October 26, 1991 |
Eighteen times since 1954, the West Virginia Mountaineers have gone into Happy Valley and gotten burned. They would like to continue putting their hands in the fire. Today (ESPN, 4 p.m.), eighth-ranked Penn State (6-2) will welcome West Virginia (5-2) to Beaver Stadium for the final time until probably late in the decade. After next season, when these two long-standing rivals square off in Morgantown, W.V., the series will be discontinued because Penn State joins the Big Ten in 1993.
September 9, 1993 |
Rob Holmberg waited to do something on a football field he'd always remember. He waited and waited. For five years, to be exact. And when that first memorable moment finally came last Saturday at Beaver Stadium, Holmberg was playing a position he had never dreamed he'd be playing, for a university he never anticipated attending. That's how unpredictable college football can be. Holmberg is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker for Penn State from Mount Pleasant, Pa., who runs with the speed and grace of an antelope.
November 7, 1997 |
The wind can howl. Mark Smith won't mind. The rain can pour down. Smith won't mind. The Penn State Blue Band can strike up "Fight on, State. " That's when Smith might start to mind. Smith, a computer expert for a paper company in Wayne, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a loyal Wolverines football fan. Tomorrow, he will sit in a corner of Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., watching Michigan play Penn State. It promises to be a lonely afternoon for Smith and his friends.
November 16, 1989 |
Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz knows that he has diminished the chances of quarterback Tony Rice in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Rice has passed little this season, and most of the Irish's rushing touchdowns have been scored by running backs Ricky Watters and Anthony Johnson. Also, Rice has stood on the sidelines in the late stages of blowouts, with Holtz giving his backups work. Holtz calls Rice a complete quarterback - a leader, a strong runner and a competent passer. "But I don't believe there's any way in the world that we could get the statistics for Tony Rice that would impress other people without being detrimental to the overall goals of the University of Notre Dame," Holtz said.
November 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Matt Rhule fondly remembers Oct. 29, 1994. In his first season as a walk-on, Rhule said he wasn't a factor when then-No. 1 ranked Penn State thrashed No. 21 Ohio State, 63-14. Sure, he didn't play, but that didn't matter much to Rhule. "I'll never forget that energy there," Rhule said. "It was a special day. " That blowout of the Buckeyes isn't the lone highlight of Rhule's playing days at Penn State from 1994 to '97. In fact, the Temple head coach said some of the happiest times of his life took place within the confines of Beaver Stadium.
September 2, 2009 |
Coach: Joe Paterno (44th season, 383-127-3) Last year: 11-2 overall, 7-1 Big Ten Conference (co-champion with Ohio State), No. 8 final national ranking, Rose Bowl loss to Southern California On the Web: GoPSUSports.com Ticket info: Another season opener, another sellout of 107,000 plus in Beaver Stadium. Worth watching: Sean Lee was everybody's preseason All-America at linebacker last season until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in an April 2008 practice.
November 3, 2010
ASSAULT, NOT funny. Stupidity, however, is generally hilarious. This story can arguably be assumed to be the latter. According to an Associated Press report, a Penn State fan, who thought it would be a gas to dress up in Michigan colors at Beaver Stadium, found out you also go black when you Go Blue at Beaver Stadium. The man, whose name was withheld, was assaulted by four unknown Nits fans who mistook him for a Michigan supporter, according to police, after Saturday's 41-31 Penn State win over its Big Ten rival.
December 1, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - With one last singing of the university alma mater and an unemphatic trot off their home field, Penn State's seniors solemnly bade farewell to a half-empty Beaver Stadium. Unlike the euphoria that followed the Nittany Lions' last two regular-season finales - both upset victories - Saturday's postgame emotion wasn't savored. "Because we lost the game," senior linebacker Mike Hull said after the 34-10 drubbing by Michigan State. "It wasn't a good feeling. We got our butts kicked, so we just wanted to get out of there and get away from it. " The Lions (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten)
September 3, 2010 |
The thought is that Youngstown State is being thrown to the wolves, a Football Championship Subdivision member that is headed to Beaver Stadium to play Penn State, the 19th-ranked team among major colleges, before a crowd approaching 100,000. Ah, but the Penguins don't see it that way. The school will make $450,000 for the trip. Eric Wolford is taking part in his first game as a collegiate head coach, and what better way to debut than to have living legend Joe Paterno on the other sideline?
August 20, 1995 |
Less than three months removed from graduating from Coatesville High, and three days before Penn State's 1994 opener against Minnesota, middle linebacker Clint Seace couldn't have felt much better. He'd just intercepted a pass during a noncontact drill and was steaming toward the sideline. Not long afterward, he couldn't have felt much worse. It wasn't so much the pain in his right ankle, which had snapped, it was what he saw when he limped into the dressing room after having two screws inserted during surgery.