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In McGloin, PSU developed model walk-on for future

In quarterback Matt McGloin, coach Bill O'Brien found the shining example of how much a former walk-on can succeed at Penn State. A year for McGloin that included school records for career touchdown passes and single-season passing yards ended with the senior winning the Burlsworth Trophy, an award given to the top college player who started his career as a walk-on. Perfect...
Via AP on Fox
December 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State is finding a winning formula

After a shaky 0-2, the Penn State Nittany Lions appear to have found a winning formula and are hitting their stride 5 weeks into the season. With wins against Navy, in state “rival” Temple and most recently Illinois, Penn State looks to be on track for a successful season, much of which has to be creZdited to stellar coaching, poise from a senior quarterback and solid defensive...
Via Nittany Lions Den
September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

All of a sudden, Illinois a big game

  It may not be a battle of two top ten teams, but in many ways Penn State’s game Saturday at Illinois is Big Game No. 1 of the Bill O’Brien era. Before the season started many thought that the games at Virginia and at Illinois would go a long way in determining how good this Nittany Lion team would be. Well, the loss at Virginia was as crushing as losses get. Yet, Penn State...
Via Nittany Lions Den
September 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Beats Temple, Enters Big Ten Schedule 2-2

Buzz On Broad is proud to bring to you a brand new segment called "Inside PSU." We are all aware of the recent events surrounding the proud university involving some deranged higher-ups formerly employed by Penn State. The 2012 football season at PSU marks the first season under a new regime and even more monumentally, the start of a brand new chapter in Penn State history...
Via Buzz On Broad
September 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Hopes are higher as Lions head into conference play

  Don’t look now but the prospects for the 2012 Penn State football season look a lot brighter. That’s what back-to-back wins will do. Yes, the wins were over Navy and Temple but tell that to the players, coaches and fans that marched out of Beaver Stadium Saturday. After losing the lead to Ohio in the opener and falling to Virginia in the worst possible way, any win would...
Via Nittany Lions Den
September 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Scholarship cuts raise new concern

When a player is knocked out by injury at a major college football program, a scholarship player lower on the depth chart typically fills the void. That may prove to be more challenging next year for sanction-burdened Penn State. Significant scholarship cuts mandated by the NCAA kick in for Penn State's next recruiting class, a penalty that university trustee Alvin Clemens...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Health, depleted roster, worries Penn St trustee

When a player is knocked out by injury at a major college football program, a scholarship player lower on the depth chart typically fills the void. That may prove to be more challenging next year for sanction-burdened Penn State. Significant scholarship cuts mandated by the NCAA kick in for Penn State's next recruiting class, a penalty that university trustee Alvin Clemens...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The First Win of the Bill O'Brien Era: A Rout of Navy

Buzz On Broad is proud to bring to you a brand new segment called "Inside PSU." We are all aware of the recent events surrounding the proud university involving some deranged higher-ups formerly employed by Penn State. The 2012 football season at PSU marks the first season under a new regime and even more monumentally, the start of a brand new chapter in Penn State history...
Via Buzz On Broad
September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions host Navy

Two weeks later, Bill O’Brien is still searching for his first win at Penn State. He hopes the third time, Saturday in Beaver Stadium against Navy (0-1), will be the charm for his Nittany Lions (0-2). O’Brien watched his team, and specifically his defense, turn in an outstanding road performance last week at Virginia only to watch kicker Sam Ficken miss a game-winning field goal...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
September 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions host Navy

Two weeks later, Bill O’Brien is still searching for his first win at Penn State. He hopes the third time, Saturday in Beaver Stadium against Navy (0-1), will be the charm for his Nittany Lions (0-2). O’Brien watched his team, and specifically his defense, turn in an outstanding road performance last week at Virginia only to watch kicker Sam Ficken miss a game-winning field goal...
Via isportsweb.com
September 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Winless Navy, PSU look to get offenses going

Two winless teams will try to get their contrasting offenses on track when Navy visits Penn State on Saturday. The Midshipmen (0-1) and their vaunted running game were held in check two weeks ago by Notre Dame in the season-opening loss in Ireland. After a bye, Navy's had two weeks to perfect its triple option for Penn State's strong front seven. The Nittany Lions (0-2...
Via AP on Fox
September 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn St. coach backs embattled kicker

Kicking woes underscore a larger problem for Penn State. Coach Bill O'Brien's offense will need to improve in the red zone if the Nittany Lions plan on making any splash in the Big Ten. It's getting tough enough after an 0-2 start in nonconference play. After forcing four turnovers inside Virginia territory in a 17-16 loss last week to the Cavaliers, resilient Penn...
Via AP on Fox
September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Loses Disastrous Game against Virginia

Buzz On Broad is proud to bring to you a brand new segment called "Inside PSU." We are all aware of the recent events surrounding the proud university involving some deranged higher-ups formerly employed by Penn State. The 2012 football season at PSU marks the first season under a new regime and even more monumentally, the start of a brand new chapter in Penn State history...
Via Buzz On Broad
September 10, 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

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...
Via isportsweb.com
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Game preview: Virginia vs Penn State

This year, UVA and Penn State renew the home-and-home series they played ten years ago.  The first game was fun; played on a sunny and warm December afternoon (postponed since it was originally scheduled for September 15, 2001) and bring back good memories.  Specifically, waving bye-bye to the formerly loud section of PSU fans, their bowl hopes dashed, as they trudged up...
Via SCACC Hoops
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State at Virginia Week 2 College Football Game Preview

The Nittany Lions suffered quite the albatross of an offseason and as expected they lost their season opener to the projected 2012 MAC champion Ohio Bobcats. Tyler Tettleton gave them fits due to his Houdini act that he was able to pull off against a trio of Penn State defenders that are legit ball players (Jordan Hall, Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges). It doesn’t matter how well...
Via Gridiron Grit
September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Saturday be “D-Day” in PSU Backfield?

Fifth-year senior tailback Derek Day could make his first career start when the Nittany Lions visit Virginia. Unlike a certain backfield mate, he doesn't mind being called a former walk-on (or run-on).
Via pennstate.scout.com
September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Virginia Football Preview: Penn State

We did a pretty long Q&A this morning, so we will just hit the highlights with our preview of Penn State. History Virginia is 2-5 versus Penn State in a series that dates back to 1893. Yes, the matchups are few and far between, but the modern games have been interesting. Penn State got a hold of Virginia in 1988 42-14, but the Nittany Lions were the first step for the Hoos...
Via Lambeth Field
September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Upset by Ohio in Disappointing Start to Bill O'Brien Era

Buzz On Broad is proud to bring to you a brand new segment called "Inside PSU." We are all aware of the recent events surrounding the proud university involving some deranged higher-ups formerly employed by Penn State. The 2012 football season at PSU marks the first season under a new regime and even more monumentally, the start of a brand new chapter in Penn State history...
Via Buzz On Broad
September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State fans show their support

As fans gather around Beaver Stadium in anticipation of Saturday's long-awaited season opener, the overall mood around Penn State football is that of pride, perseverance and support - for both the current and former coach. Hours before the official beginning of the Bill O'Brien era, tailgaters are tossing footballs through the parking lots, setting up their cooking stations...
Via AP on Fox
September 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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