The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 28, 2013
From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.
O-H, oh no: Let’s get it out of the way: Saturday night was ugly. The Nittany Lions’ 63-14 loss in Columbus was the worst-case scenario for a team operating under NCAA sanctions. On the road against a top-five opponent, and with just 57 scholarship players suited up, Penn State had to play a near-perfect game to beat Ohio State. Instead, the Lions committed early turnovers, struggled to cope with the Buckeyes’ talent, (and, no, didn’t get any help from the refs) and took a historic beating. The fact that OSU fielded a couple of players who were expected to come to Penn State before the sanctions hit made it that much more frustrating to watch.
The challenge now for Penn State fans? Perspective. It’s probably a good time to remember that the Buckeyes weren’t hindered by scholarship reductions when the Lions beat them by the same score back in 1994, and that program has done pretty well for itself since. The sanctions made it inevitable that there would be days like this for Penn State. But with those scholarships coming back sooner than expected, and with Bill O’Brien and his staff making great progress in recruiting, the program is already making its way back to equal footing. In the meantime: patience.
B1G wins: A blustery Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field proved a perfect palate cleanser for the fans who stuck around to see the men’s soccer team clinch the Big Ten regular-season title with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Northwestern. The Lions trailed the Wildcats 1-0 in the final two minutes before Jordan Tyler’s header was deflected in to tie the game, and Tyler scored again with 1:30 left in the second overtime period to win it. The Lions moved to 5-0 in conference play, earning the Big Ten championship outright. Enjoy the highlights below.
The field hockey team went on the road to clinch at least a share of the league title with a 2-1 victory at Iowa. The Lions trailed 1-0 but rallied for a pair of second-half goals, including the game-winner from Brittany Grzywacz. It was the 11th straight win for Penn State, which is 5-0 in Big Ten play. Check the video here.
The science of cyber-defense: A Penn State team is leading a U.S. Army-funded project to help improve cyber-security. Researchers from five universities are working to develop programming that will allow computers to recognize a cyber attack on a network without human intervention. The challenge, according to computer science and engineering professor Patrick McDaniel, is that the science to pull this off literally “doesn’t exist.” No pressure, guys.
Made in PA: Penn State president Rod Erickson is one of seven Keystone State university heads to sign an editorial promoting a collaborative effort to revitalize manufacturing in the state. Citing the far-reaching economic benefits of the initiative, the editorial states “we cannot revitalize manufacturing with old thinking, tinkering around the edges, working in silos and retooling timeworn strategies. Advancements in science and engineering are the bridge to the future and the conduit to creating high-wage manufacturing jobs.” You can read more about the effort at http://www.paengn.org.
Ryan Jones, senior editor