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September 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - With two of Penn State's victories this season having come on a last-second field goal and a touchdown in the final 73 seconds, the Nittany Lions defense certainly was happy to have a relatively easy game for a change. "It's always nice to win in this fashion" linebacker Mike Hull said Saturday after the Lions crushed Massachusetts, 48-7. "You get a lot of younger guys in to get experience and also some of the older guys who have paid their dues. " Added linebacker Brandon Bell, "The tough ones feel better at the end, but a win is a win. It builds our confidence as a team every time we win. " A Massachusetts guy Redshirt freshman D.J. Crook, who received the mop-up assignment in relief of Christian Hackenberg for the final quarter-and-a-half of the game, was pleased to be able to get on the field against UMass.
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September 22, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State exploded on the ground for 228 yards against Massachusetts on Saturday - 1 more yard than the Nittany Lions had rushed for through their first three games combined. Gaping holes in the 48-7 blowout victory over the Minutemen offered the Lions' running game an opportunity to put on a show for the Beaver Stadium crowd, which celebrated five Penn State rushing touchdowns alone. The breakout day on the ground, as well as a largely peaceful day for Christian Hackenberg in the pocket, allowed a youthful offensive line to prove something to itself, redshirt freshman Andrew Nelson said.
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September 21, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Citing increased costs and the desire to create a business innovation program, Pennsylvania State University will seek a 6 percent increase in state funding next year. President Eric Barron, speaking at a board of trustees meeting Friday, called the request a "modest increase" aimed in large part at creating a "strategic partnership" with the state to bring business leaders to campus to help guide ideas developed by student researchers into the marketplace. The board-approved request of $307 million represents an increase of $17 million over last year.
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September 21, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When runners line up for Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, look out for Tyler McCandless. The Bath, Pa., native is coming back from Colorado to run an almost-hometown race. McCandless, 27, ran for Penn State, where he earned all-American honors in the 10,000 meters with a 12th- place finish at the NCAA Division I championships. After graduating in 2010 with both bachelor's and master's degrees in meteorology, he followed his adviser to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where she is now director of the lab, to do research in solar power forecasting while completing his doctorate.
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September 21, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The perception is that Penn State's tight ends have taken a step back in their offensive roles under James Franklin, but the numbers say different. Jesse James, Kyle Carter and true freshman Mike Gesicki have combined for 18 receptions in the Nittany Lions' first three games, with James (10 catches) accounting for both touchdowns from the position. Previous Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was known for his imagination in utilizing his tight ends, who caught 83 passes in his first season, 2012.
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September 19, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Behind the defensive line are the linebackers, and if an offensive playmaker gets by the second level, the linebackers, of course, can lean on defensive backs. But if a ball carrier gets past the secondary? See ya. "We're the last line of defense," Penn State cornerbacks coach Terry Smith said. "Our mistakes are touchdowns. " Thankfully for Smith and the Nittany Lions secondary, that final wall before the end zone has held firm so far, and it needs to remain solid this weekend against a quietly potent Massachusetts offense.
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September 19, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Penn State on Wednesday named John Gondak, a Central Bucks West graduate, as coach and director of cross-country and track and field. Gondak, 41, had been the interim coach since July, when Beth Alford-Sullivan left for Tennessee. He has been with the Nittany Lions for the last eight years. Men's soccer. Wyatt McCall and Michael Stewart scored as 18th-ranked Swarthmore earned a 2-1 victory over Richard Stockton (6-2-1) in Galloway, N.J. The Garnet (6-0) will put their 17-game unbeaten streak at home on the line Saturday against sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall.
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September 19, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Alex Pechin is recognized the most for his play as Unionville's second-year quarterback, but several colleges are showing interest in his leg more than his arm. In this season's opener, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior drilled two field goals, including a 50-yarder, to help the host Indians nip nonleague rival Garnet Valley, 8-6. Because of his booming kicks and excellent showing in the classroom, Pechin has drawn interest from the likes of...
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September 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State fans knew at the start of the 2014 football season that they would have to wait for the Nittany Lions to develop their running game before it became somewhat proficient. The Lions are entering Week 4 Saturday against Massachusetts, and the fans are still waiting. However, the advice from senior tailback Bill Belton is basically: Don't despair, we're going to get this right very soon. "I don't think we're that far away at all," the former Winslow Township High star said Wednesday.
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September 19, 2014
ARCHBISHOP WOOD senior offensive/defensive lineman Ryan Bates has been selected to the 2015 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. Bates, a 6-5, 285-pounder, is a Penn State commit and was the top-rated offensive lineman on the Daily News' All-City team as a junior. One of four senior captains, Bates looks to help the Vikings defend their second Class AAA state title in three seasons. Wood head coach Steve Devlin also has accepted an invitation to coach the game.
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