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.
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.
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?
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.
September 19, 2010 |
STATE COLLEGE - When Happy Valley's most famous resident arrived here from New York 60 years ago, he was the rare visitor to this secluded central Pennsylvania town. "It was a cemetery," recalled Joe Paterno, who came in 1950 as a 23-year-old assistant to Penn State football coach Rip Engle. "You couldn't get a drink. And the only place you could buy a plate of spaghetti was a place called the Tavern. It cost a buck, and they had celery in the sauce!" Pennsylvania's Blue Laws, Centre County's farming roots, and its geographical isolation had conspired to create what Paterno, who's now 83 and in his 45th season as Penn State's Hall of Fame head coach, referred to disparagingly as a "cow town.
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.
September 28, 2000 |
The questions have become so persistent, so predictable, you can imagine Penn State quarterback Rashard Casey mouthing them as they are asked from the other end of the phone line. Rashard, why aren't you screwing defenders into the ground with those thrilling, elusive, highlight-film runs like you did last year? Rashard, why don't you seem to be the free and easy quarterback that you were last year? Rashard, why aren't you completing your throws at the impressive 63 percent rate that you did last season, when you led the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency?
February 4, 2013 |
On freshman orientation day at Penn State, Great Valley's Chris Geiss could easily skip the suggested tour around campus. His father, Robert, was a member of the school's band, and his mother, Pat, played lacrosse for the Nittany Lions. They passed their love of all that is State College along to their son. "Ever since I was born, I've gone to at least one game each season," Chris Geiss said. "It's almost like it's my second home. " In realizing one of his childhood dreams, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior will soon be spending ample time at Beaver Stadium.
September 23, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The rain assailed Beaver Stadium's surfaces, in thick waves rather than straight precipitation. The trenches were soaked, and the players' jerseys were soaked. There was practically no grip, for any player on either line. The first literal slipup often decided who won any given pass rush. "You have to try to [acclimate]," defensive tackle C.J. Olaniyan said. "When you get a hold of somebody, you have to make sure you get a good hold. " The mud of Beaver Stadium proved more familiar to Penn State than Kent State in the Lions' 34-0 shutout Saturday.