting call

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons was flagged for targeting and ejected from Friday’s game for a late hit on Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson midway through the first quarter. Jackson completed a 15-yard pass on the play, and the targeting penalty tacked on 15 more ...

PSU vs. Maryland 5 keys: Offenses explosive, yet inconsistent

Five things to look for as Penn State plays a Friday night game at Maryland, which it has outscored 104-6 in the past two meetings. No. 1: That’s really offensive Penn State scored 79 points in a season-opening blowout of Idaho. That same day, Maryland scored 79 in a rout of Howard. No ...

Rudel: Terps’ Holliday is the ultimate host

When it comes to college football play-by-play announcers, there may be no one who has combined more versatility with a longer tenure than Maryland’s Johnny Holliday. Consider some of these impressive resume items: n He emceed the final scheduled concert of the Beatles at Candlestick Park ...

Room to tinker with RBs versus non-con opponents

As soon as Penn State loses a game, then, of course, the answer will be yes. James Franklin’s commitment to playing all four tailbacks has raised more questions than any other aspect of the Nittany Lions’ 3-0 start. He deflected a couple inquiries about it Tuesday, saying, “We’re ...

Journey to find top back should begin with Brown

Depth is great. Playing lots of guys is great. Keeping young players engaged by giving them a chance to compete for playing time is great. Those are all good problems to have for any team. And make no mistake about it, Penn State has a good problem on its hands that there are four promising ...

Encore expected from last week’s victors

The Associated Press As any artist who has ever produced a hit record will attest, the follow-up can be a real challenge. Last week, Wisconsin, Auburn and Southern California were at the top of the charts in college football, registering big wins and looking like teams that could seriously ...

Terps’ punter grandson of ex-AAHS coach

One of Maryland’s punters has Altoona roots. Colton Spangler is a true freshman for the Terps who has punted nine times in the first three games. He averages 40.3 yards per punt, including a 56-yarder in the last game against Temple. Spangler is the grandson of longtime local football and ...

Four-game redshirt rule creates intrigue

A bit of a bombshell dropped in the college football world Monday when Houston’s standout senior quarterback, D’Eriq King, announced he was ending his season so that he could use this as a redshirt year. King has played in four games this season — Houston is just 1-3 under new coach ...

Akers, Pittman picking up momentum

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. The midseason All-Americans will be released Oct. 15. The full three-team AP All-America team presented by Regions Bank will be unveiled in ...

Lions to keep using four running backs

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Maryland (2-1) Kickoff: Friday, 8 p.m., Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium TV: FS1 About the Terps: Second-year coach Mike Locksley has a new QB (Josh Jackson) and new offense that got off to a tremendous start, ...

Contenders move to the front

The Associated Press Highlighted by three games matching top-15 teams, this was the first weekend of the season to seriously separate College Football Playoff contenders and pretenders. Feel free to take a seat at the adults’ table No. 8 Auburn and No. 13 Wisconsin. You, too, No. 12 ...

Big moves highlight latest poll

The Associated Press Wisconsin moved into the top 10 for the first time this season, landing at No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll after a weekend during which seven ranked teams lost. The top of the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank remained mostly unchanged, with ...

Badgers beat up on Michigan

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor needed only a quarter Saturday to improve upon his rushing total from the Badgers’ lopsided loss to Michigan last season. Taylor ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns, Jack Coan added a career-high two rushing touchdowns ...

Giger: Tomlin, Narduzzi, Hurdle all facing heavy scrutiny

This is a bad time to be a major coaching figure in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should be squarely on the hot seat after an 0-2 start. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi just made one of the dumbest decisions you’ll ever see in college football, and he didn’t even think there was ...

End of Pitt series highlighted by Lions’ goal-line stop

UNIVERSITY PARK — For all of his big talk, for all of his public lobbying about keeping the series going, for all of the needling he’s done toward Penn State about inconsequential things (such as last week’s beef over signals), Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi came up small in the biggest moment ...

Finale reflects old-school series

UNIVERSITY PARK — If we don’t see a renewal of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry for years, decades, or even ever, those who were fortunate enough to witness Saturday’s last scheduled game between the neighboring schools were treated to a performance that did the series proud. Penn State won, ...

Pitt-PSU highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 17-10 victory over Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On second-and-goal from the Penn State 1, with six minutes left and the Nittany Lions leading 17-10, Garrett Taylor stopped Pitt ...

Pitt-Penn State notebook

Lions misfire on big-play attempts UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State kept taking shot after shot deep down the field during Saturday’s game, and while the Nittany Lions usually hit a number of those, that wasn’t the case so much against Pitt. Clifford did connect with KJ Hamler for 53 ...