Posts Tagged ‘Penn State’

TalkSportsPhilly Bowl Projections: Week 2

November 11th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on TalkSportsPhilly Bowl Projections: Week 2 | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports


So, Week 2 of the College Football Playoff Rankings have been released, and there are some significant changes as there were some big upsets last weekwhich have shaken up the rankings so let’s recap the initial College Football Playoff top 10 teams before we go any further:

(As of November 3, 2015)

1. Clemson
2. LSU
3. Ohio State
4. Alabama
5. Notre Dame
6. Baylor
7. Michigan State
8. TCU
9. Iowa
10. Florida

My, how things change in one Saturday. Three teams that were in the top 10, saw their dreams shattered as LSU, TCU and Michigan State all lost last weekend. LSU lost to Alabama by a score of 30-16 in Tuscaloosa, as Derrick Henry ran wild on the Tigers defense carving them up for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns. Meanwhile, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, The Oklahoma State Cowboys had their way with TCU as they destroyed the Horned Frogs 49-29, all but ending their chance at redemption for missing the playoffs last year. And finally in Lincoln, Nebraska in what may have been the most controversial ending of the season.


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NCAAF: Penn St vs Ohio St Preview

October 16th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on NCAAF: Penn St vs Ohio St Preview | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports


So during the preseason I had thought that when we got to this game that both teams would be 6-0, and then Temple came along and spoiled that. In any case, Penn State travels to Columbus this week to take on the undefeated and top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a Saturday Night clash at “The Horseshoe.” However, Ohio State has not been that impressive this year either pulling out closing against Northern Illinois and more recently against Indiana. However, I think that Penn State might actually be the least impressive of the 2 teams coming into this game.

Now I know what you’re saying….. “Penn State is 5-1 that is impressive in itself!”. Well I’m here to give a reality check for those who are saying this. Yes Penn State is 5-1, BUT, in 3 of their 5 wins the margin of victory was by 15 points or less, including a 6 point win against Army, which the Nittany Lions gave up almost 300 rushing yards to the Black Knights. Both teams seem to have some weak spots so lets dive in deeper with the matchups.

Suffice to say that both teams have struggled at times this year, however, Ohio State has been more consistent in the 2nd half of games when they have pulled away in all but 2 of those games. The Buckeyes are led by QB Cardale Jones, who has struggled at times this year, while throwing for 1158 yards and 7 TDs this season. They also have another QB in J.T Barrett who can be a very dangerous red zone threat with his legs. Running back Ezekiel Elliott adds another dimension to Urban Meyer’s offense on the ground as he has already ran for almost 900 yards and 10 touchdowns through six games. QB turned WR Braxton Miller is perhaps more dangerous now than he ever was on a team that is looking to get back to the playoffs and defend the national title that they won last season.

Meanwhile for Penn State, QB Christian Hackenberg has not lived up to his pre-season Heisman hype, and is having an average season at best throwing for 1087 yards and 7 TDs to date.  He will need to have a career game if Penn State has a chance. The defense will have to stand on it’s collective heads all game because they will be tested all night by Ohio State’s stout Offensive Line.

Prediction:  Bottom line, as much of a Penn State fan that I am, Ohio State has to much firepower for Penn State to keep up.  I fear this game may be over by halftime.


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NCAAF: Temple, Penn State impressive, but big test looms for one

October 12th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on NCAAF: Temple, Penn State impressive, but big test looms for one | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports


So one game I think we all knew who would win, and another one I couldn’t have been more wrong with. So we will start with Penn State, who was impressive in their homecoming win over Indiana despite yet another slow start which had fans wondering if they would even get going. That is until midway through the 1st quarter, when Christian Hackenberg threw the 1st of 2 touchdown passes on the game, and the rest was history as Penn State won 29-7. Hackenberg was 21 for 39, threw for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also running for 2 more touchdowns in what was probably his best performance of the year. Same could be said for the offense as a whole as they put up 420 yards of offense for the game.

