Game Coverage

Penn State routs No. 19 Michigan on electric night

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State put a beatdown on Michigan the likes of which few people could have expected, but then again, the unexpected should now be the norm for Beaver Stadium whiteout games. The No. 4 Nittany Lions destroyed No. 19 Michigan’s vaunted defense in a 42-13 blowout ...

PSU highs-lows

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 42-13 victory over Michigan on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: On first down from the Michigan 13, Trace McSorley started up the gut, then danced ...

Michigan-Penn State notebook

Barkley back in Heisman lead UNIVERSITY PARK — Saquon Barkley had yet another highlight-reel play with a 69-yard TD on the second play from scrimmage, and he scored three touchdowns in Penn State’s primetime whipping of Michigan on Saturday. The game almost certainly put Barkley back on ...

Lions savor victory over Michigan

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin met with the media and uttered a phrase similar to one he’s said after every game as Penn State football coach, albeit a little later in the evening because of the late kickoff. He asked for the time. It was 11:23 ...

Harbaugh: ‘We’re going to regroup’

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Michigan quarterback John O’Korn had far from a quiet week building up to the whiteout game against Penn State. The Huntingdon native, whose mother works at The Naked Egg breakfast restaurant in State College, had to deal with the ...

Taylor shines for Badgers

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Jonathan Taylor ran for a touchdown and broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season, Alex Hornibrook passed for two scores and No. 5 Wisconsin stayed unbeaten with a 38-13 win over Maryland on Saturday. Taylor finished with 126 yards on 22 carries, a ...

An effective McSorley could decide outcome

Five things to look for as Penn State hosts Michigan in what should be a tremendous whiteout atmosphere at Beaver Stadium. No. 1: Trace’s test Saquon Barkley gets most of the hype, but winning this type of game against a great defense could come down to whether quarterback Trace McSorley ...

Matchup triggers high-stakes game, stretch

It doesn’t get much better than this. Penn State, 6-0 and having climbed to No. 2 for the first time in almost 20 years, taking on Michigan on the grandest of whiteout stages at Beaver Stadium before a national TV audience, boldly underscores how far the Nittany Lion program has come back ...

Offense needs to pass first big test against Michigan ‘D’

Michigan’s offense is not all that good, which makes this question easy to answer. Penn State has a terrific defense that leads the country in fewest points allowed (just 9.0 per game) and should play well Saturday night. But even if it doesn’t, the Wolverines don’t have the kind of ...

Defenses will be in spotlight

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Two terrific defenses will do battle Saturday night at Beaver Stadium, but only one of them will have to deal with trying to stop an explosive offense. Michigan has by far the best defense Penn State has played yet, but the Nittany Lions also have by ...

Coach ends A&M speculation

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan (5-1, 2-1) Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Wolverines: They’re No. 15 in coaches poll and No. 19 in AP poll. … Coach Jim Harbaugh is 2-0 against PSU. … QB John O’Korn ...

Harbaugh excited for opportunity

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — When Michigan enters a packed Beaver Stadium Saturday night under white-out conditions, it will be greeted by a Penn State team with revenge probably on its mind. Losers of three straight meetings against the Wolverines — that ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B Tough to be overly critical of McSorley after 25-34-245 effort with TD and no picks. Held ...

Lions’ defense rules the day again

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,” PSU running ...

PSU showcasing new breed of ‘D’

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 ...

PSU-Northwestern highs-lows

EVANSTON, Ill. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field: Play of the game: Penn State defensive end Shaka Toney, a redshirt freshman, drilled Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson in the first quarter, ...

PSU-Northwestern notebook

Patient Barkley gets Heisman help EVANSTON, Ill. — Saquon Barkley has been the Heisman Trophy frontrunner for several weeks, and there’s not a lot of strong competition so far this season. His leading challenger’s hopes took a big hit Saturday when Baker Mayfield and No. 3 Oklahoma were ...

PSU will need to establish run

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State plays what figures to be a tough road game against a Northwestern team that could pose some problems on both sides of the ball. No. 1: Ready to run The Nittany Lions have to start showing a consistent running ...

Improvement has been Franklin’s trademark

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 ...

Pry not surprised by success of defense

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State has one of the best defenses in the nation through five weeks, and that doesn’t come as a surprise to coordinator Brent Pry. “We’ve got a veteran group and expect certain things,” Pry said Thursday. “To this point, it’s been ...