UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The defending national champion Nittany Lion wrestling team officially opened
the 2011-'12 campaign with media day at Rec Hall on Monday afternoon.
More than 30 members
of the local media gathered for head coach Cael Sanderson's first press
conference of the season and media availability for the wrestlers on the squad.Take a look through some of the noteworthy
items from media day for the defending national champs.
The Leader of the
Pack Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson said that his team's
Big Ten Championship and NCAA title last year is still something to be honored,
but he is looking forward to the entertainment that his squad will be providing
this season. Sanderson has been doing a bit of wrestling of his own in the
offseason, but he assured that his focus from this point is on his student-athletes
and his top-ranked program.
"We're excited about what these guys were able to do last year and last year's
in the books as something we can always be proud of," said Sanderson. "I'm just
really focused here on getting our team ready to go and you know at the same
time I'm preparing to compete just kind of like I always do."
Veterans Expected to Take the Lead With a roster featuring 10 fresh faces, Sanderson reiterated the importance
of developing leadership and keeping the intensity high throughout the first
weeks of the season. The head coach noted that while his highly ranked recruits
seem confident and ready to learn, he is counting on All-Americans David
Taylor, Ed Ruth, Frank Molinaro and Quentin Wright and returning NCAA qualifier
Cameron Wade to lead the team this year.
Getting to Know the New Guys Among the handful of new athletes added to the Penn State roster are
freshmen Nico Megaludis and Morgan McIntosh. Both of these wrestlers were among
the country's top five recruits heading into the 2011-'12 season, and Sanderson
said that the duo is adjusting very well to the collegiate wrestling stage.
"They're both looking really great actually," said Sanderson. "They're very
talented kids with a tough mentality and believe in themselves, which is rare
this early in their career, but I have a lot of confidence in both of those
All-Americans Working Even Harder After providing what was truly a team effort to take home last year's
national title, Sanderson said that his wrestlers who made the biggest impact
last season are at it again. After an almost perfect season at 38-1, sophomore
David Taylor has been moved up to the 165 spot in the Nittany Lion roster and
Sanderson said that Taylor has made the adjustment smoothly. Sanderson also
spoke highly of three-time All American and national runner-up Frank Molinaro,
who is one of just two seniors on the squad this year.
"Both guys are wrestling exceptionally well right now," said Sanderson. "And,
if you can imagine, they have actually improved since last year and that kind
of forces everybody else into whatever weight classes are left there."
The Alton Brothers
After an impressive debut season at 141, Sanderson announced that Andrew Alton
will be a red-shirt wrestler for the 2011-'12 schedule. Sanderson said that it
would be more of a hassle for Andrew to cut a significant amount of weight to
get back down to 141 than it would be for him to wait it out and compete as the
tough wrestler that he is at 149 when Molinaro has graduated. Sanderson also
said that Andrew's brother, Dylan Alton, will fill the spot at 157 this year as
he has been looking sharp and has been very competitive against the competition
he has faced in practice so far.
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when I was a freshman, people would say, "we've been doing things completely
different than last year." This year, I can say to the freshman the same exact
thing. One of the best parts of being involved with a growing program, is the
coaches are always trying to mix things up and do different things until they
find what's truly best for each and everyone of us.
What we do
in the weight room has been completely redesigned to directly translate to what
we do and what we need in the pool. Last year, it seemed like we mindlessly
went through the motions. Sometimes reaching all 10 reps or maybe not.
however, I've been lifting with the sprint group. None of the lifts are the
same. Instead of guessing what weight we should use, at the beginning of the
year we took a few practices to try and "max out" our weight. From there we
were given a percentage chart and started lifting at 70% of our max weight on
certain exercises and have been increasing ever since.
doing a lot more to become more like a team this year as well, starting with
wearing matching shirts in the weight room. We've also changed the times we
lift. Instead of trickling in with just your partner whenever you want, each
group lifts together. I enjoy this because we get more out of each session and
are aware of what our teammates are lifting. It also tests our mental toughness
since we lift right before practice on Tuesday and Thursday.
