Penn State News
A poll question on the website asked readers to vote on whether they believed Penn State should bench starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg. It doesn’t seem like such a long time ago that the question, as it read, would be ludicrous. (read more)
When Penn Statehas the ball Offensive line vs. defensive line Penn State has played, for lack of a more apt term, better up front the last three weeks, bolstered undoubtedly by the healthy returns of LG Miles Dieffenbach and LT Donovan Smith. (read more)
Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP, License: N/A, Created: 2014:09:27 15:26:27 Some players, you talk to when you need information. Some players, you talk to when you need a good one-liner, or a little wisdom, or even just a bit of perspective. That’s just the way it has always been in this business. (read more)
Photo: Bradley Leeb/AP, License: N/A The last words James Franklin said before walking away from his weekly press conference Tuesday came with a tinge of frustration. They weren’t the ones fans or the press were going to want to hear, he acknowledged. (read more)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The questions flew toward James Franklin the way they haven’t before. These weren’t questions about the future. These were questions about moments, curious moments that led to a head-scratching 16-14 Penn State loss to struggling Illinoi (read more)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The always positive James Franklin had a chance Saturday to do something he rarely does: let off a bit of steam. (read more)
GAME BALLS OffenseWR Mike Dudek, IllinoisIt seemed like the true freshman had every big catch. In all, he hauled in 11 passes for 115 yards, including a 25-yarder to get the game-winning drive started. (read more)
Photo: BRADLEY LEEB/AP, License: N/A CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The play that sums up a season’s worth of Penn State struggles came in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t the 25-yard catch on the first play of what would become Illinois’ game-winning drive. (read more)
Photo: Andrew Nelles/AP, License: N/A, Created: 2014:10:04 10:38:02 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tim Beckman still looks ahead. Illinois’ beleaguered head coach told reporters this week his Fighting Illini still have a chance to win seven games. (read more)
When Penn Statehas the ball Offensive line vs. defensive line All of a sudden, Penn State’s offensive line doesn’t look half bad. (read more)
Penn State was doing something it hadn’t done in more than a year. It was dominating. Run after run. Block after block. Yard after yard. A Temple defense that had been stingy all season getting pushed back time after time. (read more)
Forget about the euphoria that came last week, in the moments after Penn State trounced Temple and became bowl eligible for the first time since the 2011 season. (read more)
STATE COLLEGE — When it became evident before Saturday’s game against Temple that starting cornerback Trevor Williams would miss the game for undisclosed, nondisciplinary reasons, it would have been easy to think a chink might be found in the Penn State defensive armor. (read more)
As the season has progressed, Penn State coach James Franklin has insisted the offensive line has been improving steadily, if not in spurts. While the results hadn’t always put that improvement on display, they certainly have the last two weeks. The Nitta (read more)
GAME BALLS Offense LT Donovan Smith, Penn State The big tackle returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury and dominated the Temple defense, paving the way for 254 rushing yards and throwing a pancake block to spring Akeel Lynch for a 38-y (read more)