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Penn State showcasing its defense

EVANSTON, Ill. — Penn State’s offense took the Big Ten and the nation by storm a year ago and returned almost all of their key parts going into 2017. Through the offseason, the questions almost all were on the defensive side of the ball. Wouldn’t you know it: As the season hit its ...

Nittany Lions dominate Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. — Penn State badly wanted to earn its third shutout in six games, but even though Northwestern scored against the backups in the final minutes, it didn’t change the fact that Saturday’s contest was dominated by the “D.” “Our defense is incredible,” Penn State ...

Franklin constantly improving

If there’s one word that underscores James Franklin’s work to this point in his Penn State football tenure, it’s improvement. And that’s not by accident. At Vanderbilt and now Penn State, Franklin has built an impressive track record of taking over and patiently tinkering with a ...

Barkley having all purpose half

UNIVERSITY PARK — The NCAA football season is about to hit its midseason mark, and that means plenty of discussions are heating up. From Heisman Trophy candidates, to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee coming out of its hibernation at the end of the month, to even sports outlets ...

No lack of greatness for Nittany Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK — Special teams and college football’s most special player paved the way to a blowout win Saturday for Penn State. The No. 4 Nittany Lions didn’t play their best for all four quarters, but it didn’t matter. They were so good in the first quarter alone that the rest of ...

Penn State looks to build off historic season

UNIVERSITY PARK — While still a young program, the Penn State men’s hockey team had its most successful season in 2016-17. The team accomplished its longest winning streak (11), best record (25-12-2), first-ever United States College Hockey Organization (USCHO) No. 1 ranking, first Big Ten ...

Prolific Moorhead lauded for red zone efficiency

UNIVERSITY PARK — Nine days ago, Sports Illustrated did a big profile piece that labeled Penn State’s Joe Moorhead “the guy behind the most dynamic offense in the nation,” and in recent months, several publications named him one of the best assistant coaches in the country. On ...

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley runs with the ball.

Barkley atop Heisman watch

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s time to start gearing up for the very real possibility that Saquon Barkley is going to win the Heisman Trophy. After his Penn State-record 358-yard performance Saturday at Iowa, Barkley is atop just about every Heisman watch list. The only other high-profile player ...

Is PSU’s glass half full or half empty?

How on earth did Penn State only win 21-19 Saturday at Iowa after dominating statistically? And did we see some things to be concerned about for the long haul in the game? Let’s play the glass is half full/half empty game. Half full: A win is a win is a win, especially on the road in ...

Lions escape Iowa, hearts thumping

IOWA CITY, Iowa — If you thought Penn State used up all of its magic last season, think again. Down by four with four seconds left at the Iowa 7-yard line, Trace McSorley and the Penn State offense came out of a timeout ready to run a play. McSorley looked over the Hawkeyes’ defense, saw ...