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Video: Austin Johnson’s fumble return vs SD State goes for six

One of the biggest turning points of Penn State’s victory over San Diego State was this fumble recovery by Austin Johnson, which led directly to a touchdown as the big man raced down the sideline. San Diego Stae was down six points at the time and seemed to have the momentum as the Aztecs were moving down the field. After Johnson’s touchdown return though, San Diego State was kept...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State’s defense forcing turnovers, but offense can still do more with them

Penn State defense is doing its job, but the offense can pick up the slack It has become common knowledge that turnovers can swing the momentum of a game from one sideline to the other, but it remains a full team effort to fully capitalize on any extra opportunities given up by the opponent. It’s one thing to stop a drive with a turnover, but driving down the field to tack on more...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Bowl projectors have Penn State heading to Music City Bowl

There are worse places in the country to go than Nashville… like Detroit Penn State is 3-1 after picking up a third consecutive victory over the weekend against San Diego State. The win came at a cost with injuries mounting up. Among the players injured in the game were running backs Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley. Lynch’s injury looked to be the more serious of the two, as he required...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Zettel named Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week

.@Zettel98 of @PennStateFball had a big week and is up for the Lott IMPACT POTW! http://t.co/aNj5Jp5bzQ pic.twitter.com/sf109jteoE — Lott IMPACT Trophy (@LottIMPACTrophy) September 27, 2015
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September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State 37, San Diego State 21: Hackenberg’s 3 TDs help make up for banged up running game

Christian Hackenberg throws for nearly 300 yards as Nittany Lions prevail past San Diego State Quick Hits Penn State wins third straight game to go 3-1 Christian Hackenberg passes for 296 yards and 3 TDs Anthony Zettell plays day after losing father Austin Johnson‘s long fumble return for TD comes at pivotal time Running backs Saquon Barkley and Akeel Lynch leave game with injuries...
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September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Least Expensive Penn State Football Tickets Available For Game Against San Diego State

Penn State didn’t stress too much over their 28-3 win over Rutgers last Saturday, while the Rutgers football program is in a downward spiral following recent events that have occurred over the past few weeks. For the Nittany Lions, the victory extended their winning streak to two games after defeating Buffalo two weeks ago. Running back Saquon Barkley — a former Rutgers recruit,...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

No 2-Minute Warning Podcast: Is the SEC Overrated?

Today must be podcast day. Not only is a new edition of the Nittany Lions Den Podcast out today, but so too is a brand new episode of the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast! If interested, the discussion focuses on the early takes on the SEC coming off a weekend that saw our old buddy Bret Bielema lose to Toledo. Hey, Penn State knows how that feels.
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions Den Podcast: Latest B1G Power Rankings and A Mess at Rutgers

What will be left of Rutgers when they arrive in Happy Valley? Penn State will play host to the Big Ten opener this season when Rutgers comes to town for a Saturday night contest. Rutgers will be coming in without its head coach (Kyle Flood suspended for three games), its top wide receiver (Leonte Carroo suspended from program) and as shallow a defensive secondary as you may find...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Temple 27, Penn State 10: Owls dominant in first win over PSU since 1941

Christian Hackenberg sacked 10 times in Penn State’s 17-point loss to Temple It was bound to happen some time, but that likely does not make it any easier to accept. Penn State had now lost to Temple since 1941 heading into the 2015 season opener in Philadelphia on Saturday, and now they have. It happened in spectacular fashion too. There was no doubt about it. Temple scored 27 unanswered...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan and Minnesota look to get Big Ten off to good start tonight

Big Ten football gets kickstarted tonight with a pair of attractive match-ups. Can the Big Ten get off to a good start to carry over the momentum gained from the conference’s postseason showing, or will it be limping out of the gate in hopes the rest of the conference can pick up the slack the rest of the weekend? Michigan will begin the Jim Harbaugh era tonight on the road at Utah...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions Den Podcast: Episode 1.04 – The NFL Draft speculation begins

Because there’s no better time to begin wondering if Christian Hackenberg will turn pro Get ready for a season full of NFL Draft speculation revolving around Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Despite being a junior, a number of media outlets and NFL Draft analysts have suggested Hackenberg is worthy of a top NFL DRaft pick, perhaps even the number one pick overall should...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State vs. Temple: 10 possibly interesting facts

Penn State opens up the 2015 season on the road this weekend against the Temple Owls. Here are some facts about the series and Temple you may find interesting. 1. The last time Temple beat Penn State, the Owls took a 3-1 series lead Before the series slanted totally in favor of the Nittany Lions, Temple took control of the series in the earlier years of the in-state rivalry. Temple...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions Den Podcast: Episode 1.03 – All about preseason rankings

