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‘Just like beating Akron:’ Penn State knocks off Pitt

STATE COLLEGE — The question had the word “rivalry” in it, and Marcus Allen felt the need to interrupt. “I wouldn’t say it’s a rivalry, to be honest,” the Penn State senior safety said after the Nittany Lions’ 33-14 win over Pitt on Saturday. “We just came into this game prepared and ready to play. […]

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Report card: Penn State puts Panthers in a cage, gains revenge on Pitt

It took 88 minutes and 88 seconds for someone to finally score on Penn State this season. And even then, it was only a field goal. The first touchdown came more than seven quarters into the season, when a backup quarterback named Ben DiNucci scrambled across the goal line and into the end zone with […]

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Penn State aims to keep emotions in check against rival Pitt

The mantra inside Penn State’s Lasch Building headquarters is pretty clear. Stir up no controversy. Rattle no cages. Keep things consistent heading into Saturday’s showdown with Pitt. Outside the program? The opinions are just a bit stronger with the Panthers coming to town. “This weekend I hope Penn State put up 60 on Pitt,” former […]

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Pitt’s Quadree Henderson poses major problem for Penn State

James Franklin called him a “game-wrecker.” It’s only a bit of a stretch to say that Quadree Henderson was a season-wrecker for Penn State and its coach in 2016. Pitt’s All-America return man played a huge role in short-circuiting the Nittany Lions’ 21-point comeback when the teams met last September at Heinz Field. Penn State […]

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Lake-Lehman’s Connor McGovern growing as Penn State’s new center

Matt Limegrover had called it a crucible. Penn State’s offensive line coach knew it was going to be a lot to ask of Connor McGovern. The true freshman got his first major dose of college football last fall while going up against Michigan, which boasted arguably the country’s best defensive line. Though he didn’t start […]

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Penn State, Pitt keep same approaches headed into Saturday’s showdown

Saturday’s showdown with Pitt, James Franklin said, “is the most important game in the universe.” Until next week, that is, when the Nittany Lions’ meeting with Georgia State becomes the most important game in the universe. This, of course, is no surprise. Since taking over as Penn State’s coach, Franklin has preached absolute consistency in […]

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PSU Report Card: Straight A’s for Nittany Lions in opening-day rout

It wasn’t just the sight of DeAndre Thompkins bringing back a punt for a 61-yard touchdown that inspired Penn State. It was the dazzling 42-yard return he made of another punt that should have led to points and the 15-yard run-back he made later that helped set up a touchdown. Put them all together, and […]

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Runaway victory: Nittany Lions start season strong with rout of Akron

STATE COLLEGE — It’s not like it was entirely planned this way. Penn State’s offense is designed to get the ball where the defense isn’t after the snap. If that means Saquon Barkley doesn’t touch the ball on the first nine plays of the season, well… “I’m perfectly fine with it,” the Heisman hopeful running […]

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A defense with teeth that makes the Nittany Lions roar

The pride of Penn State football wasn’t built on the arms of future first-round NFL draft picks like Kerry Collins or Todd Blackledge playing quarterback. It was never caught up with game-breaking wide receivers like Kenny Jackson, Bobby Engram, O.J. McDuffie or Allen Robinson. It never rode on the legs of the long and storied […]

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DeAndre Thompkins’ punt return TD ends long drought for PSU

STATE COLLEGE — It was a sight Penn State hadn’t seen in nearly nine full years. And inside Beaver Stadium? Make it a decade. That would be a punt return for a touchdown by the Nittany Lions. DeAndre Thompkins didn’t waste time in ending the long, long drought, scoring Penn State’s first points of the […]

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