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November 12, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IT'S A GAME between two 5-4 teams that, for different reasons, are both trying to become bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons. One has lost three of its last four. The other just won on the road by six over a 3-6 team to end a four-game losing streak. But it's Temple-Penn State, so it means something to somebody. Probably more so on North Broad. That's what happens when you haven't beaten the commonwealth's team in 73 years. And maybe that's been part of the problem.
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November 11, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
MATT RHULE, who rarely strays from the path of looking at long-term goals, wants to treat Saturday's game against Penn State like any other. But to classify Temple's trip to Happy Valley as "just another game" leaves out important details. For one, nonconference games this late in the season are rare. Also, Temple hasn't beaten the Nittany Lions since 1941. The teams tied in 1950 and Temple lost the next 30 games. Since 1997, Temple has averaged only 7.2 points over nine games against the Lions.
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November 11, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
After his two brothers attended and played football at La Salle, Aidan Kerrigan says it was pretty much a no-brainer to follow in their footsteps. "I got a good feel for all the school had to offer," the 18-year-old said. "I knew it would be the perfect place for me academically and athletically. " Connor Kerrigan (Class of 2012) was a second-team all-Catholic League center for the Explorers; John Kerrigan (2009) played linebacker. This season, as a ball-hawking inside linebacker and senior captain, Aidan Kerrigan has played a key role in La Salle's drive to the Catholic League Class AAAA championship game.
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November 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Penn State players and coaches were thrilled Saturday not only to end their four-game losing streak, but also to get a win for senior free safety Ryan Keiser, hospitalized in Hershey, Pa., after undergoing bowel surgery. Coach James Franklin took several players with him on a visit to Keiser at Hershey Medical Center on Thursday. After its 13-7 win over Indiana, the team took a photo with Keiser's jersey and sent it to him. "We were playing for him," said linebacker Mike Hull, one of the visitors to Keiser.
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November 10, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's defense did what it was supposed to do: The defensive ends pressured and contained the edge, the defensive tackles shed blocks without much issue, and the linebackers identified and filled any open gaps. This isn't new; the Nittany Lions have been nearly impenetrable all season long. But to do it against arguably the nation's top rusher and not allow themselves to get complacent on a single play was further evidence that this defense is elite.
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November 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As he was racing down the left sideline in front of his bench during Penn State's best rushing play of the season, Bill Belton had just one thought in mind. Don't get caught. The senior from South Jersey heard the footsteps Saturday but outraced two defenders to complete a school-record 92-yard touchdown run that helped the Nittany Lions break a four-game losing streak with a 13-7 win over Indiana and renewed their hopes to become bowl-eligible. Belton's big play gave a boost to an offense that sputtered yet again, and he starred along with an outstanding performance by the Penn State defense, which did not allow the Hoosiers (3-6, 0-5 Big Ten)
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November 8, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Commonwealth Court judge granted a request Friday that she privately review 477 e-mails from the NCAA related to the Pennsylvania State University child-molestation scandal that the organization had argued were protected internal communications. Judge Anne E. Covey ordered the NCAA to deliver the e-mails by noon next Friday for her to review as part of a lawsuit brought by State Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre) over who would benefit from the $60 million fine the university agreed to pay to the NCAA.
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November 8, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's defense has done the same thing every game this year, and its formula won't change against Indiana this weekend. "We've got to stop the run and make them one-dimensional," Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson said. The Nittany Lions will have their hands full trying to halt the Hoosiers' rushing attack tomorrow in Bloomington, but they shouldn't worry about making Indiana's offense one-dimensional - because it already is. The Hoosiers have 35 total passing yards in their last two games.
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November 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State kicker Sam Ficken and the people who once represented his harshest critics on social media probably could not have seen this evolution a mere 26 months ago. It was in September of his sophomore year, two games into his new role as the Nittany Lions' kicker, when he missed four field-goal attempts at Virginia and received death threats. Now a senior, Ficken is 17 of 19 in field goals and was named Thursday as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's best kicker.
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November 8, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Joe Paterno "probably" should not have been fired, Gov. Corbett said Thursday. In his most expansive comments since the child-sex-abuse scandal erupted at Pennsylvania State University three years ago, the governor said that Paterno "technically complied with the law" in dealing with pedophile Jerry Sandusky and that university trustees should have let the iconic coach end his career when the season did. "They probably shouldn't have...
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