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October 7, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - When one sees Christian Hackenberg changing plays at the line of scrimmage and dodging ferocious pass rushers and completing a pass in a small window, it's hard to believe that he's 18 years old and a veteran of just five college football games. The Penn State freshman got a taste of his first-ever Big Ten road game Saturday and threw 55 passes, a school record, but wound up on the short end of a 44-24 count against Indiana. Hackenberg, who broke Kerry Collins' mark of 54 attempts against Brigham Young in 1992, had career highs for completions (30)
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September 23, 2013 | By Dan Norton, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 19, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, Bill O'Brien's primary complaint about Penn State's mediocre defensive performance against Central Florida concerned poor tackling. "Sometimes we tackled them, sometimes we didn't," the Nittany Lions coach said Tuesday at his weekly teleconference with reporters. The Lions (2-1) yielded 507 total yards Saturday night in their 34-31 loss to UCF at Beaver Stadium. The Knights' skill players relied on their speed combined with a dozen - maybe two dozen, maybe more - missed tackles to churn out big plays, 10 of 20 yards or more.
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September 16, 2013
Saturday at 6 p.m., Beaver Stadium, State College Records: Central Florida, 2-0. Penn State, 2-0. TV/Radio: Big Ten Network; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Central Florida, George O'Leary (17th season, 114-88); Penn State, Bill O'Brien (second season, 10-4). Series: The two teams met in 2002 and 2004 with Penn State winning both times, but the victories were vacated by NCAA sanctions. Three things to watch Penn State's execution on third down must be more precise than its first two games, when the Nittany Lions converted just two of 26 third-down opportunities, the worst in the nation.
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September 15, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - After going from Penn State's opening-day starter at running back to injured player to reserve during the 2012 season, Bill Belton could have been frustrated. Perhaps he thought there was little or no chance that it would work out for him with the Nittany Lions. Still, Belton remained optimistic with the help of his parents and the guy calling the shots, coach Bill O'Brien, who told him what he needed to do to improve at what was, for Belton, a relatively new position.
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September 10, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Not long after John Cappelletti had his jersey retired in a halftime ceremony, his famed No. 22 willed its way into the end zone. Saturday was a memorable afternoon for the double deuce at Beaver Stadium. Cappelletti, the only Heisman Trophy winner in Penn State history, became the first player in the program to have his number retired. And Akeel Lynch, who wears No. 22, ran for 108 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut. Cappelletti spoke to the Nittany Lions after their 45-7 win over Eastern Michigan, and had a special message for Lynch.
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September 8, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State coach Bill O'Brien seemed to be in a jovial mood during his weekly radio show this week, giving lighthearted answers to questioners asking about his team's struggles on third down, why he didn't use the shotgun more and rushing against a stacked defense. But as the hour wore on Thursday night and the questions about last Saturday's opening-day shortcomings continued, O'Brien's answers became shorter and less humorous. Finally, the coach had something to say. "I've been asked about third-down percentage, hot reads, the shotgun, running into a nine-man front," he said.
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August 15, 2013
Penn State will play San Diego State in football for the first time ever in 2015, the third nonconference opponent that has been scheduled for that season by the Nittany Lions. The game is set for Sept. 26 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State still has one more nonconference game left to be scheduled for 2015. It also will play Temple and Buffalo. San Diego State finished 9-4 last season and earned a share of the Mountain West Conference title with a 7-1 mark. The Aztecs lost to Brigham Young in the Poinsettia Bowl, their third consecutive postseason berth.
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July 26, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Penn State will begin its public sale of single-game tickets on Tuesday, but a new policy is sure to disappoint those who are not fans of its Mid-American Conference opponents. Those planning to buy tickets to the Oct. 12 game against Michigan or the Nov. 23 contest against Nebraska must buy the same number of tickets to another game. The Michigan game is paired with the Sept. 7 home opener against Eastern Michigan, while the Nebraska contest requires a ticket purchase for the Kent State game on Sept.
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