Because all of this matters The start of the college football season is nearly here, and it is time to take a quick look at the preseason rankings. The Associate dPress released its preseason top 25 poll on Sunday, and Talking 10 has put together a preseason Big Ten ranking. Those are the topics of conversation today as Andy Coppens joins the show briefly to recap some thoughts...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Talking 10 Power Poll: PSU debuts at No. 5

With college football getting started up in just a number of days, Talking 10 has assembled a preseason power ranking with the help of a panel of voters from around the Big Ten blogosphere. For a second straight season, I have been invited to cast a ballot each week. There will be a new ranking each week of the season, and things will be slightly different this season. Last year...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-Penn State QB Tyler Ferguson now an Ex-Louisville QB too

Tyler Ferguson is reportedly transferring out of Louisville When Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien added Tyler Ferguson to the roster in 2013, it was seen as a decent alternative to landed Jake Waters out of the junior college ranks. Waters ended up going to Kansas State instead of Penn State, but O’Brien adding Ferguson was not a bad move at the time as he needed depth. Ferguson...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State Class of 2016: Four-star DT Karamo Dioubate joins the wild dogs

Penn State opens the 2015 season in the city of Philadelphia against Temple, but on Sunday Penn State already won a prize in the City of Brotherly Love. Defensive tackle Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia Prep Charter committed to the Nittany Lions on Sunday, adding a four-star player to the defensive line. Dioubate is rated as a four-star talent according to the 247 Sports composite...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Yes, Penn State’s schedule is incredibly favorable at the start

25 days and counting… By now Penn State fans are fully aware how favorable the first half of Penn State’s football schedule looks. Penn State will not leave the state of Pennsylvania until mid-October when it heads to Columbus, Ohio to take on the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. The lone road contest in the first six games of the year will be played in Philadelphia...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – PSU dismisses freshman and Michigan Stadium was in a pool

26 days and counting… Over the weekend Penn State announced with a brief, one-sentence statement through email the program has dismissed freshman linebacker Daiquan Kelly. The reason for the dismissal was simply explained as a violation of team rules, which tends to serve up more questions that it answers. Alas, the news was surprising and suggests there was something rather significant...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State dismisses Class of 2015 LB Daiquan Kelly

One of the key additions to Penn State’s Class of 2015 has been dismissed from the program. On Saturday morning the Penn State athletics department sent out a brief statement announcing freshman linebacker Daiquan Kelly has been dismissed from the program due to a violation of team rules. The reason for the dismissal is unknown at this time, although the severe discipline would suggest...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: James Franklin goes through the carwash

31 days and counting… Penn State coach James Franklin spent a good chunk of his Tuesday making the rounds on ESPN’s campus in Bristol. From the bits and pieces I got a chance to see, and I admit it wasn’t much due to some conflicting plans, it seemed like most of the usual stuff you get from Franklin about the current state of the program moving forward and into this season. There...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: Penn State basketball has its day in the sun

32 days and counting… I like to be honest with anyone who reads this site. If you are looking for thoughts on Penn State basketball, this is not the place to go. I’ll stick to Penn State football on this corner of the Internet. That said, I did find it rather interesting to see Penn State’s basketball program pick up a four-star recruit yesterday. I will just direct you over to...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe: One month closer to Penn State vs. Temple

33 days and counting… We flipped the page on our wall calendars this weekend, that is if any of you still use a wall calendar. We have now moved from July to August to bring us one month closer to the start of Penn State’s football season. Your Nittany Lions will open the new season in Lincoln Financial Field against the Temple Owls, so you might want to pay mild attention to the...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lion Sports Radio app is on Apple’s iTunes Store

Download the Nittany Lion Sports Radio in iTunes If you have an Apple device then you can now download the brand new Nittany Lion Sports Radio app from VSporto. Downloading the app allows you to listen to the Nittany Lions Den Podcast and all of the other great shows on the network focusing squarely on the Nittany Lions any time. On demand Penn State audio commentary at your fingertips...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 Power-5 Opponents for future Penn State schedules

The Big Ten has a new scheduling commitment among athletic directors that will call for no more games against FCS opponents as well as the addition of one opponent from a power conference every season, starting in 2016. Penn State currently meets that commitment with power conference opponents from 2016-2019 with Pittsburgh, 2020 and 2025 with Virginia Tech and 2023 and 2024 with...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

How will Penn State fulfill new Big Ten scheduling commitment?

Big Ten’s new scheduling commitment is good for fans, even better for TV. How will Penn State fulfill its new scheduling obligations? Anyone who has followed Penn State football for as long as I have been paying attention has likely discussed Penn State’s relatively weak approach to non-conference scheduling at one point or another. In 2006 Penn State added Youngstown State to the...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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