PSU notebook: Late special teams gaffe spoils a big night for Lions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second straight year, it was a block on special teams that changed the season for Penn State and Ohio State. The Nittany Lions’ upset of the Buckeyes in 2016 was fueled by a blocked punt and a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown, giving the Lions the […]

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Heartbreaker at the Horseshoe: Barrett rallies Buckeyes past Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Penn State took the opening kickoff back for a score. The Nittany Lions had an interception turn into a touchdown after a replay review. They finished with the most points they had ever scored in Ohio Stadium. It wasn’t enough to beat the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s advantage in the trenches on both […]

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Nittany Lions face new role this season as underdogs at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time all season, Penn State will take the field as an underdog. “I actually did not know that,” star tailback Saquon Barkley said after being told that oddsmakers don’t favor the Nittany Lions at Ohio State on Saturday. There’s a number of reasons that the Lions, despite carrying a […]

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Heisman hopefuls: Barkley, Barrett in the spotlight for PSU-OSU

Saquon Barkley and J.T. Barrett both got the big-picture questions this week. The respective stars for Penn State and Ohio State largely shrugged them off. Players, especially Heisman Trophy candidates like these two, can’t afford to do much but focus on Saturday’s showdown in Columbus between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes. Nevertheless, the spotlight will […]

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Marcus Allen, Grant Haley still playing starring roles for Penn State

They arrived at Penn State at the same time — Marcus Allen from Maryland, Grant Haley from Georgia. Both play in the secondary, but both bring very different approaches. “Marcus is bubbly, outgoing, full of energy, huge smile on his face, dancing, laughing, clowning other guys, me, other players, everybody,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin […]

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Penn State, Ohio State sing each other’s praises to open big week

James Franklin wasn’t ready to talk about Ohio State on Saturday night. After beating Michigan, the Penn State coach preemptively headed off any questions about the Buckeyes, ultimately picking up a reporter’s phone that was recording near him to check the time — 11:23. “Thirty-seven minutes,” Franklin said. “We’ve got 37 minutes to enjoy this […]

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Nittany Lions deliver statement victory, pummel Wolverines 42-13

STATE COLLEGE — They had started practicing it back in training camp. They had saved it for the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense. And it took just two plays on Saturday night for Penn State to show it off. Connor McGovern’s shotgun snap went back to Saquon Barkley, not Trace McSorley, as the running back and […]

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Penn State’s busy night starts with ‘GameDay’

STATE COLLEGE — ESPN security had warned Lee Corso not to do it. The former coach and famed “College GameDay” co-host turned 82 just a few weeks before the start of the 2017 season. But there he was Saturday morning on the lawn at Old Main, surfing the crowd right behind the Nittany Lion mascot […]

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Michigan loss still stings a year later for Nittany Lions

The Big Ten Network cameras had followed Marcus Allen into the tunnel at Michigan Stadium last September. The Penn State safety and his teammates had just suffered a 49-10 loss to the Wolverines that dropped them to 2-2. Walking next to Saquon Barkley, Allen made a pledge to the running back. “We’ll never get embarrassed […]

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Penn State’s annual White Out game develops a wide-ranging influence

Not satisfied with just Beaver Stadium dressing in all white on Saturday night, James Franklin set his sights on the entire town for the weekend. The Penn State coach has been asking everyone in State College to take part in the Nittany Lions’ annual White Out on Friday and Saturday, leading into the game against […]

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