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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 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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3 From Saturdays to Sundays: PSU in the NFL

Before looking ahead to Big Ten play and discussing Illinois, we are shifting our focus for a day to check out how some former Penn State Nittany Lions are performing in the National Football League. Yesterday was a particularly good day for Penn State as Sean Lee, Paul Posluszny, and Bryan Scott all recorded key interceptions in big victories.

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0 The State of Penn State and Big Ten Football

Four weeks of Division I Football have now passed, meaning that most non-conference and cupcake games are now finished. This now means that inner-league matches will commence. While this is great news for some, those first four games are actually detrimental in measuring the strength of other teams and conferences as a whole. The Big Ten was 33-13 in non-conference games which may not seem bad on paper, but is actually underwhelming.

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0 Matt McGloin Shines in 24-13 Win vs. Temple

Unlike the past two meetings against Temple, the Nittany Lions never trailed today as Matt McGloin and a strong defensive effort contributed to a 24-13 victory.. While the final score did not reflect it, this felt like one of those Penn State -Temple games from five years ago that the Nittany Lions controlled most of the way.

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0 Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Temple

Good afternoon from Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-2) are set to host the Temple Owls (1-1). The Owls are led by Steve Addazio who is in his second year coaching the program. His team will try to defeat Penn State for the first time since 1941 as Bill O’Brien aims for his second straight victory. Below is all of the information and media coverage for today.

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0 Seventy-One Year Unbeaten Streak On the Line

The arrival of late September has once again brought about the yearly question: Is this the year Temple beats Penn State? The question first came about as a result of two vulnerable Penn State teams, but that is only a small part of it. The bigger reason for the closer contests is the improved Temple teams.

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4 Top 10 Tailgate Food Ideas

Football weekends in Happy Valley are in full swing. Alcohol is a fixture here. Lawn and drinking games are a staple. And then, there’s the food. There’s always something unique to every tailgate, and if you’re not thinking about how to improve your spread for next time you could be left in the dust. Here’s a few food ideas to rejuveinate any tailgate.

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0 Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Temple

You know the drill by now. That wonderful time of the week is upon us again where various Onward State staff writers share their thoughts about tomorrow’s Penn State game. Let’s get to the picks as the Temple Owls (1-1) pay a visit to Beaver Stadium to take on the Nittany Lions (1-2).

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1 Questions for Bill O’Brien to Ponder

In a few hours, Bill O’Brien will have his Tuesday press conference where he fields questions from reporters in the Beaver Stadium media room. The coach has some more positive things to think about following his first victory in a game that saw many young players see their first live action and make a real contribution. Here are a few questions O’Brien will likely be pondering as he receives his weekly dose from others.

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0 Mauti, Barnes Earn Player of the Week Honors

Two members of the Penn State front seven were honored by the Big Ten for their efforts in the Nittany Lions’ 34-7 shellacking of Navy on Saturday. Senior linebacker Michael Mauti was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after registering 12 tackles (7 solo) and 2 tackles for loss, and Deion Barnes, a Philadelphia native, was named co-Freshman of the Week, sharing the honor with Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

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8 Game Day Observations: Navy

Penn State’s first win of the season — and in the eyes of the NCAA tyrants, the last 14 years — provided for a great game day environment, and one that was therapeutic coming off a rough 0-2 start. We’ll get right into the observations.

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