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December 29, 2014
Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Yankee Stadium, New York Records: Penn State, 6-6, 2-6 Big Ten (sixth in East Division). Boston College, 7-5, 4-4 ACC (fourth in Atlantic Division). TV/Radio: ESPN; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (first season, 6-6; 30-21 overall in four seasons). Boston College, Steve Addazio (second season, 14-11; 27-22 overall in four seasons) Series: The two teams have played 23 times since 1946. The Nittany Lions won 19 of the first 20 games in the series but the Eagles have captured the last three including a 21-7 win in their last meeting in 2004.
SPORTS
December 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It had been a long time, more than three months to be exact, since Christian Hackenberg looked like the confident quarterback who had excited Penn State fans during his 2013 freshman year, who was on everyone's top-10-in-the-nation list at the start of the season. On Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Hackenberg showed a captivated sellout Pinstripe Bowl crowd of 49,012 that he could still be that guy, leading the Nittany Lions back from a two-touchdown deficit against Boston College and carrying the game into overtime.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Elizabeth Morgan wasn't looking forward to the task in front of her. The veterinarian with close-cropped reddish-brown hair had always been more comfortable playing with the animals on her central Pennsylvania farm. But there she stood one day last month, before a couple of hundred people, cameras and a microphone in her face, determined to tell Pennsylvania State University's trustees exactly what she thought of them and their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
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December 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The script for Sam Ficken's career at Penn State could easily be the stuff of a compelling movie. A mild-mannered kid from Indiana travels East, almost gets chased home by angry fans after a horrible game in his second outing as the team's regular kicker, improves with the help of a former Nittany Lion, and drills two successful kicks in his final college game to give the Lions their first bowl victory in five years. Ficken kicked a game-tying, 44-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday and then capped the Pinstripe Bowl with what amounted to a walk-off extra point that gave Penn State a 31-30 victory over Boston College at Yankee Stadium.
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December 28, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Despite traveling a bumpy road trying to navigate his team through a season with fewer scholarship players than any of its opponents, first-year Penn State head coach James Franklin has managed to keep the same enthusiasm he displayed when he was hired. By and large, the Penn State fan base has been pleased by the promise Franklin has shown, particularly in the recruiting area that has set the Nittany Lions up well for the future, and maybe not as much by the fact the Lions are 2-6 after a 4-0 start and could finish below .500 if they don't defeat Boston College Saturday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
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December 28, 2014 | By John Stuetz, For The Inquirer
NEW YORK - After a few extra weeks to study film leading up to the Pinstripe Bowl, James Franklin has come to one major conclusion on Boston College's attack: It's dangerous in a lot of different ways. "They're running a lot of read plays, so if you overcompensate to try to stop the running back, then the quarterback has a chance to pull it and get on the edge, and he's a threat," Franklin said of Eagles signal caller Tyler Murphy. "He's a legitimate threat. " The dual-threat Murphy has torn opposing defenses apart for 21 total touchdowns - 11 through the air and 10 on the ground - and leads B.C. with 1,079 rushing yards.
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December 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After learning of the crushing sanctions the NCAA levied against Penn State in July 2012, linebacker Mike Hull was as good as gone, "really close" to packing up, heading home to Western Pennsylvania and enrolling at Pittsburgh, he said. "I basically was about to tell Coach [Bill] O'Brien that I wasn't coming back, and then I figured I'd sleep on it," Hull recalled earlier this season. "My roommates kind of talked me into staying and so did [Michael] Mauti. So I came back and I was fully invested for that [preseason]
SPORTS
December 26, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
TOMORROW'S Pinstripe Bowl is an opportunity for Penn State football. Strictly on paper, it's an opportunity at a winning record. After finishing the 2014 regular season at 6-6, the Nittany Lions will look to avoid their first losing record since 2004. Also, it's a chance to play in Yankee Stadium, a venue that, while relatively new, embodies so much history. But most important, it's an opportunity the Lions weren't supposed to have. Rocked by NCAA sanctions levied in July 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal, the Penn State program was supposed to wilt and die facing a 4-year bowl ban, scholarship limitations and a hefty $60 million fine.
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December 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angelo Mangiro left Roxbury (N.J.) High School as a four-star offensive lineman in football and a 3.5 student in the classroom. Other than a few struggles with reading and writing, the Penn State-bound Mangiro had little reason to believe something was holding him back from learning. That's why he was more than a bit surprised when, after taking a series of routine placement exams given to incoming students and some followup tests, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Mangiro refused to let that slow him down, however.
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