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With two national titles and four Big Ten Championships to its name, the Penn State Nittany Lions football program is coming off a year where it captured its first conference title under James Franklin. Known for tradition, Beaver Stadium, and Joe Paterno, the program is a point of pride in the community after the team persevered following harsh NCAA sanctions that eliminated wins and placed scholarship reductions on the program. The team will try to make even more strides with Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley leading the charge for the 2017 season.

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0 Gerald Hodges Wins Big Ten Award

Another Monday has resulted in another Penn State linebacker taking home the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award. This week, it is senior Gerald Hodges winning the conference honor following a fantastic game in Saturday’s victory over the previously undefeated Northwestern Wildcats.

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7 Game Day Observations: Northwestern

What more is there to say about this game? The last time Northwestern made their way into Beaver Stadium, the game day atmosphere was one of the best in recent memory for Joe Paterno’s 400th win. Northwestern returned on Saturday, and once again had the place rocking from start to finish.

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1 Penn State Gets One Vote In AP Poll

After winning its fourth consecutive game and beating an undefeated, ranked Northwestern team, the Penn State Nittany Lions football team received just one vote in this week’s AP poll. Cecil Hurt, an Alabama writer from the Tuscaloosa News, put Penn State at 25th overall on his weekly ranking.

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5 Nittany Lions Mount Comeback to Defeat Wildcats

With a little over ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Penn State had the ball on the Northwestern five yard line, trailing 28-17. The Nittany Lions faced 4th and goal, and O’Brien faced one of the toughest decisions of his young head-coaching career. Kicking has been anything but a guarantee so far this season, but the safer option would have been to attempt the chip shot 22 yard field goal. Instead, he elected to go for it all with the touchdown.

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0 Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Northwestern

Good morning from Beaver Stadium. It is homecoming in Happy Valley where the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) are set to host the No. 24 Northwestern Wildcats (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). The Wildcats are led by Pat Fitzgerald who is in his seventh year as head coach of the program but still searching for his first victory over the Nittany Lions. Bill O’Brien will be looking to build upon his current three game winning streak in his first season coaching the blue and white.

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1 50 Stats for Saturday: Northwestern

After a short hiatus, 50 stats for Saturday is back! Penn State is coming off an emotional beatdown of Illinois and plays a very solid Northwestern team this week. We found some interesting things this week and we hope you enjoy the plethora of the useless information.

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3 Tyrone Smith Gets His Chance

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyrone Smith has experienced a lot of hardship during in his life. The 6′ 4″ 251 pound Smith grew up living in Pittsburgh, and at the age of 13 he lost his mother to kidney failure. That same month his grandfather, who he had lived with his entire life, passed as well. Last year Smith lost his brother Andrew Smith, who was caught up in a brawl over owed money. Smith’s journey to Penn State was not an easy one, but now he’s making a most of it as a member of the football team.

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0 Golden Opportunity Awaits Against Wildcats

One of the criticisms of the previous coaching staff was that the Nittany Lions never seemed adequately prepared to compete with high quality opponents. Since a victory against Michigan State to clinch a trip to the Rose Bowl in 2008, the Nittany Lions are 1-10 against nationally ranked opponents and o-4 at home. Saturday can serve as an example of how things have changed under a new, energetic regime.

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0 Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Northwestern

Another week of staff predictions is upon us as writers share their thoughts on tomorrow’s homecoming game at Beaver Stadium between the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-2) and the twenty-fourth ranked Northwestern Wildcats (5-0). Enjoy this installment as the Nittany Lions have a bye next weekend.

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0 Get Excited, It’s Homecoming

Now I know when Northwestern is brought up, a majority of people think of Stepbrothers, but what Pat Fitzgerald has done with the Wildcats the past few years is remarkable. The Wildcats are 5-0 and nationally ranked, and given the fact they haven’t won a Big Ten Championship in over a decade, they are hungry to show people that they are among the top dogs in the conference.

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0 Change has Become Normal for Bill Belton

Over the past year, the entire Penn State Football team has experienced change and new beginnings, but from an individual standpoint, there might not be a player who has undergone more role changes than Bill Belton. He is ready for his season to resume even if it means a few less carries.

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0 Nittany Lions Learning How to Finish Games

Penn State will head into Saturday’s contest against Northwestern riding a three game winning streak, but there are some people who believe it should be a four or even five game winning streak. The difference between the first two contests and the most recent three has been improved second half play as the Nittany Lions learn how to finish games.

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3 Game Day Observations: Illinois

I can’t remember the last time I witnessed Penn State put a whooping on another Big Ten school on the road. That’s exactly what happened in Champaign, Illinois on Saturday, and it couldn’t have felt better to walk around town wearing Penn State gear after the 35-7 bloodbath.

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4 Michael Mauti Dominates Illinois in 35-7 Victory

There was little doubt in anyone’s mind that Michael Mauti was going to have a great game today.

Anyone who did not believe it would realize their mistake less than ninety seconds into the contest, as the senior linebacker forced Tommy Davis to fumble a punt. Three minutes later, the Nittany Lions took advantage of the turnover as Zack Zwinak scored on a one yard touchdown. The Penn State Nittany Lions were off to a 7-0 lead and never looked back defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini 35-7.

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0 Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Illinois

Good morning from Memorial Stadium in Champaign Illinois where Big Ten play is set to begin with the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-2) set to take on the Illini Fighting Illinii (2-2). Both head coaches are in their first season with the program as Bill O’Brien and Tim Beckman seek a good start to the conference schedule.

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0 Nittany Lions Head to Champaign with Momentum

The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-2) and the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-2) head into tomorrow’s game at Memorial Stadium with identical records. Aside from that, the two teams do not have much in common. The Nittany Lions enter Big Ten play with some momentum after two consecutive victories whereas the Illini are trying to recover from a shocking twenty eight point home loss to Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

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1 Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Illinois

Week 5 of the college football season is here, and that means conference play is set to heat up all over the country. The Penn State Nittany Lions (2-2) and the Illini Fighting Illini (2-2) are set to play at Memorial Stadium in what will be the Big Ten opener for both teams. Let’s see some picks.

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5 Penn State Couture: The Five Game Day Outfits

It’s an away game weekend for the Nittany Lions, but downtown Penn State apparel shops are sure to be packed for parents’ weekend, buying their sons and daughters all the latest team swag. Game day provides a great channel to show off your favorite Penn State gear, but what you wear to the game could say something about you.

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0 Tanner Hartman Commits to Penn State

Bill O’Brien’s 2013 recruiting class grew to eleven verbal commits last night as Virginia offensive lineman Tanner Hartman decommitted from Maryland to join the Nittany Lions. Hartman is rated as a three star recruit by 247 Sports and given two stars by Rivals and Scout. In addition to Maryland, the 6-4 247 lb. high school senior also had offers from Temple, Richmond, and Liberty.

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