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November 15, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Joe Paterno was still in high school, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games and World War II raged on in Europe. The year was 1941, and to many, that time in history holds special meaning. For old-timer Yankees fans, it's DiMaggio's streak. For film junkies, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" premiered. But for longtime Penn State and Temple fans, they know 1941 for something else: the last time the Nittany Lions lost to the Owls. Anyone with fingers and toes or a calculator can tell you that Temple has gone 72 seasons without defeating Penn State.
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November 15, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PAUL PALMER played at Temple from 1983-86 for Bruce Arians, and of course finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior behind Miami quarterback Vinnie Testaverde. Now an analyst on the Owls' radio broadcasts, he still holds the program records for career rushing yards (4,895) and carries (935) and has the two best single-season totals (1,866, and 1,516 as a junior). In those days, there was no Big East yet. All the Eastern schools were independents. Ditto the Miamis and Florida States of the food chain.
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November 14, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
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.
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November 4, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - On Sept. 9, the streets of downtown State College were swarmed with chanting and smiling students, celebrating the lifting of Penn State's bowl ban. Over the next couple weeks, the Nittany Lions channeled that energy and came away with two victories, pushing their record to a spotless 4-0. The first 4 weeks of the 2014 season jolted the Penn State community with buzzing hope. But since then, the mood at Penn State - and the play on the gridiron - has taken a 180. Four consecutive losses since starting undefeated have the Lions in a precarious position; the last time a Penn State team went four games without a win was in 2004, when the Lions finished 4-7. After losing 20-19 in sloppy fashion to Maryland on Saturday, the Lions (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten)
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November 2, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The officiating controversies and the unexpected fourth-quarter comeback by Penn State in last week's loss to Ohio State overshadowed a shuffling act on the Nittany Lions' offensive line that would have pleased any magician. The key figure in those rearrangements was fourth-year junior center Angelo Mangiro. When starting left tackle Donovan Smith went down with an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound Mangiro moved to right tackle, and right tackle Andrew Nelson moved to the left side.
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November 1, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State-Maryland isn't a rivalry by any stretch of the imagination, but it has potential. The Nittany Lions and the Terrapins play in bordering states, compete for the much of the same recruits, have past connections on each coaching staff, and now will play each other every year in the Big Ten's East Division. But one thing is holding this pairing back from becoming a game worth looking forward to: winning on both sides. And for that, don't blame Penn State.
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November 1, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State and Maryland are in border states. Their teams have met on the football field 37 times. So when they face each other Saturday at Beaver Stadium for the first time since 1993, it means the rebirth of a rivalry, right? Uh, it depends on whom you ask. Maryland coach Randy Edsall looks forward to making this a rivalry. As for Penn State's James Franklin, not so much. "This is a Big Ten game for us and we're excited about playing a Big Ten game," Franklin said after practice Wednesday.
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October 30, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
If he didn't have enough to deal with during Penn State's three-game losing streak, James Franklin is trying to find ways to make the Nittany Lions' punting game more consistent. Franklin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference that he will hold an open competition this week among his three punters - starter Chris Gulla, a redshirt freshman, and freshmen Daniel Pasquariello and Robby Liebel. The punting has hurt Penn State (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten), particularly in the narrow loss to Michigan and the double-overtime loss to Ohio State.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin walked into the Beaver Stadium press room and thanked everyone for coming. But instead of continuing his opening statement, he paused. With his head down, Franklin tried to find the right words. After taking 10 seconds to collect himself, the misty-eyed coach held back tears and proceeded. "I want to thank the fans. We had an unbelievable environment tonight," Franklin said. "I'm really proud of Penn State. An example of, when we all come together as a family, we have a chance to do some special things.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin's brain constantly churns. Frequently waking up in the middle of the night, Franklin said he has a reputation for texting fellow coaches or administrators at 3 or 4 in the morning about potential play-calls or how practices are run. The first-year Penn State coach also acknowledged having audio recorders and notebooks beside his bed to capture his middle-of-the-night epiphanies. Why does he do this? The coach wants to make sure he doesn't forget anything, something he can't afford to do. Because when it comes to life - including, but not limited to, football - Franklin knows he can get better.
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