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December 18, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ON SATURDAY, the Heisman Trophy ceremony was held in New York. Last night at the Sheraton Society Hill, Hatboro-based The Sports Network handed out the FCS equivalent, named after Jackson State great Walter Payton, at its 27th annual awards dinner. His son Jarrett was there to honor the winner, Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who finished 130 points ahead of Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams. The other finalist was Towson running back Terrance West. In 2002, an EIU QB named Tony Romo won this award, narrowly beating out Villanova's Brett Gordon.
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December 10, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Charel Allen scored 14 points and Breona Gray and Melissa D'Amico added 12 apiece to lead No. 7 Notre Dame to a 65-39 victory over Dayton last night in Dayton, Ohio. The Irish (8-1) outran Dayton (4-4) and used a pressing defense to overwhelm the Flyers, who had 26 turnovers. Notre Dame came out strong at the beginning of the second half, scoring six consecutives points to take a 28-14 lead. The Irish then went into a full-court press and began to force turnovers and make breakaway baskets.
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February 29, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
The Los Angeles Raiders have called a press conference for today, where they will name Denver Broncos assistant Mike Shanahan as their new head coach, the Associated Press learned last night. Shanahan, the Broncos' offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, will succeed Tom Flores, who announced his retirement Jan. 20 after nine years as the Raiders' head coach. Shanahan's hiring was confirmed by a high-ranking Raiders official who asked not to be identified. Shanahan is 35 and would become the youngest head coach in the NFL. Shanahan emerged as the top candidate for the job last week when Washington Redskins assistants Dan Henning and Joe Bugel fell out of contention.
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October 9, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After losing his job as Iowa's starting quarterback last season, Jake Christensen thought it best to leave the program with one season of eligibility remaining, a year he desperately wanted to use somewhere else. How desperately? This desperately: Christensen took classes totaling 42 credits at Iowa in the spring and summer to get his undergraduate degree. Twice a week during the summer, he commuted - a four-hour drive each way - between Iowa City and Charleston, Ill., home of Eastern Illinois.
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December 26, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Marcus Pullam and Pat Viera each had five of Cal-Riverside's NCAA Division II record-setting 21 three-point baskets as the Highlanders upset Iowa (No. 4 AP and UPI) by 110-92 last night in the championship game of the Chaminade Christmas Classic in Honolulu. Riverside was 12 for 18 on three-point attempts in the second half. Cal State-Sacramento set the old record of 18 three-pointers in 1987. Trailing by 18-8 with 13 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first half, Iowa turned on the full-court press and rolled off 11 straight points for its first lead of the game, 19-18.
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October 10, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joe Paterno joked this week about having trouble with the alphabet when he was a kid, but it was clear he doesn't care for the alphabet soup that denotes the top two levels of NCAA football. Penn State is a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the new terminology for Division I-A, and the Big Ten, a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference. Eastern Illinois belongs to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the former Division I-AA. The Nittany Lions and the Panthers, and all those letters, converge today at Beaver Stadium.
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October 19, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Suspensions may be the only way With the NFL considering suspensions as the only way to effectively deal with helmet-to-helmet hits, the league got an endorsement from an unexpected quarter. Former Chargers and Patriots all-pro Rodney Harrison, now an analyst for NBC, said he thinks suspensions might be the only way. The only pro ever to have 30 sacks and 30 interceptions was fined more than $200,000 during his career and was suspended for a game in 2002 for a helmet-to-helmet hit. "You didn't get my attention when you fined me 5 grand, 10 grand, 15 grand," he said on the Sunday Night Football pregame show.
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February 3, 1999 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chris Green, who on Friday was hired by Temple football coach Bobby Wallace to direct the Owls' defensive backs, changed his mind and yesterday took the same job at Illinois. Temple wished him well. Green is a 1991 graduate of Illinois, where he was a four-year starter at defensive back. Wallace was his position coach there in 1987. "It came up by surprise, and I really hated to lose him," Wallace said. "But I understood his situation. It was a good opportunity for him. He couldn't turn it down.
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November 26, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State in the BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster. NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one, to 16th. The top three teams in the BCS standings were unchanged: Alabama, Florida State, and Ohio State - the remaining undefeated teams in BCS automatic qualifying conferences. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles are still on course to meet in the final BCS championship game if they can stay unbeaten.
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October 11, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There wasn't a lot to say yesterday after Penn State rolled to a 52-3 victory over Eastern Illinois except "Bring on the Big Ten - please. " It was the kind of game that everyone, including each of the 104,488 people at Beaver Stadium, anticipated. The 14th-ranked Nittany Lions (5-1) compiled a 553-206 advantage in total yards against the outgunned Panthers (4-2) of the Football Championship Subdivision. Quarterback Daryll Clark threw three touchdown passes - all in a 5-minute, 18-second span of the second quarter - and ran for one. The Lions scored six TDs and one field goal on their first nine drives.
