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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 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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0 Penn State Defeats Navy 34-7 for O’Brien’s First Win

Today’s football game at Beaver Stadium between the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-2) and the Navy Midshipmen (0-2) can be classified as many things. It was a really weird game, but more than any other statistics or career accomplishments, today’s contest will be remembered as the day Bill O’Brien recorded his first win as Penn State’s head coach.

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1 Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Navy

Good afternoon from Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (0-2) are set to take on the Navy Midshipmen (0-1). The Midshipmen are led by Ken Niumatalolo who is in his fifth year as head coach of the program. Today will be Bill O’Brien’s third attempt at his first win after dropping games to Ohio and Virginia. Several service branches of the military will be honored as part of Military Appreciation Day.

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22 The Do’s and Don’ts of Penn State Football Games

I gave everyone the benefit of the doubt for the first home game. I figured, it’s a new era, let everybody learn new traditions together. Some people did, and some people looked like they had never been to a sporting event ever, let alone a Penn State football game. This is obviously understandable, but here are a few tips for the newbies for Saturday’s game.

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0 Unfamiliar Scenario Against an Unfamiliar Foe

The Penn State Nittany Lions have played several hundred home football games at Beaver Stadium. They are used to that part of the equation. What this current team is not used to is having two straight losses to start the season, and their opponent on Saturday. The last time the Nittany Lions (0-2) faced the Navy Midshipmen (0-1), Gerald Ford was president. It has been a long time–almost forty years– since the teams met, but if the result is similar to the September 21, 1974 game, things are going to get really ugly in Happy Valley.

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0 For a Few Nittany Lions, Navy is More Than a Game

The Penn State Nittany Lions need to focus on winning a football game, but for two players, the contest against Navy is extra special. P.J. Byers and Brent Smith are not your typical college football players. Start with their age. Most guys are not playing at age 26 and 27 respectively. That’s not what makes them different though. Their background and military experience before they arrived at Penn State does.

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0 The Evolution of Allen Robinson

One glimmer of light in what has been a rather dark two weeks for the Penn State Football program has come in the mold of Allen Robinson, a 6-3 205 lb. sophomore wide receiver from Orchard Lake, Michigan. He currently ranks fourth in the country with nineteen receptions and twenty first in yards over the first two weeks with 186. These statistics are good enough to put Robinson at the top when it comes to Big Ten receivers. Robinson has certainly evolved from the three star recruit who only received scholarship offers from Buffalo, Minnesota, and Toledo in addition to the Nittany Lions.

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5 Updates on the Nine Transfers

When the NCAA hit the Penn State Football program with sanctions on July 23rd and allowed players to transfer without penalty, nine decided to leave. Below is an update regarding how these guys have performed at their new schools through the first two weeks of the college football season.

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1 Game Day Observations: University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers, is an easy four and a half hour drive from State College. Despite the loss, the atmosphere was enjoyable and hospitable — which could prove to be a rarity for traveling Penn State fans in the near future. Here’s what I took away from my trip to beautiful Scott Stadium.

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66 Leave Sam Ficken Alone

During the darkest time in school history, with every move we make scrutinized by the national media you’d think Penn State fans would show a little class when a player under performs on the field. Wrong. Some irrational fans felt the need to belittle kicker Sam Ficken, following his tough game against Virginia.

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10 Overheard on Twitter: Sam Ficken Had a Bad Day

There are a lot of dumb people in the world, and a lot of these dumb people have Twitter accounts. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken struggled mightily on Saturday, missing four field goals. Some people took to Twitter to act like idiots and voice their displeasure with Ficken’s performance. We compiled some of these gems.

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0 Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Virginia

Good morning from Scott Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (0-1) are set to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers are led by Mike London who is in his third season with the program. London has a 13-13 record with the Cavaliers while Bill O’Brien is still searching for his first win as a head coach after dropping his debut to Ohio last week. Below is all of the media information and coverage for today.

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0 Nittany Lions Head South in Need of a Victory

To call a contest so early in the season a swing game or to say a season is at a crossroads heading into the second week of college football is not entirely fair, but it may be true tomorrow as the Penn State Nittany Lions (0-1) head to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (1-0).

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9 A Team to Remember

After last week’s devastating loss to Ohio, I’m still trying to figure out the best way to approach the 2012 Penn State football season. And while I don’t have all the answers, I think I have at least one.

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