and Fridays sprint group lifts in the morning and we end the last half hour
with creative circuits in the indoor football field - Holluba Hall. One week we
ran with weighted vests, but it ended up more like a waddle. We've done lunges
with a squat bar over our heads, flipped tires, various sprints, wheel burrowed
with a partner and then sprinted back to the starting line with them on our
backs and then we always end with an assortment of ab exercises.
note, I thank you to everyone who could make it out to the Code Blue event we
had last weekend against West Virginia. Our first dual meet was loaded with
school spirit and the Nittany Lion mascot even made an appearance to help make
it an exciting environment! We had fun Sunday afternoon supporting our very own
Amy Modglin and Tom Mershon in the Student-Athlete pageant. Amy put on an amazing Britney Spears impersonation
and Tom shocked the crowd with his dancing skills. I thought both performances
were worthy of the title, but maybe I'm just biased.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Take a look through some of the significant numbers following Saturday's 10-7
victory at Illinois.
4: The Nittany Lions forced a season-high four turnovers against Illinois
(two interceptions and two fumbles).Penn State forced 17 turnovers all of last season.The Lions have forced 22 this season.
6: Penn State has won six games by 10 points or fewer in 2011.The last time the Nittany Lions won that many
games decided by 10 points or fewer was in 1985 (seven games by seven points or
7: Penn State held Illinois to seven points on Saturday, marking the sixth
time in 2011 that the Lions have limited their opponent to 10 points or less.
10: Devon Still posted a career high in tackles (10)
and matched career high in tackles for loss (3.5).His previous career-best in tackles was seven
against Alabama earlier this year and against Florida in last year's Outback
Bowl.Still now has 15.5 tackles for
loss on the year.Fellow defensive
tackle Jordan Hill also made a career-high 10 tackles.
19: On the heels of a career night at Northwestern, linebacker Gerald Hodges
turned in another dominant performance on defense.Hodges made 19 tackles, forced a fumble and
tallied a sack in the victory.
137: Silas Redd rushed for 137 yards on a career-high 30 carries against
Illinois.Redd has now rushed for more
than 100 yards in five straight games.Curtis
Enis (1997) was the last Lion to post five-straight 100-yard games.Enis tallied 100 yards in eight straight
games in 1997.
409: Legendary head coach Joe Paterno earned his 409th career victory on
Saturday, passing Eddie Robinson for the most victories in Division I history.
1,006: Silas Redd has now rushed for
1,006 yards in 2011.He became the 12th
different play to top 1,000 yards in a single season.Additionally, Penn State has produced a
1,000-yard rusher in seven straight seasons.
Redd Among Big Ten Elite
Sophomore running back
Silas Redd added to his string of superb performances in conference play with
another strong outing on Saturday.Through five weeks, the Connecticut native leads the Big Ten (in
conference games) with 703 rushing yards.Redd also ranks No. 16 in the nation with 111.78 rushing yards per game.
Lions Ranked No.
16 in BCS
The Nittany Lions moved
up to No. 16 in the BCS this week.With
a BCS average of .4022, Penn State trails No. 15 Michigan by five-hundredths of
a point. The Nittany Lions are ranked 16th
in the Harris and USA Today polls.Penn
State is ranked 16th in the Computer Rankings.The BCS formula includes an average of six computer rankings.Of the five teams ranked from the Big Ten,
Penn State has the second highest computer average behind Nebraska (12th).
Weekly Defense Ranking Update
Penn State's defense is
among the nation's elite in several statistical categories.The Lions are ranked 10th or higher in four major
NCAA statistical categories this week.The Nittany Lions are ranked 10th in total defense (282.33 ypg), fourth
in scoring defense (12.44 ppg), fourth in pass efficiency defense (96.34),
eighth in pass defense (170.44 ypg) and 24th in rushing defense (111.89 ypg).
Nebraska Kickoff Time
The Big Ten has opted
to make the television plans for the Nov. 12 contests a six-day decision.Therefore, the kickoff time for the Nebraska
game will not be decided until Saturday night, at the earliest.The game will kickoff at either Noon or 3:30
p.m.One of the following games will be
the 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC:
Michigan State at Iowa
Michigan at Illinois
Wisconsin at Minnesota
Ohio State at Purdue
Nebraska at Penn State
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By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The warm-up soundtrack played, the line-ups were
read and the seats of Rec Hall were filled with more than 4,400 rally-towel
waving fans. Happy Valley was getting ready for a night of Big Ten volleyball.