Next up for Penn State is perhaps the game of the year as the Nittany Lions travel to Columbus to take on top ranked Ohio State who is coming off a 49-28 thrashing of Maryland.

As for Temple, I hate to admit when I’m wrong, but I was wrong in this case. Temple came out on Saturday and put a hurting on Tulane, in their own homecoming game, by a score of 49-10. The Owls were led by QB P.J Walker who went 11 for 15 with 183 yards and 2 touchdowns. The ground game also did its job by racking up 122 yards and 3 TDs, while the defense forced 2 interceptions on the game.

Now mind you this all came after Temple fumbled 5 times early on in the game, so this goes to show that despite the big win, it was nowhere near perfect or pretty for that matter. Next for Temple is a Saturday night game of their own at home against an 0-6 UCF team that just can’t seem to win a game, yet at the same time could potentially hand Temple their 1st loss if the year. This reporter’s prediction? Don’t give one!


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Penn State Bowl Ban Lifted: Nittany Nation Rejoices

September 15th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Penn State Bowl Ban Lifted: Nittany Nation Rejoices | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, Twitter

Yesterday, was a day that sent shockwaves through the NCAA. Back in 2012, the NCAA leveled severe penalties against the Penn State football team, including a 4 year bowl ban. Following two years of adhering to the NCAA’s rule and sanctions that were laid down, the Nittany Lions were rewarded for their good behavior. As of Monday, September 9th, 2014….the Penn State Nittany Lions, are once again eligible for a postseason bowl appearance. George Mitchell released his “Mitchell Report” on Monday, regarding Penn State and their academic integrity.

In his report, Mitchell suggested that the NCAA lift both the postseason ban on Penn State, as well as its’ scholarship sanctions. Starting next season, Penn State will be back, and running at full strength. But, this article will take a look at what this means for Penn State’s current season.

As the Lions enter week 3 of the season, they currently sit a 2-0. Following a 26-24 win against UCF in Dublin, a 21-3 slop-fest against the Akron Zips, and a 13-10 scare against Rutgers, James Franklin is preparing his team for the Minutemen of UMass next week. In the weeks following, they play host to  Northwestern, before their showdown under the lights against Michigan at the Big House.

Their last six games following Michigan, include a Saturday Night showdown against the Braxton Miller-less Ohio St Buckeyes (at home), and a late season showdown against the Spartans from Michigan State. Sandwiched between those two games is a four-game stretch consisting of Maryland, Temple, Indiana, and Illinois.


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My Joe Pa Story

March 2nd, 2012 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on My Joe Pa Story | Filed in Football, General

At the time I was living and coaching high school football in Florida. I had the opportunity to meet coach for the first time in 1994 when I took my first player to the Penn State football camp through Tom Bradley, who has become a friend over all these years. A few years later I had the opportunity to take my son, Billy Furman, and his friend Greg Adkins into the football building to have a picture taken with Coach that I later got signed and have cherished. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was going to take the picture of Billy, Greg and Coach when Joe said to me, “Coach, do you want to get in the picture?” Of course I did, so he had a staff member take the picture so that I could be in it too. What a great moment! (I have the photo posted on my Facebook page, Philly Pressbox).

I had the opportunity to meet Coach several other times over the years but the most exciting time was actually over the phone. It was 2001 and Penn State was again recruiting one of our players, Wayne Dickens, who ended up going to Auburn. Wayne was being recruited by Bob White and Larry Johnson and Bob had called me at my office to check on Wayne’s recruiting status. At that time Bob said, hang on a second Coach wants to talk to you. I proceeded to talk to Coach Paterno for 15 minutes. During that time we talked about everything except for football for the first 13 minutes. He wanted to know how my family was doing, how it was in Florida and of course how the weather was. We spent the last 2 minutes talking about Wayne and his recruitment to Penn State. It was a great time to be talking to someone who you think you’ll never have an opportunity to actually feel like you’re spending time with other than a handshake. I only met Coach once after that but those memories will never be forgotten.

