December 29, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The script for Sam Ficken's career at Penn State could easily be the stuff of a compelling movie. A mild-mannered kid from Indiana travels East, almost gets chased home by angry fans after a horrible game in his second outing as the team's regular kicker, improves with the help of a former Nittany Lion, and drills two successful kicks in his final college game to give the Lions their first bowl victory in five years. Ficken kicked a game-tying, 44-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday and then capped the Pinstripe Bowl with what amounted to a walk-off extra point that gave Penn State a 31-30 victory over Boston College at Yankee Stadium.
December 22, 2014
The Eagles gained nearly 500 yards of total offense yet lost to a 3-11 team. Here are the biggest mistakes that added up to a loss: 13 penalties for 102 yards , including six that resulted in Redskins first downs. Cody Parkey missed two field goals in the third quarter. Mark Sanchez fumbled on the game's first possession, leading to a Redskins field goal. Sanchez was intercepted with 1 minute, 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, leading to Washington's game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining.
November 29, 2014 |
Jamie Fisher's heart was racing. "Very, very fast," he said. Ridley's kicker lined up for a field goal late in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game at Interboro. Fisher's first year as soccer player-turned-field-goal kicker came down to his 33-yard attempt. And he delivered, booting the ball through the uprights with 2 minutes, 53 seconds left to give the Green Raiders a 9-8 win. The junior tried out for the football team on the advice of fellow soccer player Esteban Munoz, who handles the team's extra points.
November 23, 2014 |
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - This was the ball game: Illinois, trailing by a point, starting at its own 28 with 1 minute, 48 seconds left to play needing to get into field-goal range against an intimidating Penn State defense ranked third in the nation in total yards allowed. Alas, the defense that had bailed out the Nittany Lions time and again all season was not up to the task Saturday. The Fighting Illini needed just three plays to gain 58 yards before David Reisner booted a 36-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining for a shocking, 16-14 victory inside a half-full Memorial Stadium.
November 10, 2014 |
For the better part of four quarters, Temple kept the highest-scoring and best-running attack in the American Athletic Conference under control. But as the Owls and their fans learned Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field in the aftermath of their gut-wrenching, 16-13 loss to Memphis, you have to do it for a full four quarters. Memphis (6-3, 4-1 AAC) put together a decisive, 66-yard drive at the end of the game, exhausting all the time on the clock and ending the contest with a 31-yard field goal from Jake Elliott as time expired.
November 10, 2014 |
ON SATURDAY afternoon Temple's football team did something that it hadn't been able to do since 1998 and had done only twice ever, which was beat a nationally-ranked opponent, East Carolina.The Owls won by 10, but it really wasn't that close. Last night, again at Lincoln Financial Field, the Owls had an opportunity to make themselves bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons, against a Memphis team that was two games over .500 for the first time since 2007 and part of a five-way tie for first in the American Athletic Conference.
November 8, 2014 |
Temple routinely lost games in the waning moments last year, but as the Owls have become a better team in 2014, that had not been the case. Until Friday night. Memphis put together a solid 12-play, 66-yard drive, capping it with a 31-yard field goal by Jake Elliott as time expired to defeat the Owls, 16-13, at Lincoln Financial Field. "Yeah, but I think that's a credit to our kids," Temple coach Matt Rhule said after the loss in front of an announced crowd of 23,882 dropped the Owls to 5-4 (3-3 American Athletic Conference)
November 2, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Frustrated over not having won a football game in six weeks, Penn State tried to keep its focus Saturday after Maryland stood up its captains by refusing to shake their hands at the coin toss. The defense and kicker Sam Ficken did a good job of following through, but the offense and the punt team once again did not, and the Terrapins gladly ended their long streak of bad luck against the Nittany Lions with a 20-19 victory on Brad Craddock's 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining.
October 28, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Chip Kelly was not hired as the 21st head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles because he has a celebrated defensive mind. Even though his career started at Columbia as a defensive backs coach, it was the beautiful, fast-twitch offensive mind that made owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman pursue Kelly with the same kind of tenacious approach that the late Reggie White used to exhibit when he cut down opposing quarterbacks....
October 24, 2014 |
Jack Soslow lined up for a kickoff late in Haverford School's win on Saturday afternoon. The ball had been placed 15 yards ahead of its usual spot because of a penalty on Springside Chestnut Hill. "Field goal, field goal, field goal," the Haverford School student section chanted. Booming it into the end zone, which Soslow had already done a few times, was no longer enough. The fans were prodding the senior, who is one of the area's best kickers, to send the ball through the goalposts - it wound up wide left.