Crowds of chilly Nittany Lion fans filtered into Rec Hall on Saturday night
after an exciting day at Beaver Stadium, ready to thaw off and watch two of the
top ten women's volleyball teams in the nation duke it out.
No. 8 Penn State took down the Hawkeyes, 3-1, on Friday night, and
continued to defend its home court on the following evening with a resounding
win of the same score over the top-ranked Huskers.
Lions head coach Russ Rose again showcased multiple groups of talent on the
court throughout the match, which he said ultimately helped his team work
together to upset their Big Ten opponent.
"You're not going to beat a great team with one player having big numbers,"
said Rose. "So for us it was a collective effort and they needed to make a
statement victory at some point in time so that's a nice one for them to get
under their belt."
The Penn State offense hit .194 against the Huskers' .116 percentage and was
led by sophomore outside hitter Deja McClendon, who said that the conference
win was one that was not only satisfying but also much needed.
"We needed it, we really did," said McClendon. "We needed a time to play as
a team and to get a great win like this it just restored our hope."
McClendon was solid all-around and a spitfire on the court, tallying a
match-high 18 kills and notching seven digs. The sophomore's kills were more
than just points. Each booming swing that she delivered had the crowd on its
feet and ready for more.
"I needed to do something," said McClendon. "I haven't really been doing my
job as much as I should be so finally showing up, that's good. That's what I'm
Similarly, setter Micha Hancock put on quite the show against the Huskers
as she delivered four consecutive service aces in the opening set, and added
two more to the count before the match was over. Her final ace of the night was
also the final point of set four, to end the match and take home the win.
"It was nice," said Hancock. "Honestly an ace is just a point and when we
need a run that's what I want to do. I want to get a cushion for our team."
The freshman setter has been featured in all 22 Penn State matches so far
this season, and she said that the win over Nebraska is one that she is
especially proud of considering the youth of her team.
"I think it helps with our confidence because we're a young team like we've
said before and we know we can do it now," said Hancock. "It's just going in
and staying focused and playing our game."
The win over the Huskers puts Penn State at 10-2 in conference play and
gives the squad a record of 17-5 overall this season.
The Nittany Lions made the match exciting.
Focusing week in and week out on communication, passing and limiting errors
in particular has paid off for the Penn State squad just over half way through
the 2011-'12 season.
With many years of experience in the world of collegiate volleyball, Rose
said that he is not surprised that Big Ten competition has been especially
tough, but he is happy to have a well-rounded team of talent.
"If you're not ready to play you're going to lose," said Rose. "We have to
depend on everybody who is in there."
By Scott Traweek, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's soccer team capped off its
regular season schedule with a sure-handed 2-0 victory against the Purdue
Boilermakers (7-11-2, 4-6-1 Big Ten) at home on Senior Night. The win marked the first time the seniors have
gone undefeated on Jeffrey Field in their collegiate careers and allowed the
Nittany Lions to clench the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Before the game, the players described their traditional bus ride over to the
stadium as an exciting, yet emotional time for everyone.They were amped and ready to play a home game
on Friday night in front of their families and friends, but they were also sad
to see the seniors play their last regular season home game.
"We were all cheering louder than ever," said freshman defender Jackie
Molinda. "And just with our seniors, we
love them, they're such a great group, so it was an emotional ride."
Penn State (17-3-0, 10-1-0 Big Ten) had a hard time getting the offense
going in the first half. A cold, wet
field accompanied by a stingy Purdue defense, made it difficult for the Nittany
Lions to find a rhythm early.It was an
emotional game and the players found themselves caught up in the atmosphere on
Jeffrey Field and the concept of losing their seniors next season.
"I think it's an emotional night for the seniors and for everybody
involved," said senior defender and team captain Emma Thomson."I think at times it probably got the better
of us, but once we settled down we started to connect our passes and we started
to play the game we're known to play."