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December 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News taff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
UNDER ANDY TALLEY, Villanova has had a great tradition of prolific quarterbacks, from Kirk Schulz to Chris Boden to Brett Gordon to Chris Whitney. And there were plenty of other really good ones in between. But none of them had the kind of career that John Robertson is putting together. Two years ago, the North Jersey native won the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS. And last night, the dual-threat redshirt junior added the Walter Payton Award that goes to the best player at his level.
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December 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson, who was unable to play in Saturday's 34-31 playoff loss to visiting Sam Houston State because of a concussion, is among three finalists for Football Championship Subdivision's most prestigious honor, which will be presented Monday in Philadelphia. Among the finalists for the Walter Payton Award are Robertson, a redshirt junior; Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., and Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias. The award will be presented Monday at the Sports Network Banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill.
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December 18, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ON SATURDAY, the Heisman Trophy ceremony was held in New York. Last night at the Sheraton Society Hill, Hatboro-based The Sports Network handed out the FCS equivalent, named after Jackson State great Walter Payton, at its 27th annual awards dinner. His son Jarrett was there to honor the winner, Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who finished 130 points ahead of Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams. The other finalist was Towson running back Terrance West. In 2002, an EIU QB named Tony Romo won this award, narrowly beating out Villanova's Brett Gordon.
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November 26, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State in the BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster. NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one, to 16th. The top three teams in the BCS standings were unchanged: Alabama, Florida State, and Ohio State - the remaining undefeated teams in BCS automatic qualifying conferences. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles are still on course to meet in the final BCS championship game if they can stay unbeaten.
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October 23, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IN THE Andy Talley era, Villanova has more often than not had a big-time quarterback. Whether it was Chris Boden or Brett Gordon (2002 Walter Payton Award runner-up to Eastern Illinois' Tony Romo), who threw it all over the place, to national-champion catalyst Chris Whitney and current starter John Robertson (2012 national freshman of the year), they are guys who can make just as much happen with their legs, as the offense has evolved into something different but no less potent. That kind of legacy had to start somewhere.
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October 26, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
THAT GREAT philosopher, Forrest Gump, once observed that life is like a box of chocolates in that you never know what you're going to get. At times, football fits ever so snugly into the realm of the unexpected. Texas Tech shocks mighty Oklahoma. Michigan State stuns Wisconsin on a last-second, Hail Mary pass. On the same night, too. The question for the surprising Penn State Nittany Lions, maybe the most overlooked, underappreciated 7-1 team in the country, is whether the Illinois squad that turns up in Happy Valley on Saturday afternoon have hard-nut or gooey caramel centers.
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October 19, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Suspensions may be the only way With the NFL considering suspensions as the only way to effectively deal with helmet-to-helmet hits, the league got an endorsement from an unexpected quarter. Former Chargers and Patriots all-pro Rodney Harrison, now an analyst for NBC, said he thinks suspensions might be the only way. The only pro ever to have 30 sacks and 30 interceptions was fined more than $200,000 during his career and was suspended for a game in 2002 for a helmet-to-helmet hit. "You didn't get my attention when you fined me 5 grand, 10 grand, 15 grand," he said on the Sunday Night Football pregame show.
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September 13, 2010 | INQUIRER REPORT
Villanova reclaimed the top spot in Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 after Saturday's impressive 35-0 win at Lehigh. The Wildcats began the season ranked No. 1 but fell to No. 2 following the season-opening loss at Temple, 31-24. Montana held the top spot last week before losing on Saturday to Cal Poly. Villanova earned 3,338 points and 74 first-place votes. Appalachian State is second with 3,269 points and 25 first-place votes, while James Madison, an upset winner over Virginia Tech, is third with 3,100 points and 30 first-place votes.
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October 15, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There seems to be no end to the versatility of Evan Royster. The Penn State tailback can block for running plays and help in pass protection. He can catch passes out of the backfield or line up in the slot or split wide. But where Royster excels is running the football. A combination of power and elusiveness, the 6-foot-1, 213-pound junior uses his uncanny vision and patience to wait and find the smallest hole or go a different way if a hole doesn't form and still pick up positive yardage.
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October 11, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There wasn't a lot to say yesterday after Penn State rolled to a 52-3 victory over Eastern Illinois except "Bring on the Big Ten - please. " It was the kind of game that everyone, including each of the 104,488 people at Beaver Stadium, anticipated. The 14th-ranked Nittany Lions (5-1) compiled a 553-206 advantage in total yards against the outgunned Panthers (4-2) of the Football Championship Subdivision. Quarterback Daryll Clark threw three touchdown passes - all in a 5-minute, 18-second span of the second quarter - and ran for one. The Lions scored six TDs and one field goal on their first nine drives.
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