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October 10, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Almost at the season's halfway point, Penn State does not have an offensive identity. Don't believe it? Just ask James Franklin. Franklin and his Nittany Lions are 4-1 on the season, led by one of the nation's most talented arms, and haven't played a truly formidable defense to this point. And yet, whether or not the offense generates points on a drive-to-drive basis has been and remains a serious concern. The Lions are looking to change that tomorrow against Michigan under the lights at the Big House.
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October 9, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Wimbush made an oral commitment to Penn State in May. But the four-star quarterback spent last weekend on an official visit to Notre Dame, and that proved to be enough to change his mind. The senior from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., announced Tuesday that he was switching his commitment from Penn State to Notre Dame. ESPN ranks Wimbush (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) as a four-star recruit and the nation's fifth-best quarterback in the Class of 2015. "Life decision, lot of prayer, a lot of soul searching made me re-think my goals," he posted on Twitter.
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October 9, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Whether it was in Chicago for this summer's Big Ten media days or in his basement watching college football this past Saturday, James Franklin has been impressed with Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner. And it's really no wonder why. Standing at 6-4, 216 pounds, the rangy redshirt senior presents an issue the Nittany Lions have not seen this season: a legitimate rushing threat from under center. Gardner's ability to run isn't foreign to Penn State. In last year's chaotic, four-overtime, 43-40 win over the Wolverines, the Lions allowed the quarterback to run rampant.
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October 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Penn State lines up Saturday night at Michigan for its first game in two weeks, it could see a Wolverines team in disarray with its coach on the hot seat, or one that could ride the noise from a crowd of more than 100,000 as motivation to climb out of its funk. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin doesn't know what scenario he is going to experience when he visits the Big House for the first time in his career. But he wants his team to be as consistent in its preparation as any other week.
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October 7, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Holding a 10-stroke lead heading into the final round, the Kutztown women's golf team held off West Chester on Sunday to win its Fall Invite by 1 stroke at Berkleigh Golf Club. Hope Giordano (Council Rock South) won her first tournament as a Golden Bear. She carded an 80 for a two-day total of 159, finishing 5 strokes ahead of the Golden Rams' Lacey Bensing. Women's Soccer La Salle 3, VCU 1 - Kelsey Haycook netted a pair of goals in the first half before Anna Dolhansky (Triton)
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October 2, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The ever-optimistic coach James Franklin offered something new last weekend, and it wasn't a positive adjective. In fact, it was a different tone entirely. "I promise you and guarantee you it will be fixed," Franklin said of Penn State's performance after an unexpected 23-point loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Franklin's previously unbeaten Nittany Lions appeared primed to enter their first bye week with a full head of steam. News of the sanctions being rescinded led to an increased buzz around a program that had its bowl ban lifted less than three weeks ago. The removed sanctions offered the potential for a return to an 85-scholarship roster as soon as next season.
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September 30, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - A half-full Beaver Stadium, with less than 2 minutes to go, was silent. As the impressive homecoming crowd of 102,910 whittled down, thousands of noticeably shocked students stuck around until the end. In the front row of the student section, a handful of fans, caked in peeling white and blue paint, spelled out on their stomachs, "We are Penn State. " Some gazed out onto the field without expression. One covered his face with a white Penn State T-shirt as the clock wound down.
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September 29, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Mike Hull made one of his career-high 16 tackles to set the tone on Northwestern's final third-quarter drive - the second straight three-and-out forced by Penn State. So despite several previously missed opportunities, the Nittany Lions trailed by just eight heading into the fourth quarter on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. "Yeah, we were feeling really good about it. We were feeling really confident," Hull said. "And then they get a quick score, and it kind of flips.
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September 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - After four games of feeling good about a new head coach, building up some momentum, and generating hope that a bowl bid would soon be possible, Penn State wiped out that optimism in a dismal performance Saturday. A sun-splashed crowd of 102,910 homecoming attendees at Beaver Stadium watched in disbelief as the Northwestern defense completely dominated the overmatched offensive line of the Nittany Lions and handed James Franklin his first loss in Happy Valley, a stunning, 29-6 defeat.
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September 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – James Franklin said it's a part of every head coach's routine when watching film of his team's next opponent. "You're trying to find the guy that can wreck the game," the Penn State coach said. The Nittany Lions have that type of player in defensive tackle Austin Johnson, a sturdy 6-foot-4, 313-pound redshirt sophomore who starred at St. Augustine Prep in South Jersey. Johnson could be a major headache for Northwestern in Saturday's Big Ten game at Beaver Stadium.
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