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Brown, Parsons make AP Bowl Team

Joe Burrow and Justin Jefferson were easy selections for The Associated Press All-Bowl Team after they connected for four first-half touchdowns in LSU’s College Football Playoff semifinal blowout of Oklahoma. Selecting the rest of the team wasn’t nearly as simple. Although the season ...

Rough second half dooms PSU at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers’ season of expectations is off to a historic start in conference play. Ron Harper Jr. had 22 points to help Rutgers beat No. 20 Penn State 72-61 on Tuesday night as the Scarlet Knights are 3-1 for the first time as member of the Big Ten. The last time Rutgers ...

Lions now face key changes

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State wrestling fans need to make sure their seat belts are buckled and their chair backs are in the upright and locked position because there’s some turbulence ahead. Nittany Lion head coach Cael Sanderson confirmed Tuesday in the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex there ...

Philly special: Nittany Lions earn key win in wild game at The Palestra

PHILADELPHIA — After making a layup with just 41 seconds to play, Lamar Stevens screamed four words. “This is my city,” the senior forward yelled after his bucket gave Penn State an 83-79 advantage in its only opportunity to play at one of the country’s most historic gyms, The ...

Walking on air: Light, Hilling having a blast at Penn State

Vlad Hilling called it a dream come true. Denver Light says it’s the best decision he’s ever made. There’s no telling if the two Blair County walk-ons will ever make big contributions on the field at Penn State. But both young men are having the time of their lives being members of the ...

Rudel: New Penn State O-line coach was in the works

It turns out James Franklin was as busy shuffling his coaching staff as he was preparing for the Cotton Bowl. On Dec. 9, Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne was named Old Dominion’s head coach, and on Dec. 26, Kirk Ciarrocca was named to succeed him. Then on New Year’s Eve, ...

Penn State hires new offensive line coach

Penn State has hired Boston College offensive line coach Phil Trautwein to fill the same position on the Nittany Lion staff. Trautwein’s name emerged as a leading candidate early Friday in a report by Yahoo Sports, and PSU announced the hiring later in the evening. He replaces Matt ...

Moorhead fired by MSU

Mississippi State fired Joe Moorhead after just two seasons Friday, making the unusual decision to dismiss a coach after a bowl game. The Bulldogs went 14-12 under Moorhead, who was previously the offensive coordinator at Penn State. He was hired after the 2017 season when Dan Mullen left ...

Hamler heading to NFL

KJ Hamler wasn’t just Penn State’s best wide receiver the past two seasons, his production dwarfed that of every other wideout on the squad. The Nittany Lions could have a difficult time replacing Hamler, who on Tuesday night announced that he’s giving up his final two years of college ...

Limegrover won’t return at PSU

Penn State is looking for a new offensive line coach after announcing Tuesday that Matt Limegrover’s contract will not be renewed. Limegrover spent the past four seasons with the Nittany Lions after joining the program from Minnesota. “We appreciate all of Matt’s contributions to our ...

Running away with it: Brown’s 202 yards carries Lions to win

DALLAS — Penn State ran all over Memphis in a wild and wacky Deep South shootout at the Cotton Bowl. Journey Brown, who once ran for a staggering 722 yards in a high school game, gashed the Tigers’ defense with the biggest rushing effort in PSU bowl history. Brown’s journey to the ...

PSU-Memphis highlights, lowlights

DALLAS — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 53-39 victory over Memphis on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl game at AT&T Stadium: Play of the game: On third-and-8 from the Memphis 24, Micah Parsons pressured Memphis quarterback Brady White, whose attempt at a flip ...

Penn State-Memphis notebook

Parsons sensational for PSU DALLAS — The scary thing, for Penn State opponents, is that Micah Parsons can only get better. The consensus first-team All-American put on a show in Saturday’s Cotton Bowl, making one big play after another and dominating about as much as a linebacker ...

Keep your head in the game: Lions will need right mindset against Memphis

DALLAS — The bowl season, especially the non-College Football Playoff games, can be littered with duds. Witness the 14-0 (lack of) effort Miami — the U, not of Ohio — mailed in during Thursday’s Independence Bowl loss to Louisana Tech that resulted in the Hurricanes’ offensive ...

Nittany Lions in familiar situation for Cotton Bowl

DALLAS — Five things to look for as Penn State plays in its third New Year’s Six bowl game in four years against a Memphis team looking to make a big splash against a marquee opponent. No. 1: Strength vs. strength Penn State has an excellent defense. Memphis has an excellent offense. ...

Barbour talking shop

DALLAS — Major renovations to Beaver Stadium are still “years away,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said Friday, but the athletic department is committed to keeping up with the Joneses when it comes to spending on sports programs. Barbour addressed numerous topics during her ...

PSU hires new OC

James Franklin found another Pennsylvania boy with a Penn State heart to be the Nittany Lions’ new offensive coordinator. Franklin hired Kirk Ciarrocca away from Minnesota, where he had been offensive coordinator the past three seasons. Ciarrocca has a wealth of experience at the position, ...

Coordinator needs freedom to make changes

This is exactly the kind of hire James Franklin should have made for the offensive coordinator job. The key word there is “kind.” I cannot sit here and tell you Kirk Ciarrocca is a home run hire who will do Joe Moorhead type of things for Penn State’s offense. No one can predict the ...

QB Clifford healthy again for bowl game

UNIVERSITY PARK — The grind of taking hit after hit finally got to quarterback Sean Clifford at the end of the regular season, but he should be back to 100 percent when Penn State plays Memphis in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. “I feel good,” Clifford said Friday. “Definitely near the ...