With the score knotted at zero going into halftime, the players rallied
around their coaches who challenged them to show that they are one of the top
teams in the country.
"It was just about that it's bigger than the Big Ten now," said sophomore
forward Taylor Schram of the speech at halftime."We want to set a standard to everybody in
the nation that we're for real this year, that we weren't playing like it
tonight, and that we needed to pick it up.I think they [the coaches] really did a good job of getting us fired
Penn State came out of the locker room energized and focused on their
present goal.The result showed
immediately as three minutes into the half, freshman midfielder Emily Hurd took
a ball from Schram and launched it just under the cross bar for the first goal
of the game.The score was just what the
Nittany Lions needed to ignite the offense, an attack that has outscored
opponents 34-2 in the second half over the last 19 games.From there the Purdue defense crumbled as
Penn State poured on shot after shot until in the 64th minute,
Schram put the game out of reach with her 12th goal of the season off
of a give and go from her fellow forward Maya Hayes.Head coach Erica Walsh described Schram's
play as "game-changing."
"When she moved into that attacking mid role I thought that things really
started to turn for us," said coach Walsh.
The Nittany Lions dominated the second half; out-shooting Purdue 15-2 and
rarely letting the ball leave the Boilermaker side of the field.To win on Senior Night and to go undefeated
at home was the perfect way for the players to reward their fellow seniors for
all the hard work they put in and all that they've accomplished at Penn State.
"Our seniors are like the core and heart of our team and to win for them on
seniors night and go undefeated on Jeffrey is just everything that we could
have wanted for this season," said Schram.
"These guys are right now defining their legacy and I think for the most
part every game this season they've made it very clear that they want to
accomplish something big this year," said coach Walsh.
Penn State plays Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament
on Wednesday.As key starters like Maddy
Evans and Bri Hovington return from injury, the players are more confident than
ever.They crave more than a Big Ten
title and they are ready to fight on the national stage for a championship
Ahh Chicago, the windy city. That name didn't exactly apply
during the absolutely beautiful weekend we were there, but Chicago certainly
"swept me off my feet".
The PSU Sonic Road Warriors took Chicago by storm last
weekend during our cross-country road trip to see the Penn State Northwestern
football game in our super awesome Penn-Stated out Chevy Sonic. Chevrolet's
brand new model, the Sonic, proved to be very accommodating to us during our
long drive and we shared enough laughs in it to make our lungs hurt. Our trip
began at four o'clock in State College and started off as a very exciting one.
We met former mayor of Toledo, Carty Finkbeiner, at one of our rest stops and
he showed us his phone book which consisted of Ed Rendell, Bill Clinton, and
the White House's phone numbers. 20
questions, the "movie" game, home-made trivia, and über competitive games of Catch
Phrase entertained us throughout the 10 hour trip. We arrived at our hotel at
around two in the morning, but that didn't stop us from getting an early start
the next day. Our first stop was for breakfast in downtown Chicago at Clarke's
diner. Best orange juice I've ever had was that morning at Clarke's (I highly
recommend getting some if you're ever at this diner).
The first attraction we saw in Chicago is one of the most
iconic ballparks in all of America, Wrigley Field. Being a huge baseball fan,
this was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was here that we put all of
our creativity together to reenact the infamous game 6 of the 2003 NLCS with
Steve Bartman robbing an out from Cubs leftfielder Moises Alou. Next, and this
was definitely the coolest part of the trip, we got a grand tour of the Big Ten
Network studios! We met the anchors, saw the production room, and even got to
sit in the anchors seats. This was an incredible experience. Afterwards
everyone was ready for a little afternoon snack so we drove over to a cupcake
shop called Sprinkles, which just happens to be Oprah's favorite dessert shop
in all of Chicago. After trying one of their cupcakes I could certainly
understand why. We got a quick glimpse of Soldier field where the Chicago Bears
play and then it was off to Northwestern. Northwestern has an absolutely
beautiful campus. Each building is very different from the res and they're all
ivy covered. It reminded me of a college campus you'd likely see in a movie.
