Penn State

McSorley’s five TDs lead Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin has a man crush on Trace McSorley and isn’t afraid to admit it. “If you’re a young quarterback out there, watch Trace McSorley,” Penn State’s coach said Saturday. “The guy has been winning since he was in diapers.” Franklin went on and on ...

It’s time for Penn State to add American flags to its helmets, permanently

Being that this is 9/11 week, let’s go off the field. James Franklin opened his press conference Tuesday — 9/11 — with the nice gesture of acknowledging the ultimate sacrifice that thousands paid 17 years ago, including one of his former teammates at East Stroudsburg, a man named Martin ...

Penn State prepared to face fast-paced Kent State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State practiced at a rapid clip this week to prepare for what could be the fastest offense the Lions defend against all season. There’s plenty of evidence on tape about how Kent State will attack the No. 11 Nittany Lions (2-0) when they visit Beaver Stadium ...

Menet, o-line progresses, but there’s work to be done

UNIVERSITY PARK — Michal Menet seemingly had everything working against him coming into the season. He was asked to switch positions with Connor McGovern from right guard to center, and when put in game situations he saw a lot of atypical defensive packages from both Appalachian State and ...

Franklin changed outlook, career with simple advice

UNIVERSITY PARK —James Franklin often talks about building strong personal relationships and connecting with his players that it can come as a surprise to know he wasn’t always like that as a coach. Penn State hosts Kent State this week, and Golden Flashes coach Sean Lewis, 32, is the ...

Pitt’s failures masked PSU’s troubled spots

Through two weeks, I still have no idea if Penn State is a really good football team. And the next two weeks won’t tell us much, either. We’re all just going to have to wait until Ohio State visits on Sept. 29 to find out. The Nittany Lions barely won their opener in overtime against ...

Pitt-iful

PITTSBURGH — A lot of people waited a long time for the return of the Penn State-Pitt rivalry. But after the humiliating debacle that unfolded Saturday night, the ending of this series renewal might not come quickly enough for many fans. The Nittany Lions played OK. Just OK. They made a lot ...

Panthers collapse on the biggest stage

PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi entered the final scheduled home game between these two old eastern foes making no bones about the fact that the Penn State rivalry has extra meaning to his program. Maybe, in fact, it means too much. Pitt rolled out the most decorated of its incredibly ...

PSU defense needs to reverse trend

Through the last couple of seasons, during its rise from the post-sanctions era and establishment of James Franklin’s tenure to Big Ten champion and annual league contender, it’s become apparent that Penn State’s success is largely tied to having to score 40 points in order to ...

Rivalry or no, stakes high for No. 13 Penn State

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It took Pat Narduzzi three years to finally embrace the obvious. No more hiding behind coachspeak. No more cliches about treating all 12 of Pittsburgh’s opponents the same. It just doesn’t work that way when it comes to the Panthers and No. 13 Penn State. “Anybody ...