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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.

0 JUCO QB Tyler Ferguson Commits to Penn State

One day after losing out on Iowa Western’s Jake Waters to Kansas State, Penn State has found its junior college quarterback in the form of Tyler Ferguson, a 6-4 190 lb. signal-caller originally from Bakersfield, California. Ferguson will have three years of eligibility remaining after spending the past season playing at The College of the Sequoias.

1 Penn State-Pitt Series Extends Through 2019

Penn State and Pittsburgh, two storied interstate rivals, announced an agreement that would extend their non-conference series to 2019. The Nittany Lions and Panthers are now scheduled to meet annually on the gridiron from 2016 to 2019. Pittsburgh will host Penn State in 2016 and 1018, while Beaver Stadium will be the site of the 2017 and 2019 games.

16 A Letter From the Mauti Family to the Penn State Community

It’s certainly been an emotional year for the Mauti family. From taking over as the emotional leader of the team, to the heartbreaking injury at the end, Michael Mauti has garnered the love and support of the Penn State family that is nearly unmatched by any player in our history.

His brother Pat, who also played at Penn State from 2005-2008, sent this letter to The School Philly on behalf of his family.

25 Bill O’Brien Named B1G Coach of the Year

Bill O’Brien has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year after a successful first season in Happy Valley that concluded with an 8-4 record. Being the only coach in the conference with no head coaching experience at any level before the season, this is quite an honor for O’Brien who beat out some other accomplished coaches including two-time national champion Urban Meyer who led the Ohio State Buckeyes to an undefeated season.

3 Penn State Football: A Season in Photos

The 2012 Penn State Football season will forever be remembered for a myriad of moments. Over the course of the season, we all witnessed these moments — both in triumph and defeat. Below is a compilation of some of our favorite images taken by our staff during this truly unforgettable season.

1 Jordan Hill and Sam Ficken Win Conference Honors

After several individual weekly awards throughout the year, it is fitting that Penn State had two players take home conference honors following the season finale. Senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after a monster game while kicker Sam Ficken won Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after making the game-winning field goal against Wisconsin.

2 Game Day Observations: Wisconsin

Penn State’s emotional performance on Saturday is something that will be discussed for many years to come. Of all the games I’ve attended over the years, only 2005 Ohio State and 2007 Notre Dame came close in terms of excitement and meaning. If you were a student and didn’t give up one more day at home for this game, you should regret it. Here are the last observations of the season.

14 Bill O’Brien: “They’re a Bunch of F***ers”…or was it “Fighters”?

Twitter was abuzz following Penn State’s victory tonight with comments about Bill O’Brien’s postgame interview in which he appeared to say “They’re a bunch of f***ers,” on live TV with ESPN. Of course, O’Brien meant it as a compliment, and he was noticeably emotional after the biggest win of this remarkable season. But it’s also possible that O’Brien said “They’re a bunch of fighters,” as much as it sounded like the former.

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