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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 ...

Michigan State loses in final seconds

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Eno Benjamin reached the ball to the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining, and Arizona State beat No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday after the Spartans had a tying field goal negated for having too many men on the ...

Big-play ability gives PSU edge

Five things to look for as Penn State and Pitt play for the 100th time, with everyone fully aware this could be the last meeting between the in-state rivals for a long time. No. 1: Big plays Penn State’s offense needs to start playing with some consistency, getting more contributions from ...

Taking a shot at Franklin: Narduzzi scoffing at Lions’ signals challenge

We nearly made it through Penn State-Pitt week without any squawking or trash talk between the teams, but that ended Thursday when Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi decided he needed to get something “off my chest.” Narduzzi met with the Pittsburgh media on Thursday, and they asked him some ...

The never-ending story: Franklin addresses issues of scheduling Pitt

James Franklin would like to see Penn State and Pitt play again at some point in the future, but he added a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen. “I think we’ve got to be creative in the ways that we look at it,” Franklin said Tuesday. The biggest issue at this ...

Former Penn State kicker takes over for Jets

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Next up on the Jets’ constantly spinning kicking carousel: Sam Ficken. New York signed Ficken, their fourth kicker since July, on Tuesday to try to solve their ongoing kicking woes. The team also announced it waived Kaare Vedvik after he missed an extra ...

Narduzzi enjoys talking about ‘big game’

PITTSBURGH — Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi has never made any secret of the fact he thinks the Panthers should play Penn State every year, but he knows it could be a long while before the teams meet again after Saturday. “I’m going to emphasize to our kids, ‘You might be the last team to ...

Pitt-PSU game can go away now

It’s Penn State-Pitt week once again. The last one we will see for some time. And truth be told, I’m perfectly fine with that. At the risk of sounding blasphemous around these here parts, it’s OK with me that the Nittany Lions and Panthers are wrapping up their ...

An SEC world in a college football universe

The Associated Press The Southeastern Conference held three of the top four spots in The Associated Press college football poll after LSU’s road victory against Texas pushed the Tigers to No. 4. Clemson remained No. 1 on Sunday, receiving 56 first-place votes out of 62 in the Top 25 ...

Michigan needs 2 OTs for win

The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan is off to a wobbly start this season and Army almost took advantage. Jake Moody made a 43-yard field goal and the seventh-ranked Wolverines forced and recovered a fumble to hold on for a 24-21 double-overtime win over the Black Knights on ...

Top 25 roundup

Colorado 34, No. 25 Nebraska 31, OT BOULDER, Colo. — James Stefanou’s 34-yard field goal in overtime gave Colorado its first lead and the Buffaloes beat Nebraska when punter Isaac Armstrong’s 49-yard try sailed wide right. The students stormed the field in celebration of the ...

Tennessee opens season at home at 0-2

The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ty’Son Williams scored a 5-yard touchdown run in the second overtime after BYU made a stunning drive for a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds of regulation as the Cougars edged Tennessee 29-26 on Saturday. The Vols (0-2) lost at home to ...

Another tuneup: Lions looking for another blowout win

Five things to look for as Penn State hosts Buffalo in a night game looking for another blowout non-conference victory. No. 1: Dominant defense Buffalo does not have a strong offense and has a new starting quarterback, so Penn State’s defense should be in control of the game. The Bulls ...

Terps, Buckeyes happy with QBs

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — With so few games in a football season and such a long wait to get to them, there is no event quite like the opener. Regardless of opponent, live action of teams on the field after so many months of practice and speculation can sure make a strong ...

Giger: Night games are a blast! Let’s have lots of them

I think Neil’s bedtime is 10:30. He starts to get a little cranky after that. So it’s understandable he doesn’t like a bunch of night games. Penn State’s just poking the bear scheduling these things. I love night games. I stay up late anyway, so it’s no bother to me. I’m ...

Franklin defends offense

Penn State kept playing football in the second half of Saturday’s 79-7 massacre of FCS foe Idaho, with backups manning most positions. The Nittany Lions didn’t just sit on the ball as the score kept getting more and more lopsided, and the final may have made some people wonder if PSU ...

The cupcake business: Scheduling FCS foes all about the Benjamins

Penn State embarrassed a really, really bad Idaho team Saturday, 79-7, and by this point, we all know why these kinds of games are played. Big teams eat up the cupcake opponents, who in turn get tons of money to take back to their campus and use it to fund the rest of their athletic ...

Clifford meets first-game challenge

UNIVERSITY PARK — OK, let’s not get too carried away with anything that happened Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Idaho just didn’t provide the kind of barometer for the Nittany Lions to gauge themselves. The final score was 79-7, and it wasn’t that close. But, when you’re breaking ...