Penn State

O’Brien pleased with NCAA decision to restore scholarships

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Bill O'Brien will soon have a few more scholarships to offer when he hits the recruiting trail.He also has more reasons to stick around State College and finish his contract at Penn State.On Tuesday, the Nittany Lions got some rare good news from the NCAA, which will ...

Lions’ ‘traditional’ play delivers shutout victory

UNIVERSITY PARK - How many hundreds of times have you heard this before: Penn State won with defense and the running game, while the passing game did very little.That's essentially the history of the Nittany Lion football program.It's not, however, what we've come to expect since coach Bill ...

Penn State refocused for Kent State

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Bill O'Brien started 0-2 at Penn State before he turned the Nittany Lions into one of the surprises of 2012.Penn State won five straight games after the winless start and never lost consecutive games again. The Nittany Lions hadn't even lost since Nov. 10, 2012 at ...

Hackenberg busy balancing school, success

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - His college career has spanned all of three weeks, yet Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg seems to be succeeding at contrasting goals.His grasp of the Nittany Lions' offense already has resulted in some gaudy passing statistics and a quick ascension to his role ...

O’Brien pitches improvement for PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Bill O'Brien makes reading stories about Penn State as much a part of his routine as studying game film.Unlike many coaches in all sports who swear they never read websites or newspapers - often while complaining about something that was written - O'Brien called it his ...

Nittany Lions’ first loss was no upset

UNIVERSITY PARK - Despite all the warnings, despite the coach speak about it being a tough game - which turned out not to be coach speak at all - and despite the opponent being a directional school that most people can't even name which conference it plays in (the American Athletic, formerly ...

Penn State defense gets reality check from UCF

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Through two games, Penn State had shown all the tendencies of a typical Nittany Lions defense.Penn State had held the opposition to an average of 12 points, 66 yards rushing and 155.5 yards passing. Central Florida's offense had been equally impressive, averaging 38, 161 ...

Unbeaten Penn State focusing on third-down conversion rate

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Penn State is off to a 2-0 start. The offense has looked crisp, the defense stingy and there are still some cushy home games left before Big Ten season arrives.Indeed, it's a good time for the Nittany Lions.But there's work ahead. Coach Bill O'Brien sees quite a few areas ...

Penn State brings balance to its running game

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Zach Zwinak scored the short-yardage touchdowns. Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch kept Penn State perfect with some distance running scores.The Nittany Lions' offense is a whole lot more than quarterback Christian Hackenberg.An afterthought in the opener, Penn State used a ...

Picking up the pace

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's easy to forget that many college football players are kids, and when you put an 18-year-old kid in front of 90,000 fans for the first time, chances are he's going to be nervous and make some big mistakes.That's what happened to Christian Hackenberg on Penn State's first ...