Found October 27, 2011 on
Nittany Lions Den:
Time once again for the Blue White Round Table. We're once again late to the table this week but check out Black Shoe Diaries later for a ful round-up of this week's discussion.
1. Northwestern's offensive output against the Penn State defense was rivaled only by Alabama. What made the Wildcats so effective? What adjustments did Penn State make in the second half?
Northwestern came in to last weekend and played an up-tempo style and found a way to crack a soft secondary, which was giving Northwestern all kinds of room to work with in a bend-don't-break philosophy. I think that everybody was prepared for a wild first half but I just did not see Northwestern being able to do what they did in the first half for 60 minutes, which favored Penn State.
I think the key in the second half was not necessarily the adjustments made, but the fact that Penn State's defensive line was more athletic and physical than Northwestern's offensive line. There was more pressure ...
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In July, running back Stephfon Green said 2011 would be a season of "redemption him." Three months later, he's finally getting his chance.
The fifth-year senior last week carried 9 times for 33 yards and a touchdown (his first in 20 games) in Penn State's victory over Northwestern. It was his most active game in over a year and signaled his return from offseason...
When the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) welcome the Illinois Fighting (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) Illini to Beaver Stadium on Saturday they’ll be looking to maintain their lead in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten with revenge on their mind.
That revenge comes from last season’s shalacking at the hands of the Illini, 33-13 in Beaver Stadium, the Lions’ worst home loss...
One theme put forth by Joe Paterno critics is that the coach is too selfish to retire.I’m not going to argue that point, and I am not going to necessarily agree with it, either.But, here is another spin: What if JoePa, who preaches and practices loyalty almost to a fault, is staying on the job to protect his staff?
Perhaps JoePa believes that after he retires, the Penn State brass...
The busiest running back in the Big Ten has been treating a minor shoulder stinger this week but says he will be ready for Saturday's game against Northwestern. And he expects to remain busy.
Silas Redd, Penn State's sophomore back, leads the conference in both carries (165) and yards rushing (869) through eight games. Over the last four, Redd has averaged 141.5 yards...
Penn State tailback Silas Redd (Norwalk, Conn.) has been added to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to college football's player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.
Penn State's Anthony Fera (Cypress, Texas) is among the 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Place-kicker Award, presented annually to the college football's top placekicker by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Whomever claimed early in the season that Penn State was a mediocre team wasn't paying attention. The Nittany Lions have long enjoyed outstanding recruiting, and who can possibly discredit coaching that includes the ageless Joe Paterno and an experienced staff? They are 7-1 on the season and possess strength in all three phases of the game.
The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team will kickoff its WBCA Pink Zone at Penn State fundraising campaign with a Hoop Shoot prior to the Penn State-Illinois football game. The Hoop Shoot, which will be located on the arena floor at the Bryce Jordan Center, will take place from 12-2:30 p.m. Members of the Lady Lions will be on hand from 1:20-2:30 p.m.
Penn State was selected as the favorite and the Lady Lions' Alex Bentley and Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis shared preseason Player of the Year honors in votes by the coaches and media. Penn State has four starters back from a team that won 25 games, including Bentley -- a first-team, all-conference pick last year.
Penn State is warning that a potential early-season snowstorm could force changes in parking lots around Beaver Stadium for Saturday's game against Illinois.
Of the top 25 teams in the BCS football standings, two schools are tied for the best graduation rate for their players, and they are Penn State and Stanford at 87 percent.
This is according to the latest statistics released Tuesday by the NCAA.
So, once again, here is evidence that JoePa means it when he says he cares about academics.
Also of note, Oklahoma had the worst graduation...
Penn State has shut out two of their four Big Ten opponents in the second halfCHAMPAIGN — Illinois players and coaches have mostly shrugged when asked why they have stalled through three quarters in losses to Ohio State and Purdue.