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Penn State seniors get just reward in Pinstripe Bowl victory

Penn State football was supposed to be dead, gone or at least completely irrelevant after the NCAA hammer came down on the program in the summer of 2012. However, for a select group of seniors on this team they got a just reward for sticking things out in the form of a 31-30 overtime win against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl. No other player has exemplified the struggle and...
Via Talking 10
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: 5 keys to beating Illinois

James Franklin knows that success on the football field starts by winning the battle in the trenches. That’s exactly what Penn State (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) did last week in their 30-13 win over Temple, and just what it will try to do again on Saturday when they travel to face Illinois (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten) for a noon kick on ESPN2. Penn State racked up 254 yards on the ground and dominated...
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vine: Penn State Kicker Sam Ficken Celebrated A Made Field Goal With A “Three Goggles” Celebration

Penn State and Temple are in the middle of a really ugly game in Happy Valley. All of the game’s scoring has come by way of field goals, and the Nittany Lions lead, 6-3. At the end of the first half, Penn State kicker Sam Ficken drilled a 50-yard field goal, which was his second made kick of the day. After the ball went through, Ficken celebrated by taking his right hand and putting...
Via College Spun
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Don’t call it a moral victory

You won’t hear about anything about “moral victories” from anyone inside the Penn State football locker room. And while they won’t say it publicly, those around the Penn State program are proud of the effort and resiliency shown in Saturday’s 31-24 overtime loss against Ohio State. The Nittany Lions (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) came into the day as more than two touchdown underdogs...
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions finding ways to win

While the season is just three games in, the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have found out quite a bit of what kind of DNA the 2014 team has, well so far at least. James Franklin said a few weeks ago that his team had the ability to win when things are going against them. In other terms the first-year Penn State coach meant that his team can finds ways to win when they’re...
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State kicker Sam Ficken wins Big Ten Player of the Week honor

The #B1G Special Teams POW is K Sam Ficken of @PennStateFball – 4 FGs, including game-winner against UCF. — Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 1, 2014
Via Nittany Lions Den
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Penn State 26, UCF 24: Oh, Sammy Boy

Penn State’s flight home across the Atlantic Ocean was likely a smooth one. You can thank kicker Sam Ficken for that one. Ficken successfully kicked all four of his field goal attempts on the pitch in Dublin, Ireland, and Penn State needed every one of those 12 points to get past UCF in the Croke Park Classic. Ficken’s fourth field goal was a game-winning field goal as time expired...
Via Nittany Lions Den
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: James Franklin Couldn’t Have Been Happier To See Penn State Kicker Sam Ficken After The Nittany Lions Beat UCF

Penn State kicker Sam Ficken has had an up-and-down career in Happy Valley. Like many kickers, he has made some big kicks, but he has also missed his fair share of kicks ever since being named Penn State’s starting kicker in 2012. Today, Ficken nailed four field goals — including the game-winner — to help lead the Nittany Lions to a 26-24 victory over Central Florida in Dublin...
Via College Spun
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

PSU’s Sam Ficken field goal beats UCF: Video

This was a good game, we thought UCF just led themselves to a game winning touchdown drive, but Penn State had other plans. With three seconds Sam Ficken made the game winning field goal. Penn State won 26-24 in a week 1 thriller.
Via The Front Office News
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

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 during...
Via AP on Fox
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

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