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October 9, 1996 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A youngster grows up with a single athletic purpose: He wants to play linebacker at Penn State. His high school coach, recognizing the youngster's physical talent, asks him to play quarterback. But the boy wants to hone his skills at linebacker so he can move on to Penn State to do the same. No thank you, he says to the coach. Penn State recruits him as a linebacker after he has made just about every high school all-America team that matters. The plan is still intact - until three days before his first game as a freshman.
NEWS
January 4, 1987
Penn State 14, Miami 10. It was close all the way, as intense and hard-fought a football game as any played in a long time. In whatever way a team wins the national collegiate football championship, it's a glistening achievement. But the way Penn State upset Vinny Testaverde and the rest of the high-flying Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl Friday night was something special - something to be long remembered and savored. After all the pre-game hijinks, the Miami players' jiving and boasts, the Lions more than squared accounts in a very determined way. Coach Joe Paterno's crafty defense did exactly what it was designed to do - give Testaverde, the nation's top-ranked college player, a lot of trouble and prevent him from completing long passes.
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March 15, 1996 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
On a microcosmic level, Penn State's 86-80 NCAA Tournament first-round loss to Arkansas represents the larger struggle facing Nittany Lions basketball. Ranked 18th in the nation and seeded fifth in the East Regional, Penn State had a shot at a signature victory against a high-visibility program during college basketball's biggest showcase. Instead, the Lions (21-7) must hope their disappointing finish won't dull the enthusiasm generated by a magic-run season and the opening of the school's lavish, new basketball palace, the Bryce Jordan Center.
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September 14, 2012
A Penn State spokesman confirmed that redshirt freshman punter/kicker Matt Marcincin has left the team. Marcincin, who is from Malvern, was the backup for kicker Sam Ficken and punter Alex Butterworth. The spokesman said Marcincin still is enrolled in classes at Penn State. His departure leaves only sophomore walk-on Kevin DiSanto as a backup. - Joe Juliano
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January 31, 1986 | Special to the Daily News
Earlier this month, St. Joseph's whipped Penn State by 30 points. It was a far different story last night. The Nittany Lions stormed from behind to post a 59-54 Atlantic 10 Conference upset over St. Joseph's at Rec Hall. The Hawks, who routed Penn State, 72-42, on Jan. 4, seemed headed for another victory last night. Their lead at halftime was 35-28, and the margin grew to 12 points with 13 minutes remaining in the game. But then the Nittany Lions (9-10 overall, 3-7 in the conference)
SPORTS
December 1, 2013
Allen Robinson has compiled the best numbers in back-to-back seasons of any wide receiver in Penn State history. Here are the six best:   Player   Year   Rec.   Yards Allen Robinson   2012-13   166   2,323 Bobby Engram   1994-95   115   2,113 O.J. McDuffie   1991-92   109   1,767 Derrick Williams   2007-08    99   1,014 Deon Butler   2006-07    95   1,270 Joe Jurevicius   1996-97   ...
NEWS
September 8, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Penn State moved up in the college football polls today after Saturday's opening 31-7 victory over Akron at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions improved to No. 5 in the USA Today coaches' poll and seventh in the Associated Press media poll. In the preseason, Penn State was eighth in the coaches' poll and tied for ninth with Oklahoma State in the AP poll. The Lions will host Syracuse (0-1) on Saturday. Hurricanes soaring. Miami is savoring a drama-filled 38-34 win over Florida State on Monday night.
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July 12, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quinn Nordin, widely recognized as the top kicker in the class of 2016, has committed to Penn State. The Rockford (Mich.) kicker recently narrowed his choices down to the Nittany Lions and his home-state Michigan Wolverines. Other schools in the running included Georgia, Michigan State, Iowa, and Arizona State. However, the Lions have been the prohibitive favorite for some time now. When Nordin spoke with 247sports.com recently, he said that the head coaches were the main reason he had narrowed his choices down to the group of finalist.
SPORTS
May 2, 2012
Penn State defensive tackle Evan Haithes' playing career is over because of complications from blood clots, coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Tuesday in Washington. Haithes, a sophomore, will remain on scholarship as a graduate assistant. The clots developed in his legs during six-hour drives home to Virginia early last year for his grandfather's funeral. The clots spread to his lungs, and he was hospitalized in March 2011 with a life-threatening situation. He was able to play only two games for the Nittany Lions last fall.
