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Special teams, not just kicking, hurt Penn State

The special teams problems that cost Penn State in its loss to Nebraska went beyond a couple of missed kicks. Sam Ficken missed an extra point in the first quarter and a 37-yard field goal attempt in overtime as the Nittany Lions lost 23-20 on Saturday. Ficken's overtime miss wasn't a game-winning attempt, but it allowed Nebraska to keep the ball in the middle of the field...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Syracuse vs. Penn State: The Good, Bad & Ugly

The Good The game itself was pretty good. It was a game of two halves. The first half was a defensive game (or an offensive struggle). The second half was the complete opposite with most of the offensive production taking place in the second half.Penn St WR Allen Robinson who sat out the first half of the game for reasons Penn State Coach Bill O’Brien wouldn’t comment on, was...
Via Football Nation
September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Ficken is kickin'em through for Penn State

Sam Ficken, Mr. Reliable. Seriously. The Penn State kicker whom some Nittany Lions fans wanted to run out of Happy Valley last year has made 13 straight field goal attempts after starting the season by going 3 for 3 in a win against Syracuse. ''I couldn't be more confident in my ability,'' Ficken said Saturday after the Nittany Lions won 23-17 at MetLife Stadium...
Via Fox Sports
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Badgers' late comeback foiled by Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin's Kyle French attempt from 45 yards went wide left to seal Penn State's 24-21 win Saturday in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) could have ended it for good a play earlier, but linebacker Glenn Carson dropped a potential interception. ...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Lions hold off Owls 24-13

Last week, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien won his first game. This week, he extended his winning streak to two games. It’s might not seem like much, but it’s a start. Matt McGloin’s three touchdowns led Penn State past Temple. Senior quarterback Matt McGloin threw for 318 yards and accounted for three scores as Penn State (2-2) beat Temple (1-2), 24-13 at Beaver Stadium on...
September 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Week Two Unkind To Big Ten

For about half the conference last Saturday, week two could not have been much worse.  Penn State lost a second straight nail-biter with a  17-16 defeat at the hands of  Virginia, which ended  with Sam Ficken missing his fourth field goal of the day! The Nebraska defense gave up 653 yards to UCLA in their 36-30 loss. Iowa could only muster six points in their 9-6 defeat by Iowa...
Via The Sports Bank
September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State drops to 0-2 with 17-16 loss at Virginia

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...
Via Nittany Lions Den
September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

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... ...
Via Online Sports Guys
September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

PSU coach O'Brien stands by Ficken

Penn State is sticking with kicker Sam Ficken. The sophomore had an extra-point attempt blocked and missed four kicks in last week's 17-16 loss at Virginia, including the potential game-winner from 42 yards in a heavy drizzle. Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that Ficken is working hard to improve. He said everything else needs to get better, too, like the protection, snaps...
Via AP on Fox
August 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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