January 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State football players emerged from the Lasch Football Building at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after meeting with their new coach, James Franklin, for the first time. Roll was taken at the meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes. Every player attended, including Penn State's five early enrollees. None was made available to the media afterward. On Saturday, Penn State formally introduced Franklin in a news conference at Beaver Stadium. "It is going to be a sprint from here on out, and that is talking to the players, the current players," Franklin said.
January 3, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Dave Joyner sat in the front of the Beaver Stadium press room yesterday and faced the reality: He and Penn State need to find someone to fill the seat he was sitting in and lead a football team onto the field at his back. Again. For the second time in 3 years, Joyner, Penn State's athletic director, and the school are looking for a new person to lead a storied football program, as it was officially announced yesterday that Bill O'Brien has accepted the head coaching job with the Houston Texans.
December 2, 2013 |
MADISON, Wis. - Seniors such as Penn State guard John Urschel were crushed last week when they could not come up with a victory in their final game at Beaver Stadium. But one week later and more than 700 miles away from Happy Valley, Urschel and his fellow seniors celebrated a major upset, Saturday's 31-24 victory over Wisconsin that allowed him to finish his collegiate career with a huge smile on his face. "It's great to get the win," Urschel said. "Honestly, I don't really know what to say. It was a tough loss last week and just to fight all four quarters, it wasn't always pretty, it wasn't always perfect football, but we got it done.
November 24, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When Matt Freeman said he wanted to become the feature baton twirler for Pennsylvania State University, his high school principal in southern California laughed and told him he needed realistic dreams. "I have proved him wrong in everything he's ever told me," Freeman said. For 31/2 years, Freeman - six times a world champion - has dazzled crowds at Beaver Stadium as feature twirler for the Penn State Blue Band. He twirls five batons at once, tosses them high, rolls them on his neck and bounces them like boomerangs.
November 24, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - On the fringe of Penn State's campus, the daunting steel football haven that is Beaver Stadium sits quietly for 358 days a year. But on those seven Saturdays, the second-largest stadium in North America and the area around it filled with burgers and beers come alive. In the last few years, however, fewer people have made the pilgrimage to watch the Nittany Lions, and the stadium's attendance numbers are down for the sixth straight season. Granted, this season's average (96,266)
November 7, 2013 |
The Big Ten road has not been kind to Penn State in 2013. The Nittany Lions have lost both their conference games away from Beaver Stadium by lopsided scores and didn't score a single point in the first quarter of either. Bill O'Brien would like his Nittany Lions (5-3 overall, 2-2 conference) to reverse the trend on Saturday at Minnesota, but it's going to be a difficult task against a team that has won three straight games and has united in its purpose while head coach Jerry Kill reduces his workload to focus on treatment for epilepsy.
November 4, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It's been a rather frustrating season for Penn State tight end Kyle Carter, who hasn't enjoyed the same success he had in Bill O'Brien's offense last year. A redshirt sophomore, Carter made his only catch of the game Saturday a huge one, a 15-yard touchdown reception from Christian Hackenberg in overtime that proved to be the decisive points in the Nittany Lions' 24-17 victory over Illinois at Beaver Stadium. Carter, who grabbed 36 passes before a broken wrist against Nebraska ended his season last year, had only 13 catches before Saturday.
October 25, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - It went down in the box score as a 1-yard run, but it was arguably the best individual play made against Penn State's defense all of last season. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller pulled back a handoff to fake out a defensive end and most of Beaver Stadium, side-stepped a few would-be tacklers and leaped into the end zone during his team's 12-point victory last Oct. 27. A year later, Penn State will get another crack at stopping No. 5 in scarlet and gray, who orchestrates a Buckeye offense that averages 45.0 points and 493.1 yards per game.
October 15, 2013 |
It was the type of game that Penn State fans will talk about for years. Perhaps a million of them will say they were among the 107,884 at Beaver Stadium on a gorgeous mid-October "whiteout" night in Happy Valley. But those are the long-range effects of the Nittany Lions' thrilling, four-overtime, 43-40 victory over 18th-ranked Michigan on Saturday night. The short-range effects were that the Lions could tell the college football world that even with their shortened roster and some inconsistent play at times, they have the heart and moxie to keep fighting their way out of tough spots.
October 14, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - On the first play of the second half, Zach Zwinak fumbled the football over to Michigan's Frank Clark, who ran it in for a touchdown. Zwinak didn't touch the ball again Saturday night in Penn State's 43-40 quadruple overtime victory over Michigan, so Bill Belton entered the fray. Belton stepped up at the end of the fourth quarter as coach Bill O'Brien opted for a heavier run game. By the fourth overtime, Penn State was down three points and facing a fourth and 1. O'Brien said he was tired of trading field goals with the Wolverines.