Penn State News
10-20-14: Penn State had a bye this week to prepare for Ohio State this weekend. There are many questions in Happy Valley. Their offensive line is in serious trouble, especially against Ohio State and Michigan State. It’s only a matter of time before quarterback Christian Hackenberg gets hurt. The Nittany Lions have yet to have a 100 yard rusher this season. All in all, it will be a tough task for James Franklin’s team to beat OSU this week.
10-15-14: Penn State’s offensive struggles continued this past Saturday, as the Nittany Lions fell 18-13 to arguably one of the worst Michigan squads in years. QB Christian Hackenberg was 21 of 32 for only 160 yards. The Penn State defense played well, but it’s the PSU offensive line that needs major work. The Nittany Lions have a bye this week before they take on Ohio State at home in two weeks.
10-6-14: The Nittany Lions had a bye this week as they prepare for Michigan. Last time out, Penn State was humiliated by Northwestern 28-6. Michigan lost to Rutgers this week, but traveling to Ann Arbor to play in the Big House is never an easy task. The Penn State offensive line needs to play much better in order to protect quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
10-1-14: It was a flat-out embarrassing effort for the Nittany Lions this past Saturday, losing to Northwestern 29-6 on homecoming weekend in Happy Valley. Northwestern's defense limited Penn State to just 50 rushing yards and just 266 overall. They pressured Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg all game. All in all, it was not a good effort for James Franklin’s team. They have bye this week.
9-22-14: A week after their gutsy victory over Big Ten opponent Rutgers, the Nittany Lions returned home with an easy 48-7 victory over UMass. Christian Hackenberg threw for 179 yards, but it was the running attack which was dominant. Akeel Lynch and Bill Belton had over 75 yards on the ground and Geno Lewis hauled in 82 yards receiving. Penn State had 23 first downs to UMass' 13. The Nittany Lions converted on 10 of 17 third downs and held the ball for 37 minutes. They host Northwestern this week.
9-15-14: It sure wasn’t pretty, but Christian Hackenberg and Penn State continue to find ways to win. Their 13-10 win over Rutgers Saturday places Penn State atop the Big Ten East division standings. Bill Belton scored on a 5-yard run with 1:13 to play as Penn State rallied from a 10-point deficit. Hackenberg was 25 of 44 for 309 yards, but it was the defense that should be lauded for their effort Saturday. Penn State picked off QB Gary Nova five times and limited the Rutgers offense in the second half. Penn State will return home to State College this weekend to face UMass.
9-9-14: It wasn’t pretty for James Franklin’s Nittany Lions squad, but they found a way to beat Akron 21-3 in their home opener this past weekend. Despite the victory, the offense struggled mightily, especially quarterback Christian Hackenberg. He threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, but made some poor decisions and tossed two red zone interceptions. On the other side of the ball, the Penn State defense looked strong. The Nittany Lions will travel to New Jersey this weekend to take on Rutgers in their first Big Ten conference game of the year.
9-4-14: The Nittany Lions needed every second of its trip to the Emerald Isle to beat UCF last weekend. They needed a last second 36-yard field goal from Sam Ficken to beat the Knights in James Frankin’s debut as head coach. Ficken made four other field goals in the game as well. The Penn State offense was humming last week. The Nittany Lions got a school-record 454 passing yards and a touchdown on 32-of-47 passing from Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg, who also threw two interceptions, became the first Penn State quarterback ever to top the 400-yard mark. The Lions play host to Akron this weekend in their home opener.