I had a ton of fun here interacting with fans, giving away
Road Warriors gear, and getting pumped for the game. The game was electrifying.
It was a back-and-forth kind of game, but Penn State's offense finally came to
play and sealed Joe Paterno's 408th win, tying him with Eddie
Robinson for the most Division I football wins. After the game we were too
exhausted to tour any more of the city or Northwestern so we just settled on having
a nice sit-down dinner at Giordano's where we could relax, reflect on our
incredible day and eat some real Chicago deep-dish pizza. After eating that I
don't think east coast pizza will ever be satisfying for me. The next morning
we went back to Chicago to do a little shopping and more sight-seeing. We went
back to Sprinkles for more cupcakes (yes they are that good), and I got to go
into heaven on earth, a four-story Burton snowboarding store (there's only four
in the U.S.)! After this we got back in the coolest car ever and began our long
drive to State College. In all it was one of the most fun, jam-packed weekend
I've ever been a part of, and all I can say now is please vote for the
If you haven't already heard about the weekend that the PSU Road
Warriors spent in Chicago and Evanston for the Northwestern game, you're in for
Andrew and Kelsey of the ROARiors here! We hit the road for Illinois on
Friday afternoon that weekend and spent plenty of quality time in the Chevy
Sonic, arriving in Northbrook, Illinois a bit more than ten and a half hours
later. It was a long trip after a long week of classes and exams, but we were
able to power through with the help of a few clutch car-ride games and timely
naps. Have you ever played the Alphabet Movie game in the car? It's fantastic -
you should all try it on your next road trip.
We checked into our hotel in Northbrook around 2:30 a.m. Saturday
morning and hit the beds as soon as we stepped into our rooms. It was a good
thing we got to sleep as soon as we could, because the next day had a lot in
store for us.
With the Penn State vs. Northwestern game set to kickoff at 6 p.m. CT,
the ROARiors and the Chevy Sonic were ready for a full day of exploring in
downtown Chicago and the city of Evanston.
The Road Warrior Sonic started at Clarke's Diner in the heart of
Chicago, and then headed to the one, the only, Wrigley Field. If you asked us,
the stop at Wrigley was one of the most fun activities that we had all weekend.
In fact, we were so excited to be visiting the Chicago Cubs' home field that we
wanted to pay tribute to one of the most memorable moments in left field at Wrigley.
If you follow the Cubs or know some of the historic moments that have
happened at Wrigley Field, you most likely know the name Steve Bartman. The
ROARiors and the rest of the PSU Road Warrior team wanted to highlight the
major league memory, so we reenacted the situation right outside of the
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The ROARiors and the Chevy Sonic made a lot of stops throughout the
downtown Chicago area en route to Northwestern, but the trip to Wrigley Field
was one of the most exciting of the weekend.
Thanks for following us on our trip to Evanston - we hope you all
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Special seasons in college football are often
defined by a signature play, a drive or a victory.
By no means was Saturday's 10-7 victory over Illinois a statistical
highlight reel, but Penn State again rose to the occasion when the game was on
A hungry Nittany Lion defensive unit contributed several huge
plays, including a season-high four turnovers.The
offense had its hands full with a talented Illinois defense, but it
manufactured an 80-yard touchdown drive with the game on the line.
And Illinois kicker Derek Dimke, who was 7-for-7 kicking field goals coming
into the game, knocked a game-tying 42-yard kick off the right upright as time
Simply put, Penn State collectively battled through adversity, and the
Nittany Lions are now 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten heading into the bye
The Faces of the Game feature usually highlights a pair of players for
their efforts on Saturday, but the win over Illinois was a team victory.
"Since I have been here, we have had to face adversity," senior
defensive tackle Devon Still said."Tonight, we had to face adversity and we kept pushing and pushing.We fought through adversity as a team."
Sophomore tailback Silas Redd tallied 137 yards on 30 carries, marking
his fifth straight game over the century mark.None of the 137 yards were bigger than the three that resulted in a
touchdown with 1:08 to play.Additionally,
the talented back topped 1,000 yards for the season, marking the seventh straight
year a Penn State player has done so.Redd is the 12th different player in program history to reach 1,000
yards in a season.
