December 28, 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.
September 23, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Some pigskin pundits are obsessed with establishing a running game and controlling the clock. They say those are the keys to victory. But that approach is rarely a key against a hard-to-run-on team like Penn State. Houston, in last season's TicketCity Bowl, and Ohio, in this season's opener, displayed a blueprint to beat the Nittany Lions. Temple might want to consider the formula in Saturday's game at Beaver Stadium. Both teams spread the field, sped up the game, and attacked Penn State's secondary.
September 14, 2012 |
Shawney Kersey had carried on a somewhat strange relationship with Penn State ever since he was recruited out of Woodbury High School by Joe Paterno's staff. After a redshirt year and two rather idle seasons on the Paterno-coached Nittany Lions, maybe Kersey thought he would enjoy a rebirth with new coach Bill O'Brien after a good spring and preseason, and starts in the first two games of 2012. But any good feelings were short-lived. O'Brien announced Wednesday, via Penn State football's Twitter feed, that Kersey had left the team for personal reasons.
January 6, 2012 |
When Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner last met with the team's beat reporters during TicketCity Bowl week, he was asked whether he needed to hire a "home-run candidate" to replace iconic Joe Paterno as the Nittany Lions' head football coach. "It depends on how you judge a home run," Joyner said. "I judge it by getting the person that has those qualities that we're used to in the university. I think if we get somebody that reflects the values at this university for a long time and the football program in particular, then I feel like we hit a home run. " So whether Joyner, chairman of the search committee, believes he has that home-run candidate in New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien isn't known, because he passed on two opportunities - going into and coming out of a meeting with the current coaching staff at the Lasch Football Building at Penn State - to speak on the subject Friday.
July 24, 2012 |
THE JACKHAMMERS did their work quickly, by all accounts. The cement that moored the Joe Paterno statue to its foundation broke easily. It had to come down, and on a summer Sunday morning it did come down, and there really should not have been a debate; false idols, etc. If only the rest were that easy. The NCAA comes on Monday. An organization that has most often stood for all that was good and holy and profitable in college athletics — and not necessarily in that order — is set to pronounce sentence on the Penn State football program.
January 2, 2012
DALLAS - A season of tragedy and upheaval finally came to an end for Penn State football Monday in a third-rate bowl game played in a half-empty stadium that has also seen much better days. There wasn't much of a final reward for the Nittany Lions players who endured the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal this season. They very nearly voted to turn down this invitation from the TicketCity Bowl after being bypassed by several bowls farther up the pecking order. The better bowls with Big Ten conference affiliation thought Penn State's distressing season would keep its normally loyal fans from traveling, and they were apparently right.
October 6, 2012 |
Kain Colter is a quarterback, a running back, and a wide receiver, and that's fitting because opposing defenses swear they are chasing three guys whenever he's on the field. Colter is not a big man at 6 feet and 190 pounds, but the Northwestern junior has become one of the ultimate weapons in the Big Ten Conference, able to make a big play at any time at any of the three positions. When the 24th-ranked Wildcats meet Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions will have to identify where No. 2 is at all times in their opponent's up-tempo offense.
August 31, 2012 |
He walked on at Penn State after no major football program offered him a scholarship. He spent each of the previous two seasons as a major character in the Nittany Lions' never-ending quarterback drama. Now, on Saturday, in his fifth season with the team, Matt McGloin will take the initial snap of Penn State's new football season for the first time. "It's a great feeling," McGloin said Wednesday. "It shows you that your hard work in the spring and the summer has paid off. This is what you play for, for 12 Saturdays out of the year.
January 3, 2012 |
DALLAS - A season of tragedy and upheaval finally came to an end for Penn State football Monday in a third-rate bowl game played in a half-empty stadium that also has seen much better days. There wasn't much of a final reward for the Nittany Lions players who endured the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal this season. They very nearly voted to turn down this invitation from the TicketCity Bowl after being bypassed by several bowls further up the pecking order. The better bowls with Big Ten Conference affiliation thought Penn State's distressing season would keep its normally loyal fans from traveling, and they apparently were right.