The two other things I will remember most about the impact Coach Paterno had on me was the people who I met that were directly impacted by Coach. The first year I went to the camp I took one of our players, Keydrick Vincent, to the camp. Keydrick was 6’5” and 340 lbs at the time so obviously you could see him. He ended up going to Ole Miss and playing in the NFL for 10 seasons. When we were on the small plane between State College and Pittsburgh on the way back Matt Suhey was on that plane. When we got to Pittsburgh Matt waiting for us to get off the plane and spoke to us for 10 minutes. He spoke about his PSU experience and about his experience with the Bears and playing in the same backfield with Walter Payton. When Matt walked away I remember Keydrick saying, “Oh my God that was Matt Suhey of the Bears and he’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met”. Talk about impact on an 18-year-old. I know Keydrick never forgot it through his years in the NFL. I also have had a chance to meet John Cappelletti on various occasions. Cappy is always talking about the values he learned from Coach and PSU.

I’ve become friends with Adam Taliaferro over the last few years. Most people know Adam’s story but don’t know the person. Adam credits Coach Paterno, his parents and Penn State University for his success as an attorney and involvement in many charitable groups. Adam wants to, and is going to make a difference in people’s lives. The list goes on and on, but I think the way the PSU football staff handled themselves says all that needs to be said. Anything less than being a first class professional when dealing with high school coaches and players was unacceptable. Coat and tie when visiting high schools was mandatory, but the actions and the impression about what to expect academically and in college life was put ahead of what to expect on the football field.

The final impact that I feel is the actions of the PSU fans either at home or on the road. There is nothing like a road trip to Beaver Stadium for a football game with all out tailgating. It’s an event like no other. If you’ve never been part of it you have no idea what you’re missing. Visitors can come to Happy Valley, walk College Avenue and go to any local establishment and know they’re going to have a good time and not have to worry about the actions of fans. When the massive Penn State road show heads out everyone knows they’ll be first class fans. It is all a part of the foundation that was laid by Coach Paterno as he built the football program and the university over 45 years as head football coach.


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Joe Paterno Interview With The Washington Post

January 15th, 2012 by Johnny G | Comments Off on Joe Paterno Interview With The Washington Post | Filed in Football, General

Sally Jenkins sat down with Joe Paterno in an exclusive interview for the Washington Post. Just to be clear, Paterno’s lawyer and public relations manager were in attendance. In the article about the interview, Jenkins seems to make several comments that lead you to believe that Paterno’s health is deteriorating quite rapidly. He answered several questions and perhaps provided more details into the reasoning for some of his actions. Some highlights will be listed below:

On why he did not pursue the Sandusky allegations more aggressively:

““I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was,”  “So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

On what he said to his superiors upon hearing the news:

“I called my superiors and I said, “Hey we got a problem, I think. Would you guys look into it? Cause I didn’t know, you know…I had never had to deal with something like that. And I didn’t feel adequate.”


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Nittany Lions Fall To Iowa in Big Ten Opener

September 27th, 2009 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports, General

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 26, 2009 – Penn State’s great start was nullified by four turnovers, a blocked punt and a safety, as Iowa rallied for a 21-10 win Saturday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

The loss dropped No. 5 Penn State to 3-1 overall, while the Hawkeyes improved to 4-0. The Nittany Lions saw their 11-game home winning streak come to an end. Penn State has won 30 of its last 33 games in Beaver Stadium.

The series between Penn State and Iowa is tied, 11-11, with the visiting team having won 14 times in the 22 games.

Penn State scored on its first play from scrimmage to electrify the Whitehouse throng of 109,316. The Nittany Lions then used a 20-play, 10:17 drive to take a 10-0 first quarter lead. But, the Hawkeyes scored the final 21 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. Penn State gained 147 yards in the first quarter, but was limited to 160 the remainder of the game.

Penn State visits Illinois on Saturday for its first road game of the season. The contest will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT and be televised by ABC (ESPN outside the ABC coverage area). The Penn State Sports Network and also will air the contest.

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