Found September 08, 2012 on Nittany Lions Den:
There is a funny thing about kickers in football. No matter how many kicks one may miss in the first 59 minutes of a game, it always has a way to ensure that the one opportunity that comes in the final minute can erase the pains leading up to it. For Penn State kicker Sam Ficken, that opportunity was there to rewrite the game story on the final play of the game at Virginia, but a last second field goal attempt sailed wide left and Penn State dropped to 0-2 with a 17-16 defeat at Virginia Saturday afternoon. Ficken was 1-for-5 on field goal attempts, and a missed extra point attempt in the fourth quarter would come back to haunt Penn State as Virginia took the lead on their final extra appoint attempt of the day. Rather than see the game head to overtime following the missed field goal attempt as the clock expired, Virginia celebrated the one-point victory. Penn State opened the scoring midway through the first quarter with Matt McGloin connecting on an eight-yard touchdown pass ov...

Penn State football looks to rebound at Virginia

Bill O’Brien hopes to fare better in his second game at the helm of Nittany Lions when Penn State travels to Virginia to battle the Cavaliers on Saturday at noon. The Lions (0-1) blew an 11-point lead last Saturday to Ohio in O’Brien’s debut as coach. Despite the loss, the Lions are prepared to move on with a tough road battle against an ACC foe. The Cavaliers (1-0) took down...

TWTW: Early Returns At UVA, Miss State

((HT: AltoonaMirror)) Corey Giger and Neil Ridel discuss the heart-breaking end (from Penn State's perspective) of the 17-16 loss to UVa in Charlottesville... Sam Ficken missed four field goals on the day- including the possible game-winner as time expired... No word on whether or not sharp objects were kept from Ficken as they went home to Not-So-Happy Valley... ...

Nittany Lions: We win and lose as a team

Four missed field goals, including one on the last play that would have won the game. A solid defensive effort - until it needed it most. Another tough-to-take loss for resilient Penn State. The Nittany Lions (0-2) probably don't need any more rallying points, but got another one on Saturday in the person of sophomore placekicker Sam Ficken, whose day could hardly have gone...

Welcome to the Fallout: Arkansas, Penn State, and more.

After the Fall. Arkansas completely falls out of the AP college football poll after it's 34-31 upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe. (AP via Yahoo! Sports) Welcome to My Nightmare. Penn State is 0-2 after being taken down by Virginia 17-16, thanks in no smart to a poor performance from Nittany Lion kicker Sam Ficken. ( What can Northwestern do that Michigan...

Penn State drops heartbreaker at Virginia, 17-16

The start of the Bill O’Brien era has been one to forget for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco led a last minute drive that produced a touchdown to Jake McGee to put the Cavaliers up 17-16 before a last second field goal attempt by Penn State’s Sam Ficken that sailed wide left to give Virginia the win. For the second time in two weeks, Penn State...

Missed field goals doom Penn State

Virginia's Michael Rocco hit Jake McGee on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 to play Saturday, and Sam Ficken's fourth missed field goal of the game - from 42 yards at the gun - preserved the Cavaliers' 17-16 victory over Penn State. The loss in new coach Bill O'Brien's first road game hurt the Nittany Lions just as much, if not moreso, than their defeat last...

UVA: Lions Lose 17-16 Heartbreaker to UVA

Virginia's Michael Rocco hit Jake McGee on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 to play Saturday, and Sam Ficken's fourth missed field goal of the game — from 42 yards at the gun — preserved the Cavaliers' 17-16 victory over Penn State.

Penn State Football: Just Another Sad Day in (Un)Happy Valley

Another Saturday, another game for the Penn State Nittany Lions. For many players on the team, taking a trip away from State College was just what they needed with their stress filled season. Upon arriving at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA, most players were fully prepared for their game against the University of Virginia. On Penn State's opening drive, there were visions...
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