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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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September 14, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple coach Matt Rhule says he doesn't know about the availability of all-American Athletic Conference running back Jahad Thomas for Saturday's game at Penn State. Thomas has missed the first two games with a dislocated thumb. "We are not sure," Rhule said Monday during a conference call with AAC coaches. "We will see if he is able to practice [Tuesday]. " A senior, Thomas rushed for 1,262 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. During last year's opening 27-10 win over Penn State, Thomas rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
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September 14, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
The road leads back to this place, this town, this stadium, those memories. Matt Rhule, coaching Temple Saturday at Penn State, will tell you how as a 5-year-old he wanted to go to Penn State to play football. Rhule was conditioned for it, born in State College. His father had grown up there. Rhule visited his grandparents there while living most of his childhood in New York City. At the end of a conversation focusing on his New York years, Rhule was asked if there was a story about walking on at Penn State.
NEWS
September 13, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
PENN STATE hadn't played Pitt since 2000. On Saturday the Nittany Lions went to Heinz Field and fell behind, 28-7, after 18 minutes. It was 35-21 at the end of three quarters. It finished in a 42-39 loss. The Nits scored a touchdown and two-point conversion with five minutes to go and quickly forced a punt. They then got to the Pitt 31, but Trace McSorley was intercepted in the end zone with 1:15 showing. It was the most points for Pitt (2-0), which had opened with a 28-7 win over Villanova, in the 97-game series.
SPORTS
September 12, 2016 | By Joe Juliano And Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITERS
PITTSBURGH - Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton entered the visiting team's interview room Saturday at Heinz Field with red eyes, still feeling that he let his team down on a final drive that could have resulted in an epic comeback victory. With the Nittany Lions on their 44 and trailing by three, Hamilton got behind the Pitt secondary and reached up at the Panthers' 20-yard line for Trace McSorley's pass, but the ball slipped off his fingertips. The drive would end with an interception, sealing a 42-39 loss for Penn State.
SPORTS
September 12, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
PITTSBURGH - The ebbs and flows in Saturday's renewal of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry showed why the series is such a compelling one. The Nittany Lions rallied from a 21-point second-quarter deficit and came close to taking a victory with them on the bus ride back to Happy Valley. However, James Franklin and his players mainly saw the mistakes that were made - four turnovers, including the interception in the Pitt end zone with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining that enabled the Panthers to put away a thrilling 42-39 victory before a record crowd of 69,983 at Heinz Field.
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September 12, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
It took Pittsburgh's offense 4 minutes and 43 seconds to set the tone. It took 10 plays, 99 yards, and a couple big runs from Quadree Henderson and James Conner. They made it look so easy. And it was that easy for the Panthers to score on their opening drive, that easy to silence the Penn State sideline, that easy to start the 97th game of an intrastate rivalry with a statement. "That is unacceptable," Penn State safety Malik Golden said. "That was tough, to be honest with you. We weren't really expecting that.
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September 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
PITTSBURGH - Coaches say they like to maintain a routine while preparing for every football game and not deviate from the norm, but that doesn't seem to have been the case this week as Penn State and Pittsburgh prepared for the renewal of their intrastate rivalry. By the time the highly anticipated game kicks off Saturday at Heinz Field, the staffs of head coaches James Franklin and Pat Narduzzi will have seen just about every formation and play ever called in the careers of first-year offensive coordinators Joe Moorhead of the Nittany Lions and Matt Canada of the Panthers.
SPORTS
September 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Penn State at Pittsburgh Saturday, noon, at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh TV: ESPN. Live stream: WatchESPN.com Radio: WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). History: Penn State leads, 50-42-4. It's the first meeting since 2000, when Pitt gained a 12-0 win at Three Rivers Stadium. About Penn State: The Nittany Lions' new up-tempo offense wasn't at top speed in their 33-13 win over Kent State, and sputtered at times. But redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and Saquon Barkley added 105 yards and a TD. . . . Chris Godwin was the top receiver with seven catches for 67 yards.
SPORTS
September 10, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Fans of the football teams of Penn State and Pittsburgh don't agree on much, but they do agree on one thing - that the rivalry between the two state-related universities should have continued well beyond the most recent meeting in 2000. Now that the Nittany Lions and the Panthers are back playing again - at least for the next four years - starting Saturday at Heinz Field, memories of the competition abound, not so much with students and millennials but with older fans and alumni who remember the days of John Cappelletti and Tony Dorsett, of Mike Reid and Hugh Green, and of Joe Paterno and Jackie Sherrill.
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