September 15, 2016 |
Penn State had touted its up-tempo, no-huddle offense ever since the hiring of Joe Moorhead to be its new offensive coordinator last December. Through the Nittany Lions' first two games, however, the attack hasn't been breaking any speed limits. The Lions offense put up 39 points last Saturday in a loss to Pittsburgh and did a decent job with tempo when you look at the numbers - 66 plays in 24 minutes, 31 seconds of possession time. But there were frequent occasions when it looked as if Penn State had the Panthers defense on its heels, only to watch quarterback Trace McSorley and the rest of the unit look to the sidelines for the next play.
September 15, 2016 |
The consensus on the Temple football team is that the 1-1 Owls aren't anywhere near where they need to be if they hope to approach the success they had last season. One person in particular who believes he needs to step up is quarterback Phillip Walker. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior has even more responsibility than a year ago, when strong senior leadership and production from the upperclassmen resulted in a 10-4 finish. This year's team is still feeling its way, looking for leaders and big-play performers to emerge.
September 10, 2016 |
Facts and Figures The teams played every year from 1900 through 1931, then from 1935 through 1992. From 1903 through 1970, all but six games were played in Pittsburgh, counting Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. The teams also met for three straight years at Three Rivers Stadium from 1974 through 1976. Pitt won 14 straight games from 1922 through 1938. Starting that run in 1913, the Panthers held a 20-1-2 record in that period over Penn State. Penn State's longest winning streak in the series is 10, 1966 through 1975.
September 7, 2016 |
This is Pat Narduzzi's second season as the head coach at Pittsburgh, so he's never had the chance to experience the heightened intensity - not to mention the bad blood - that used to mark the Panthers' 96-game rivalry with Penn State. However, with the two teams preparing to end a 16-year hiatus and meet Saturday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Narduzzi wants to make sure his team's preparation time is unaffected, which is why he told reporters Monday that his players would be off-limits for interviews all week.
September 5, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - After earning Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors while playing for Frankford one year and for George Washington the next, Shareef Miller sat out Penn State's 2015 season as a redshirt and admitted it tested his patience. However, the way Miller played in his collegiate debut Saturday for the Nittany Lions, it appeared to be well worth the wait. Miller, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end, spent much of his playing time in the Kent State backfield, finishing with 1½ sacks and countless hurries, in the Lions' season-opening 33-13 victory over Kent State at Beaver Stadium.
September 4, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State fans have been hearing about a no-huddle, up-tempo offense since Joe Moorhead took over as offensive coordinator in December. They stole a few peeks of it at the Blue-White Game in April but never got a sense of it at full throttle. Now, after a solid month of training camp at which players and coaches regularly extolled the system's qualities, they will get their first chance to see it in game action Saturday when the Nittany Lions open the 2016 season against Kent State at Beaver Stadium.
September 3, 2016 |
A lot of excitement usually accompanies a season-opening game at Beaver Stadium and Saturday will be no exception for Penn State as it introduces a new up-tempo, no-huddle offense. But there are concerns as well, not the least of which is a kicking game that has been one of the lower ranked in the nation the last two years. For the first time since he took over as head coach in January 2014, James Franklin brought in two freshmen on scholarship to challenge for the specialist positions.
August 31, 2016 |
It hasn't been easy for Kent State coach Paul Haynes to get ready for his team's season opener this Saturday at Penn State. The only game film that exists of Trace McSorley, the Nittany Lions' new starting quarterback, comes from last season's TaxSlayer Bowl, and the team has scrapped that offense in favor of a new no-huddle attack. Haynes tried taping the telecast of the Blue-White Game in April to catch some of the new offense, but "you can barely see a lot of the things that happened," he said.
August 27, 2016 |
If James Franklin wanted to surprise Penn State fans at his latest media availability, he would have announced redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens as the team's starting quarterback for its Sept. 3 season opener against Kent State at Beaver Stadium. But even as he admitted that "the statistics were pretty even" in the quarterback competition during the first two-plus weeks of training camp, Franklin decided to go with experience in redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley. It was a safe and smart move by the third-year head coach at the start of an important season.
July 19, 2016
Perhaps concerned that Penn State's status as a national monument to sports-inspired mass delusion was not completely secure, more than 200 former football players recently petitioned university officials to reerect a bronze likeness of tarnished coaching legend Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, which was removed four years ago as a sexual-abuse scandal shook State College. Then, just a week after this latest attempt to rewrite Penn State's modern history, a Philadelphia judge unsealed reports that convicted child predator and longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children there - and that Paterno and other coaches knew about it - as long ago as the Ford administration.