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December 12, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
St. Joseph's Prep, in looking to capture its second consecutive PIAA Class AAAA state football title, is preparing for a major aerial assault. Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci has connected on 246 of his 355 passes for 3,886 yards and 42 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior is 66 yards shy of breaking the state's single-season passing record. "He's really fun to watch," St. Joseph's coach Gabe Infante said. "I love the way he throws the football. And he seems like a real cool customer under pressure.
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December 11, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - After defeating Temple on Nov. 15, Penn State became bowl-eligible, and from that point forward, the question of where the Nittany Lions would go in their first postseason opportunity since 2011 was a waiting game. First-year head coach James Franklin, athletic director Sandy Barbour and the rest of the Lions found out on Sunday that Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) is Big Apple-bound, slated to play Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.
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December 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reuniting with an old Eastern rival, Penn State has accepted an invitation to play Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN. The Nittany Lions, who were 6-6 in James Franklin's initial year as head coach, will play in their first bowl game since the 2011 postseason, when they competed in the Ticket City Bowl in Dallas. They were ineligible to participate in a bowl the last two seasons because of NCAA sanctions. This will be Penn State's 45th bowl appearance in program history; the Lions have compiled a 27-15-2 record on the field.
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December 9, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Happy Valley is in a "New York State of Mind. " A few days after Billy Joel performed at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State kept the theme going when it was announced last evening that the Nittany Lions will play in the Pinstripe Bowl. Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) will face Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium in its first postseason appearance since 2011. "I think there are a lot of unique opportunities that go with this," Penn State coach James Franklin said.
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December 5, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE MUCKETY-MUCKS at Penn State must be cringing. Someone forgot to make sure convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky was taken off the list of fans who receive letters from head football coach James Franklin asking for support. Onwardstate.com said it obtained a copy of the letter from filmmaker John Ziegler, who wrote the book "The Framing of Joe Paterno," and who operates the website FramingPaterno.com. "I got it from someone at the Sandusky home when the letter was received," Ziegler told the Daily News in a email yesterday.
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December 4, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Finishing a regular season 6-6 isn't what Penn State fans are used to. Neither is it something they want to get comfortable with. If you looked at the Nittany Lions' schedule 4 months ago and predicted a .500 record, most would call you a liar. Penn State, by all accounts, had it pretty easy. The Lions had a relatively soft nonconference slate, faced their two most difficult tests - Ohio State and Michigan State - at home, and, as of now, only six of 12 opponents are bowl-eligible.
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December 3, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's regular season is over, and it was certainly something. Encouraging to start and disappointing at the end, James Franklin's inaugural season at the helm of the Nittany Lions was filled with story lines. Franklin's career with the Lions started as exciting as it could have, beating Central Florida on a last second, game-winning field goal in Ireland. That game provided some momentum and, boosted by the NCAA lifting Penn State's bowl ban, the team was riding high with a 4-0 record.
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December 2, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - After singing the postgame alma mater on Saturday, redshirt senior linebacker Mike Hull and his teammates didn't stick around to take in the scene at Beaver Stadium. They went straight to the locker room. "We wanted to give [the fans] a good show. We weren't able to do that," Hull said. "It wasn't a good feeling. We got our butts kicked. " Losing to No. 10 Michigan State, 34-10, on Senior Day wasn't what Hull or any of his fellow upperclassmen had in mind.
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December 1, 2014
When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa. Records: Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten, ranked No. 10 nationally by AP); Penn State (6-5, 2-5). TV/Radio: 6ABC; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (1st season, 6-5; 30-20 overall). Michigan State, Mark Dantonio (8th season, 73-31; 90-48 overall) Series: The series resumes after a three-year absence now that the Nittany Lions and the Spartans are in the same division.
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