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January 21, 2011 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deion Barnes said it was all about the "comfortability factor. " And that played in favor of Penn State, not Georgia. In an announcement Thursday morning in his school's auditorium, the hard-charging defensive end from Northeast High committed to play for the Nittany Lions. Georgia was the runner-up for his services. "I wasn't an outcast when I went down to Georgia, but I felt like I was around 'my guys' when I went to Penn State," said Barnes, a 6-foot-5, 222-pound senior. "That was a big thing for me. " Barnes, celebrating his 18th birthday, said he had "been battling all week, going back and forth" between Penn State and Georgia, which he visited last weekend.
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September 19, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It had numerous missed tackles and special-teams gaffes and committed 13 penalties, but on Saturday Temple started becoming the team it expects to be and should be. There were no moral victories in the Owls' 34-27 loss to Penn State at Beaver Stadium, especially since Temple beat the Nittany Lions to begin last year. This isn't the same Temple team as a year ago, not quite measuring up in talent or fire. But the Owls are building to be in that image. The one Temple characteristic that was reminiscent of a year ago in a school-record-tying 10-win season was an ability to fight.
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September 19, 2016 | Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Third quarter, Penn State up a couple of touchdowns, the big screen showed images that brought many inside Beaver Stadium to their feet. A familiar face in younger days, glorious days. Words were mentioned over the PA: "Success without honor is an unseasoned dish. It will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good. " In the last row of the Temple section in the upper deck above the north end zone, a banner appeared, with a big T for Temple, so there was no mistaking the allegiance of the artist, who wrote, "He turned his back, so we'll turn ours.
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September 19, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It almost got to the point Saturday at Beaver Stadium where Penn State needed to check with the hundreds of lettermen who returned to campus this weekend and ask if any of them had eligibility remaining. Five starters were out for the game against Temple before the opening kickoff. As the overcast afternoon continued, four more joined them on the sidelines, including running back Saquon Barkley, who limped off the field after carrying for 8 yards on the game's first play.
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September 18, 2016 | By Joe Juliano STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - In James Franklin's first two seasons as Penn State head coach, the Nittany Lions mostly rode their defense to the success that they achieved in back-to-back 7-6 seasons while the offense struggled in the bottom 20 to 25 percent of FBS statistics. Two games into Franklin's third season, however, the Lions are trending toward a change, with their offense realizing some production with a faster style of play, and their defense encountering some problems behind a mostly young and inexperienced defensive line.
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September 18, 2016 | By Joe Juliano and Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITERS
Temple at Penn State Saturday, noon, at Beaver Stadium, State College TV: Big Ten Network. Radio: WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Temple, Matt Rhule (4th season, 19-21); Penn State, James Franklin (2nd season, 15-13; overall, 39-28). History: Penn State leads, 39-4-1. Temple won last year, 27-10, at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls are 0-24-1 at Penn State. About Penn State: The Nittany Lions saw their rally from a 28-7 second-quarter deficit fall just short last week and lost, 42-39, at Pittsburgh in the first meeting of the two teams since 2000.
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September 17, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
There was no doubt at the start of Penn State's football season that many eyes would be on Trace McSorley, the first quarterback other than Christian Hackenberg to start at the position since 2012. But the attention McSorley has received through the Nittany Lions' first two games has been ramped up, mainly because he has been asked to do more as opposing defenses load up to stop Saquon Barkley, the team's exciting running back. It has been a mix of good and bad for the 6-foot, 205-pound McSorley, a redshirt sophomore.
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September 17, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Matt Rhule can do without the nostalgia. The fourth-year Temple football coach is doing his best this week not to look back, although at times it can be a futile exercise. Rhule's mantra - and that of his fellow coaches - is to look only ahead, to the next opponent. It just so happens that the opponent was part of arguably the most significant win in school history to begin last season. When Rhule's Owls visit Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, Temple will have its hands full combating an explosive no-huddle Penn State offense that played well in a 42-39 loss at Pitt last week.
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September 16, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Regardless of what happened last year, the Penn State party line for the game Saturday against Temple doesn't vary from what James Franklin and his players usually say about any opponent - basically, it's our most important game because it's our next game. But the Owls' 27-10 thrashing of the Nittany Lions last year at Lincoln Financial Field, their first victory in the series since 1941, has not been completely forgotten by Penn State's players. "It's going to be the type of game where, methodically through the week, we're going to practice with a chip on our shoulder so that what happened last year will not happen again this year," offensive tackle Andrew Nelson said Wednesday.
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September 16, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
James Franklin has been in charge for 67 college football games as head coach at two schools, Vanderbilt and Penn State. Saturday will offer Franklin something new: a must win. If it sounds silly to call any one game such a thing, think about it. Can Franklin, in his third season in charge of the Nittany Lions, lose for the second straight year to Temple? Whatever Franklin's definition of "Dominate the State," can he go 0-3 over two seasons to Temple and Pitt? Forget the names on the other jerseys.
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September 15, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
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.
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