September 13, 2010 |
Joe Paterno had felt during the week that Penn State would be a better team in the long run for having had the opportunity to play Alabama. And now that the game is over with, the veteran coach could be correct. Then again, the Nittany Lions need significantly better play in key areas if they hope to compete with the class of the Big Ten starting in less than three weeks. Any chance the Lions had of staying with the top-ranked Crimson Tide was buried under four turnovers - three of which were claimed in the red zone - and the visitors were battered, 24-3, on Saturday night in steamy Tuscaloosa.
November 6, 1995 |
If you are a Penn State fan today, you might wonder just exactly what happened to your team. Wonder why the offense hasn't been able to recognize and react to a blitz all season. Wonder why coach Joe Paterno still seems to be playing not to lose even when the major goal was lost weeks ago. Wonder why so many little things that turn into big things keep happening. Not to wonder. It's just that kind of season. And don't wonder about Northwestern either. There are a million ways to rationalize the Epiphany of Evanston and even a few to explain it. But if you love college football and hated its ultimate predictability, just enjoy Northwestern.
January 2, 1993 |
Once upon a time, Penn State's football team was 5-0, ranked No. 5 in the country and a three-point favorite heading into an Oct. 10 home game against unbeaten Miami, the defending national champion. That seems like eons ago. Ever since the Nittany Lions lost that very winnable game by three points, they have looked like anything but a national title contender. Yesterday, a listless pride of Lions went belly-up against No. 13 Stanford, 24-3, in the third annual Blockbuster Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium to close out an embarrassing 7-5 season that would have seemed unthinkable some three months back.
November 22, 2004 |
Two mediocre efforts in exhibition games had the Villanova women's basketball team wanting to make a statement against No. 23 Penn State in the Wildcats' season opener yesterday at the Pavilion. "We wanted to show ourselves we could compete with them," 6-foot-2 junior forward Liad Suez said after Villanova produced a 73-65 upset that kept the Nittany Lions winless in three games. "We had been working very hard and had nothing to show for it. " Suez's first two shots were three-pointers.
November 24, 2003 |
Penn State receiver Maurice Humphrey was charged with assault yesterday after a fight at an on-campus apartment complex. Humphrey, a redshirt freshman, was arrested early yesterday outside the Nittany Apartments after an assault was reported to campus police. Humphrey, who lives in the apartment complex, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief. He was placed in Centre County Prison and was being held on $50,000 bail. A male victim in the alleged assault was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately known, university police officer Dirk Clouse said.
March 6, 2009 |
Talor Battle hit a driving shot with 0.3 seconds left to cap Penn State's rally from a 10-point deficit and give the host Nittany Lions a 64-63 victory over No. 23 Illinois last night. Battle finished with 15 points for the Nittany Lions (21-9, 10-7 Big Ten). Demetri McCamey scored 16 points for the Illini (23-8 11-7). In other games: At Arizona State, Landry Fields scored 20 points and Stanford (17-11, 6-11 Pac-10) beat the No. 21 Sun Devils (21-8, 10-7), 74-64. At Xavier, Dante Jackson's 14 points led the No. 17 Musketeers (24-5, 12-3 Atlantic 10)
January 3, 1995 |
Penn State had beaten Oregon, 38-20, in the Rose Bowl, but it was like it hadn't won a thing. Unbeaten, untied, really unchallenged in all but two of its 12 games, everybody wanted to know about Nebraska and No. 1 and the national championship. They wore hats and shirts that said they were the 1994 national champions, but winning, Penn State players have learned, is no longer enough. Not even winning every game. Instead, the national champion will be decided by voters, not a title game.
October 21, 1991 |
As a freshman, Jill Pearsall, a 1991 Penn Wood graduate, has stepped right into the starting lineup at Penn State, one of the top women's field hockey programs in the nation. Pearsall has started every game as a midfielder for the No. 2-ranked Nittany Lions (12-1-1), who tied Ursinus last Wednesday and whose only loss came to top-ranked Old Dominion, 5-2, in the season opener. Pearsall, a solid defender, has one assist on the season, in a 4-1 victory over the University of Virginia on Sept.
January 5, 1987 |
'Penn State Proud," a special half-hour program that includes interviews with Penn State's coach Joe Paterno, clips of yesterday's welcome home celebration and highlights of the Nittany Lions' victory Friday over the Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl airs tonight at 7 p.m. on Channel 3. The program will be hosted by KYW-TV reporter Jackie Hays and sports director Lou Tilley, who both covered the national championship game on Friday. UNFORGETTABLE The sounds of Nat King Cole are with us still, almost 22 years after cancer killed him at age 45, and they should be increasing in volume during the new year.
January 13, 1989 |
It has been one year and two days since Penn State's orthopedic surgeon, Alexander Kalenak, reconstructed one of the most valuable knees ever to dance across the Beaver Stadium football field. And it has been even longer - Nov. 21, 1987, to be exact - since Kalenak's famous patient, running back Blair Thomas, last ran with a football in anger. Now, after a year of sweating puddles through a spartan regimen of rehabilitation, Thomas, a senior from Frankford High, has pronounced himself fit to resume his spectacular career at Penn State.