Penn State’s defense will be shorthanded Saturday at Maryland

Had the second half gone differently, had Nebraska not kept scoring, Troy Apke may not have been on the field. But the senior safety was out there in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Cornhuskers tried to mount a furious comeback. That’s when he picked up a targeting call that will keep him on the […]

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Encore, encore: Barkley, Penn State thump Nebraska

STATE COLLEGE — Three touchdowns, 224 total yards and another major school record later, Saquon Barkley wouldn’t confirm it was his last performance at Beaver Stadium. But the star running back did make one thing clear after Penn State’s 56-44 shredding of Nebraska on Saturday. “I’ve got two games left,” Barkley said. “I’m playing in […]

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Nebraska limps into Happy Valley for Penn State’s senior day

Until last month, it was the largest crowd to fill Beaver Stadium. Fifteen years ago, Penn State hosted No. 8 Nebraska under the lights and made the nation take notice with a 40-7 romp of the Cornhuskers. That was the last time Penn State beat Nebraska. And for the Huskers, it was the start of […]

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Penn State’s Mike Gesicki continues his long road toward the NFL

Mike Gesicki’s physical routine before the 2016 season was well-documented. The Penn State tight end stayed after practice every day during the offseason to hit the blocking sled and catch passes. But off the field, he did the same sort of repetition to help from a psychological standpoint. “I had goals and aspirations,” Gesicki said. […]

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A potential final home game awaits Penn State’s Saquon Barkley on Saturday

It wasn’t something Saquon Barkley was willing to think about. At least not to discuss it publicly. Though he won’t have his name called before Saturday’s game against Nebraska, it will almost certainly be Barkley’s final game in Beaver Stadium as the NFL and a projected first-round draft selection awaits in the spring. “That’s not […]

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PSU’s Brandon Smith steps in for suspended linebacker Manny Bowen

Brandon Smith had started his Penn State career in 2013 as a fullback. Which was a bit of a problem considering the Nittany Lions don’t even acknowledge the position exists anymore. So he was essentially a walk-on tight end, quite literally looking up to guys like 6-foot-7 Jesse James and 6-foot-6 Mike Gesicki. “I was […]

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Nittany Lions knock off the rust, cruise past Rutgers 35-6

STATE COLLEGE — As the second quarter began, he was more animated than usual. Which, for Marcus Allen, is saying something. Coming off of two straight losses, the fiery Penn State safety took every opportunity to hammer Rutgers players and pump up his fellow defenders, who found themselves facing a first-quarter deficit for the first […]

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Penn State regroups as improved Rutgers hits Happy Valley

In hindsight, Penn State was set up for a letdown last week. According to their coach, the Nittany Lions struggled to bounce back from a 39-38 loss to Ohio State and then fell short again the following game, falling 27-24 at Michigan State. “I don’t think we got over the Ohio State game quick enough,” […]

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Nittany Lions hunting for physical edge up front against Rutgers

He was talking about the pass rush at the time. But it could have applied to any number of topics on James Franklin’s mind. “It’s not one specific issue,” the Penn State coach said. “It’s not one specific concern. It’s a lot of things.” Following the Nittany Lions’ second straight loss on Saturday, Franklin made […]

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Penn State wideout DeAndre Thompkins continues evolving

Because of how things ended, DeAndre Thompkins’s first career 100-yard game won’t be what most remembered. Nor the trickier-than-it-looked 70-yard touchdown catch that gave Penn State the lead. Because the Nittany Lions lost to Michigan State, it will be the catch Thompkins didn’t make that will stick out. A fourth-and-3 slant that hit off the […]

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