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Penn State 48, UMass 7: Finally, a breather

Penn State proved capable of handling moments of adversity in week one in Ireland. In week two the Nittany Lions shrugged aside a rough first half against Akron. They answered the late call again last week on the road at Rutgers. In week four, back in Beaver Stadium, there was never a doubt as Penn State flirted with a shutout against a struggling Massachusetts program. The running...
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Penn State 13, Rutgers 10: R U not entertained?

When it came time for me to wrap my head around Penn State’s week two victory over Akron, here is how I started: It may have just been week two, but the theme for this season of Penn State football appears to be clear. The defense is going to put a shaky Penn State offense in position to win games until the offense can figure some things out. Rinse and repeat for Week Three. And...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State 21, Akron 3: Insert zippy headline here

It may have just been week two, but the theme for this season of Penn State football appears to be clear. The defense is going to put a shaky Penn State offense in position to win games until the offense can figure some things out. On what would eventually prove to be a dismal day of football around the Big Ten, Penn State managed to shrug aside a rough game and a potential upset...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Decisions, decisions… maybe?

I was out of the home office most of yesterday, so there was no Morning Cup of Joe. Trust me when I tell you I could have used it in the afternoon. Anyway, let’s get it brewed this morning. If you had to choose between Penn State having the bowl ban lifted this year, but the scholarship restrictions remaining in place as scheduled or having the scholarship restrictions lifted and...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Nittany Minute: Just how good is Hackenberg?

Following up on a record-breaking day in the season opener, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is already being thrown in the conversation as the best quarterback in school history. I am willing to throw him in the top five without any hesitation, but I still feel there is some work to do to move in to my top three, let alone the top spot overall. The potential is there...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State adds Army to 2015 schedule

.@PennStateFBALL to host @Army_Football to complete the 2015 schedule! http://t.co/8tdVtrFwdL pic.twitter.com/VCr6LvHl9n — Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) September 3, 2014
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Don’t compare Hackenberg to Collins just yet

Today on the site I started what will be a season-long series looking back at the 1994 Penn State football season the way I remember it. It was 20 years ago today the season got started with a blowout in the Metrodome. I was not able to watch it on TV, so I had to get updates from my dad, who sat in the living room on the couch and listened to the whole game on the radio. It was...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering 1994: No. 9 Penn State 56, Minnesota 3

It was on this day in 1994 when Penn State opened the football season on the road against Minnesota in Big Ten play. It was the start of something beautiful in State College. This is the first in a season-long retrospective of my experience following Penn State in 1994, how it was this team that got me hooked on college football for life, and trying to recall where I was for each...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: On to the next one

Welcome to the Morning Cup of Joe, a daily round-up of Penn State football news and nuggets from around the Internet. Coming off an exciting season opening win in Dublin, Penn State kicker Sam Ficken and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton were recognized by the Big Ten in the first batch of weekly awards. Ficken was named the Big Ten’s special teams player of the week after successfully...
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Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

#B1G Co-Freshman of Week are QB J.T. Barrett of @OhioStAthletics & WR DaeSean Hamilton of @PennStateFball. pic.twitter.com/GmBZUuoDxw — Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 1, 2014
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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. pic.twitter.com/qWXYrGIIxW — Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 1, 2014
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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...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Big Ten: Badgers let one slip away

The first weekend of college football is in the books for the Big Ten, and for the most part it was a good start for the conference. Here is the rundown of what took place around the Big Ten on college football’s opening weekend. No. 14 Wisconsin 24, No. 13 LSU 28 (Houston) For a while it looked as though Wisconsin was going to score a huge win for the Big Ten, but eventually LSU...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State, UCF, and a brief history of football in Ireland

Dublin will again host an American football game between Penn State and UCF this weekend at Croke Park. This game comes following the much needed financial success of 2012’s game at Aviva Stadium between Navy and Notre Dame. The city has been the sight of several failed attempts to bring the sport to Ireland in the 1980’s and 90’s before the 2012 game. Croke Park has long been...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Nittany Minute: Time to see what James Franklin can do

Today marks the official relaunch of The Nittany Minute, a video blog series focusing on Penn State football. Rather than put together a brand new video every day of the week, I have decided to give this a shot on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the football season. I will get on that schedule after the Labor Day weekend, so consider this a sneak peak of things to come. The...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Ten OT Power Rankings: Where does Penn State rank?

