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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. (more…)

October 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

A Classy Gesture from Ohio State

Retired Penn State faculty member Lou Prato ’59 passes along this email that was sent by five student leaders at Ohio State to member of the Buckeye student body. I just love the message of sportsmanship here:

It is important to remember that neither the athletes nor students of Penn State played a role in these alleged crimes, and that their university has been just as shocked and horrified by the news as we have — they are a proud community and they love their school just as much as we love ours.

And:

…we will remember the victims first, but also keep in mind that our visitors are not the people to whom we should direct our anger.

Below is the email in its entirety. Click on it to get a larger, more readable version.

Tina Hay, editor

November 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm 1 comment

Showdown in Columbus

So there’s a pretty ridiculous amount of Penn State sports activity at University Park this weekend, which actually kicked off Thursday when the men’s soccer team opened Big Ten tournament play at Jeffrey Field with a 3-1, come-from-behind win over Northwestern. (Check out this link for all the weekend events.) That said, for most of us the biggest game is in Columbus, where the Nittany Lions are huge underdogs against No. 8 Ohio State.

Penn State doesn’t have a great record in Ohio Stadium — not that any visiting team does — but the Lions did pretty well on their last trip to Columbus. As for Saturday’s game, it’s not the first time Penn State has been picked to be blown out at Ohio State. The Columbus Dispatch has a great piece about the Lions’ very first trip to the Horseshoe, way back in 1956, when Woody Hayes (left) prowled the Buckeye sidelines and Penn State was a late fill-in after Navy cancelled its game there. The home team was favored by three touchdowns in that one, too. Final score? Penn State 7, Ohio State 6.

I imagine most Penn Staters would be thrilled with the same score this weekend.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm 1 comment

Here Comes Big Red

It’s not official, but all signs point to the University of Nebraska becoming the 12th member of the Big Ten Conference. The move, an unexpected twist in what had been a slow-moving discussion about possible Big Ten expansion, could be voted on and announced as early as Friday. There are a lot of reasons why this is a big deal: This piece in the Omaha World-Herald today details the league’s academic excellence, which Nebraska faculty are excited about, and the move would also put two of the country’s premier volleyball programs in the same conference.

Apparently, this has something to do with football, too.

Obviously, the Huskers’ gridiron tradition is the biggest reason Nebraska is likely to be the league’s 12th member, and their presence gives the Big Ten a chance to finally split into two divisions and hold a conference title game, something Joe Paterno has been a vocal proponent of. The addition of Nebraska would also give the Big Ten four of the seven winningest programs (along with Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State) in college football history. As for the rivalry factor? Well, it’s not Pitt, but the Nittany Lions and Cornhuskers have met once or twice over the years, including a 1982 game that folks in Nebraska remember well…

This should be fun.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

June 10, 2010 at 8:57 am 2 comments

Just Another Friday in Happy Valley…

Hardly. Campus is buzzing for tomorrow’s nationally televised visit of Ohio State. Penn State-OSU games increasingly feel like a Really Big Deal, both because they’re often such close games, and because the Big Ten championship is often on the line. The league title isn’t exactly up for grabs tomorrow—somebody will have to knock off somehow-still-unbeaten Iowa first—but it’s still huge for both teams’ hopes of a BCS bowl berth.

The buzz this week has been kicked up a few notches by a mini-controversy surrounding some student-designed T-shirts mocking Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor, the Western PA prep legend who spurned Penn State as “too country” for his taste. Pryor took his team’s home loss to Penn State last year particularly hard—as he should have—and his postgame emotion inspired a Terrelle “Cryer” shirt that was being sold on campus this week. The ensuing uproar led to the shirts being pulled, but won’t do anything to diminish the mood among Penn State fans (and especially students) when Pryor steps onto the field Saturday afternoon.

Speaking of not diminishing the mood: Paternoville was shut down Thursday night due to the weather—the wind chill here made it feel like it was in the 20s overnight—but the students are back out today. Not that these kids need any help getting fired up for game day, but just in case, one of their own, Jeff Lowe, put together this hype video for the occasion…

Two more things to know about this one: It’ll be the first football game—not this season, or even in college, but first ever—that anyone in Jack Crawford’s family has been able to see the sophomore defensive end play in person. The Daily Collegian has the details.

And… Ryan Seacrest will be at Beaver Stadium! Or so he Tweeted yesterday…

Hey any of you going to the penn state ohio state game in happy valley? I will be there sat!!

Apparently his dad is Gary Seacrest ’68. Wikipedia tells us that the younger Seacrest briefly attended the University of Georgia, but it’s good to see he has his football priorities in the right place.

Ryan, if you’re reading this, feel free to stop by our tailgate.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

The Champs Are Here

The men did their part on Thursday and Friday. The Penn State women finished the job over the weekend, winning two of three individual titles to give the combined Nittany Lion fencing team its 11th national championship. Penn State finished the NCAA meet with 195 points, 13 ahead of runner-up Notre Dame. Big Ten rivals Ohio State finished third.

Sophomore Doris Willette (who we featured in the Jan/Feb ’08 issue of The Penn Stater) twice defeated Harvard’s Olympian Emily Cross en route to the foil title, doubling up on the individual championship she won as a freshman in 2007 (Willette redshirted last year). And junior Anastasia Ferdman, already a two-time All-American in epee, won her first national title.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 23, 2009 at 9:32 am Leave a comment


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