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Penn State’s best defense will need to be solid offense

What unit needs to carry the day at Iowa? By Cory Giger For the Mirror I usually have five keys for Penn State to win a game. Today I’m going with five words. Don’t. Turn. The. Ball. Over. That is indeed the story line of this week’s showdown at Iowa, as James Franklin said ...

PSU can’t savor 5-0 taste too long

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin’s typical postgame routine has almost never included much of a peek ahead. After a win, he’s generally deflected such inquiries with, “I’m going to enjoy this one for the next few hours.” Saturday night, ...

Pry: PSU defense has learned its lesson

James Franklin has praised Penn State’s defensive unit most of the season, saying the Nittany Lions’ have been playing “championship-level defense.’’ A vastly-improved Sean Clifford, Jahan Dotson’s greatness, fewer offensive turnovers and the overall defense have been the main ...

With Brady, celebrate greatness, remember the flaws

Tom Brady’s return to New England will surely be a massive lovefest, at least up until the moment he lines up under center Sunday night for Tampa Bay. With good reason, because there’s a lot to celebrate for the greatest quarterback of his time and the legacy he somehow keeps writing at the ...

US has to win in Europe to turn tide in Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Europe had players who weren’t even born the last time it was beaten this badly in the Ryder Cup by what was clearly a superior American team on Midwestern soil. This wasn’t Sunday at Whistling Straits. This was five years ago at Hazeltine, where the 17-11 outcome ...

Lions not running from their weakness

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Nittany Lions can say they’re 4-0, but they can’t say they’re running over everybody. Penn State came into Saturday’s game with Villanova as the next-to-worst rushing team in the Big Ten, and those numbers didn’t go up in Saturday’s 38-17 win over the FCS ...