On the heels of Big Ten Network analyst Tom Dienhart releasing his Big Ten power ranking for the 2014 season, The Big Ten OT  has released the first batch of power rankings for this year’s conference. The Big Ten OT is an independent site covering the Big Ten, with Andy Coppens of Madtown Badgers launching it this summer. Having worked with Andy before, he asked for me to be a...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State vs. UCF: James Franklin looking to snap personal season-opening losing skid

Penn State football will usher in a brand new era with the debut of James Franklin as head coach taking place a hop, skip and a jump away over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday. The Nittany Lions open the 2014 season in Ireland against UCF, and fans are hopeful Franklin’s coaching debut for Penn State will got a little more smoothly than it did for his predecessor in State College...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

BTN Power Rankings unkind to Penn State

Penn State opens the 2014 season Saturday morning (unless you are fortunate enough to be in Ireland, that is), and it looks as though the Nittany Lions will have something to prove around the Big Ten this fall. This comes as little surprise given the legitimate concerns facing Penn State this season when it comes to depth. If you had to rank Penn State in the Big Ten, without bias...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State TE Adam Breneman sidelined

Per Penn State release… “Penn State football coach James Franklin announced today that tight end Adam Breneman (Mechanicsburg) will be out indefinitely with an injury. Coach Franklin asked that the public support and respect Adam and his family’s privacy.” That’s a major bummer, dude.
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Is this Michigan’s uniform for the Penn State game?

RT @RichDonahue New Michigan alternate jersey? pic.twitter.com/m032nttlPx — Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) August 8, 2014   Michigan will host Penn State for a night game at Michigan Stadium this season. The Wolverines tend to make a big deal out of this new night game fad they are experiencing, and an alternate uniform worn for the game has been done before. Could it be done again...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Going Viral: PSU kid’s Hackenberg TD dance

At one point in our lives we all probably imagined throwing or catching a game-winning touchdown for our favorite team. Some of you may have been older than you’d like to admit, but the youth of a fan base always seems to let the imagination run wild. Take this kid for instance, who imagined he was Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg tossing a big touchdown to tight end...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: James Franklin talks with Jim Gardner

Jim Gardner is a veteran news anchor in Philadelphia at ABC affiliate WPVI. Gardner is well-respected in this area and he has had the opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews with presidents and international dignitaries over his career. This week he added Penn State head coach James Franklin to that impressive list. Gardner asks Franklin about taking on the role of face of the...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Heismanburg?

The Heisman Trophy has seen a recent trend of underclassmen quarterbacks taking home college football’s most notable individual award. Could Penn State sophomore Christian Hackenberg follow up his impressive freshman debut in the Big Ten with a ride to New York? College Football Talk included Hackenberg in a list of potential Heisman Trophy candidates for the 2014 season. Here...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

So, about those Iowa Hawkeyes…

As we get closer to the start of the season you may be taking a closer look around the Big Ten to see how this conference is going to shape out. Ohio State is my team to beat in 2014, and Michigan State is right there in the hunt as defending champion. We know Penn State is ineligible, but I think a 10-win season is a high ceiling that is not exactly at Sistine Chapel height. I cannot...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Big Ten teams in preseason coaches poll

The first of the not useless preseason polls was released today, with the unveiling of the coaches poll. Penn State is not eligible to receive votes in the coaches poll until completing its NCAA sentence (currently set at end of the 2015 season, making Penn State eligible for coaches poll voting in 2016). With the new College Football Playoff, the coaches poll is now just another...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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