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December 4, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Finishing a regular season 6-6 isn't what Penn State fans are used to. Neither is it something they want to get comfortable with. If you looked at the Nittany Lions' schedule 4 months ago and predicted a .500 record, most would call you a liar. Penn State, by all accounts, had it pretty easy. The Lions had a relatively soft nonconference slate, faced their two most difficult tests - Ohio State and Michigan State - at home, and, as of now, only six of 12 opponents are bowl-eligible.
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December 3, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's regular season is over, and it was certainly something. Encouraging to start and disappointing at the end, James Franklin's inaugural season at the helm of the Nittany Lions was filled with story lines. Franklin's career with the Lions started as exciting as it could have, beating Central Florida on a last second, game-winning field goal in Ireland. That game provided some momentum and, boosted by the NCAA lifting Penn State's bowl ban, the team was riding high with a 4-0 record.
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December 2, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - After singing the postgame alma mater on Saturday, redshirt senior linebacker Mike Hull and his teammates didn't stick around to take in the scene at Beaver Stadium. They went straight to the locker room. "We wanted to give [the fans] a good show. We weren't able to do that," Hull said. "It wasn't a good feeling. We got our butts kicked. " Losing to No. 10 Michigan State, 34-10, on Senior Day wasn't what Hull or any of his fellow upperclassmen had in mind.
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December 1, 2014
When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa. Records: Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten, ranked No. 10 nationally by AP); Penn State (6-5, 2-5). TV/Radio: 6ABC; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (1st season, 6-5; 30-20 overall). Michigan State, Mark Dantonio (8th season, 73-31; 90-48 overall) Series: The series resumes after a three-year absence now that the Nittany Lions and the Spartans are in the same division.
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December 1, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - With one last singing of the university alma mater and an unemphatic trot off their home field, Penn State's seniors solemnly bade farewell to a half-empty Beaver Stadium. Unlike the euphoria that followed the Nittany Lions' last two regular-season finales - both upset victories - Saturday's postgame emotion wasn't savored. "Because we lost the game," senior linebacker Mike Hull said after the 34-10 drubbing by Michigan State. "It wasn't a good feeling. We got our butts kicked, so we just wanted to get out of there and get away from it. " The Lions (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten)
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December 1, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was sacked three more times Saturday to increase his season's total to 42. But the sophomore said he has been encouraged by how hard the offensive line has worked, and saw signs of improvement. "We worked extremely hard at it," Hackenberg said after the Nittany Lions' 34-10 loss to No. 10 Michigan State at Beaver Stadium. "That's a testament to the offensive line and how hard they're practicing and how they approach the game, how they approach their preparations.
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November 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Micahya Owens (Willingboro) led a quartet of players in double figures, scoring a team-high 14 points as the La Salle women's basketball team knocked off LIU Brooklyn, 71-66, in the opener of the LIU Turkey Classic in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon. Alicia Cropper added 13, Siobhan Beslow added a near double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds, and Amy Griffin added 10. Blackbird rookie Jolanna Ford led all players with 17 points. The Explorers (3-2) conclude play in the Turkey Classic Saturday, when they face off against Towson.
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November 30, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Perhaps the most shocking moments of the 2014 Penn State football season came last week when the Nittany Lions' nationally prominent defense was unable to stop Illinois on its final drive that resulted in the game-winning field goal. While the statistics - 280 total yards allowed, 14 for 16 in stopping third-down conversions - were favorable, the Lions did not respond after coach James Franklin decided to punt on fourth and 1 from his own territory with less than two minutes to play and put the game on the defense's shoulders.
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's football season has been one of disappointment and discontent for Nittany Nation. The offense has continued to sputter. The defense has been terrific but overworked, the latter attribute leading to a stunning loss Saturday at Illinois. The play-calling has been criticized, as has the performance of the offensive line, which remains inconsistent 11 games in. The Nittany Lions have won only two Big Ten games while the offense has failed to reach 20 points in regulation in any of the team's seven conference games.
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