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September 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Christian Hackenberg spent most of an electric night at Rutgers running for his life, or scrambling out of trouble, or throwing the football with a Scarlet Knights lineman hanging on to his ankles. But when it counted, the Penn State sophomore hit a pair of clutch passes, including a 23-yarder to Geno Lewis to the 6-yard line. That set up Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play, giving the Nittany Lions a come-from-behind, 13-10 victory Saturday night over Rutgers.
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September 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - As the Rutgers marching band reached the front of High Point Solutions Stadium, fans filling the driveway cleared a path. It all felt like big-time college football as the band stopped to play the fight song. A man in a rain slicker held up a sign: "We Believe That We Belong. " Not exactly a rousing manifesto, but appropriate for how Rutgers got started Saturday night in the Big Ten. Not too big of a claim: We're here, and we won't be embarrassed. Oddsmakers had this one right, to the point.
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September 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The atmosphere created by the mix of a night game in front of a sellout crowd of more than 53,000 at High Point Solutions Stadium and a visiting traditional Eastern power is going to be electric. Penn State coach James Franklin has been asked more than a few times during the week whether the Nittany Lions will be ready to match the emotion of Rutgers when the two teams meet on what should be a special Saturday night in Piscataway, N.J. His answer always has been the same, that the Lions prepare the same way for every opponent, no matter how close it is in terms of mileage or its ranking or the fact that it's a Big Ten member.
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September 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and Penn State coach James Franklin deserve some applause for doing their little part to hype Saturday night's football game. Franklin got in the first shot in the spring, calling New Jersey (and Maryland) in-state recruiting territory for the Nittany Lions. Flood got the last word, often declining to put the words Penn and State together in the lead-up, preferring The team from Pennsylvania. That does have a kind of rhythmic charm. It's coincidental, by the way, that the Scarlet Knights open their life in the Big Ten Conference against TTFP.
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September 12, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Paul James is not an easy man to bring to the ground. Just ask Washington State. James, Rutgers' 6-foot, 205-pound running back, doesn't intimidate in stature, but rather his running style - he hits the hole with speed and power. After running for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries against the Cougars to open the season, James has caught the attention of Penn State, namely its linebackers. So far, the Nittany Lions' defensive front four have made things look easy.
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September 12, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - You don't need a cartographer to confirm the obvious: Penn State is a school in Pennsylvania. However, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is driving home the point by not referring to Penn State as, well, Penn State. Rather, the third-year head coach uses terms like "the team from Pennsylvania" or "the neighbor to the west. " Penn State coach James Franklin took the high road Tuesday, saying he is "good about" Flood's comments. He also said he has a lot of respect for the coach.
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September 11, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Senior linebacker Mike Hull was just finishing up eating at Chick-fil-A when he heard the news. Sitting with fellow seniors Brad Bars, Jesse Della Valle and Miles Dieffenbach, Hull saw something on Twitter that, since July 23, 2012, he never thought would happen in his time at Penn State. Hull said 30 seconds later he and his teammates received a mass text message from head coach James Franklin to rush over to the Lasch Football Building for a meeting. At the meeting, Franklin, who said he also found out over social media, reinforced what pretty much everyone knew: Penn State's bowl ban had been lifted.
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September 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As much as Penn State coach James Franklin tried Tuesday to shift his focus - and that of his media audience - to the game coming up against Rutgers, he seemed to relish the chance to talk about how much having the opportunity to play in a bowl game meant to him and his players. At his weekly teleconference, Franklin said he and his team were "very appreciative" that they had a chance to participate in a bowl at the end of this season, which was made possible by the NCAA's decision Monday to lift the postseason ban against Penn State and restore the full amount of 85 scholarships for next season.
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September 10, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris recalls July 23, 2012, the day the sanctions were laid down on the program, as if it occurred just yesterday. "I remember we were in the players' lounge, and when they announced it, you just saw so many faces look so distraught," said Morris, a senior that season. "But we were just thinking, 'How are we going to get out of this? What are we going to do to make this situation better?' " While the first two seasons of the "sanction era" under coach Bill O'Brien resulted in better finishes than many expected (a combined 15-9)
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September 9, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State tried something new on Nov. 19, 2011. Days after Joe Paterno was fired in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse aftermath, Paterno's son and assistant, Jay, and then-interim head coach Tom Bradley took the Nittany Lions to Columbus, Ohio, for a game against Ohio State. Seemingly out of nowhere, Penn State, wearing its traditional, plain-white away uniforms, unearthed offensive success with a foreign but literally straighforward concept: the Wildcat. It led to scores on four of the Lions' first five possessions and propelled Penn State to its first win without Paterno as a coach since 1965.
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