Penn State

Clock management is a big problem for Franklin

For the third straight game Saturday, Penn State’s offensive play calling late in the contest left many people wondering what the Nittany Lions were doing. It’s a big problem, and quite frankly, it’s getting to the point where you truly have to wonder if James Franklin and his staff are ...

Penn State finds a way to win in close shave against Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Penn State survived and won a crucial game. Shockingly enough, given that Indiana was the opponent. It’s debatable if the better team won. Penn State did indeed find a way to prevail, and ultimately, that’s really the only thing that matters to the struggling ...

Lions need veteran receivers to step up

Some nitpicking as the Nittany Lions attempt to avoid a three-game losing streak: Much of this week’s discussion centered around Penn State’s veteran receivers, and while there’s no doubt the combination of Juwan Johnson, Brandon Polk and DeAndre Thompkins have been a collective ...

Penn State seeks to rebound from recent troubles

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin is all too familiar with this week’s daunting scenario. He watched the Nittany Lions’ conference title hopes and playoff possibilities slip away with back-to-back road losses last October. Two early losses during a three-week ...

Rahne opens up, puts human perspective on coaching

A few weeks back, after a loss to Penn State, Pitt tight ends coach Tim Salem made news for saying he pretty much never leaves the office after losses and will sleep there for days on end. Which is nuts, to be honest. “When you lose a game, a little bit of you has died,” Salem said. ...

Hoosier heading home

UNIVERSITY PARK — After a pair of disappointing home losses, Penn State now goes on the road to some unfamiliar territory. All except for Mac Hippenhammer, who returns to his home state of Indiana. He is expecting roughly 30 of his family members to make the three-hour trip from his ...

Stevens blames self for how his role has played out

UNIVERSITY PARK — Tommy Stevens has been a non-factor for the Penn State offense this season, but the versatile backup quarterback blames no one but himself for that. The redshirt junior also doesn’t second guess his decision to stay at Penn State rather than transfer for an opportunity ...

Have Lions peaked for Franklin?

It’s time to face some hard truths about the Penn State football program after a second straight gut-wrenching loss in which the team gave away the game in the final minutes. I can’t help but wonder if what we’ve already seen is really as good as it’s going to get for the Nittany ...

Spartans’ late TD upsets Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s staggering inability to close out tight games continues to be the single biggest problem for a football program that has made so much progress but will not make anymore until it can finally solve that frustrating and heartbreaking issue. It happened yet ...

Pry searches for answers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Brent Pry has coached alongside James Franklin for the past eight seasons, three at Vanderbilt and five at Penn State. He’s known him even longer, having served on the East Stroudsburg staff, along with his father Jim, when Franklin was a quarterback in the Poconos in ...