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November 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State has been seeing its share of opposing quarterbacks who can run with the football and drive its pass rushers a little silly with quickness and deception. Three weeks ago, it was Ohio State's J.T. Barrett who dented the Nittany Lions' top-ranked defense with 75 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Then Indiana freshman Zander Diamont, all 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds of him, got off some good runs early against the Nittany Lions, finishing with 14 carries for 58 yards. Penn State (5-4)
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November 14, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The struggles of Temple's P.J. Walker have been analyzed repeatedly, but he is not the only major college quarterback in the state who is having problems. Big things were expected of Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg after a wonderful freshman season that saw him complete 231 of 392 passes for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns. This season has been a different story. With three games remaining, Hackenberg has passed for just seven touchdowns. After throwing 10 interceptions last season, he has been picked off 12 times already.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even with the revelation that NCAA officials may have bluffed their way through getting Pennsylvania State University to agree to football sanctions, the chairman of the university's board of trustees on Thursday maintained that the university made the right decision signing the consent decree. And the university, Chairman Keith Masser said, will continue to honor the deal. "It's easy to play cards when they're turned up," Masser said in an interview, during a break in board committee meetings on Thursday.
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November 13, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
There could be a time in the not-so-distant future at Temple when they will look back on the performance of the offensive line and point to a place where it all came together. They would love for that to be Saturday. A young group - center Kyle Friend is the only returning starter - the offensive line has been nicked up in recent weeks. On Saturday, the Owls (5-4) will face a stingy Penn State (5-4) defense that is ranked first in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing defense (85.6 yards per game)
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Louis Freeh regularly conferred with the NCAA and kept its top officials informed as his firm investigated Pennsylvania State University's handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to e-mails unearthed by critics of Freeh and the league. What those messages meant became the subject of a heated debate Wednesday between the college athletics' governing body and the state officials suing over the crippling sanctions imposed on Penn State after Freeh's 2012 report. "It's troubling.
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November 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Guard Miles Dieffenbach wasn't going to allow anything to snuff out his final season in a Penn State uniform, not even something as serious as a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. As a result, there were no doubts or negative thoughts or pity parties for the 6-foot-3, 303-pound fifth-year senior and, in the end, his resolve and fortitude prevailed. On Saturday, after less than eight months of arduous rehabilitation, Dieffenbach returned to the Nittany Lions' lineup - if only for 10 plays - and emerged from the game pain-free, giving an emotional boost to his teammates and coaches, and to himself.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State coach James Franklin likes to examine the statistics of his team's next opponent early in his game-week preparation, and it's probably safe to say that he did a double take when he saw what Temple has done in forcing turnovers and scoring touchdowns on defense and special teams. The Owls, who visit Beaver Stadium on Saturday, have forced 25 turnovers - 17 fumbles and eight interceptions - and that's tied for seventh in the FBS. They also have scored nine touchdowns on defense and special teams.
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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.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like anyone else who returns to the place where it all began, Matt Rhule will look for the familiar faces. But unlike other trips to his State College hometown, Rhule's first trip there this weekend as Temple's head coach will be more about business than pleasure. "This is a great opportunity for our football team to play a really good football team," Rhule, a former Penn State linebacker, said of Saturday's game between the Owls and the Nittany Lions. "But I really haven't given it much thought from a different angle other than preparing the team, and I don't really have a special feeling about it. " Temple (5-4)
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