"We showed a lot of resilience, and we just pushed, pushed and pushed
until we got into the end zone," said Redd."It feels really good (to reach 1,000 yards).All my thanks goes to the offensive line and the
coaches believing in me to carry the ball."
Redd scored the game-winning touchdown after a superb 80-yard drive
orchestrated by junior quarterback Matt McGloin.Like the theme of the game, the drive featured
big plays from a variety of players.Senior wide out Derek Moye, who had not practiced all week, made two
receptions for 29 yards on the drive.Justin Brown hauled in a pair of key receptions and Redd finished things
off with a hard run into the north end zone.
"That was the biggest drive of the game," senior offensive tackle Chima
Okoli said."I still can't believe that
just happened.The defense played lights
out for four quarters...My teammates played really well today."
Penn State's defense was tremendous on a snowy afternoon in Beaver Stadium.The Lions held the Illini to 286 total
yards.Junior linebacker Gerald Hodges followed
up a career night at Northwestern with another career-high 19 tackles.The defensive tackle tandem of Still and
Jordan Hill each registered a career-high 10 stops.As a unit, the Lions made 10.0 tackles for a
"They were really aggressive with us last year, and we weren't going to
let that happen again," Hill said."We
are a different team this year, and we came into this game with the mentality
that we weren't going to lose."
The day started with an estimated 4.7 inches of snow blanketing Beaver
Stadium.It ended with a 42-yard field
goal sailing off the right upright in front of a boisterous Penn State student,
a play several Nittany Lions said that they could barely stand to watch.
"I turned away a little bit, but as soon as it hit the goal post, I
looked and I just started smiling," said Redd.
"I tried not to watch it, but it is like a car wreck, you had to," Okoli
joked after the game.
The Nittany Lions will head into a highly anticipated clash against
Nebraska on Nov. 12 as the lone undefeated team in the Big Ten.Penn State is 8-1 after a team victory on
cold October Saturday in Beaver Stadium.
"It is huge to get a win heading into the bye week," Hill said."We are 8-1 heading into Nebraska.It is a big momentum for us and we just have
to go to work next week."
Stay tuned each week for the Faces of the
Game feature where we highlight two Nittany Lions for their efforts on Saturday
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to Beaver Stadium for gameday coverage of the Big Ten Leaders Division clash between Penn State and Illinois.
GoPSUsports.com will provide in-game coverage from all 12 contests during the fall.Today, Penn State hosts the Illini in a pivotal division matchup.
Stay tuned throughout gameday for updates from the press box as things transpire.
1 p.m. - Good Afternoon from Snowy Beaver Stadium
Mark this day down in the record books as the first game in Penn State history during the month of October with measurable snow on gameday.At the moment, the conditions consist of moderate snowfall with low visibility.The grounds crew is working to clear the snow off of the tarp before it is removed in approximately an hour.
1:15 p.m. - First Measurable Snowfall Since 1996
Today marks the first gameday since Nov. 2, 1996 vs. Northwestern with measureable snowfall during a Penn State game.Meteorologists have confirmed that this will be the first measurable snowfall since that game 15 seasons ago.
1:30 p.m. - Running Game
Penn State's offensive line has improved with each passing week.Silas Redd's conference-leading 141.5 yards per Big Ten game is a good indicator of how well the O-line has played in the Big Ten.The Nittany Lions will again look to establish the running game on Saturday afternoon against a very talented front seven for Illinois.Moving the chains on the ground is very important for the Nittany Lion offense.Given the weather conditions, the running game for both teams will see plenty of action.
1:45 p.m. - McGloin and Bolden Lead Lions off the Bus
Quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden led the Nittany Lions off the Blue Buses in front of a boisterous crowd outside the South Tunnel.As is the team rule, the offensive line players did not have long sleeves on despite the chilly temperatures outside.
2 p.m. - Tarps Coming Off the Field
The large tarps covering the immaculate Beaver Stadium sod came off the field shortly before 2 p.m.The footing should be good for both teams in the early stages of the game.Large snowflakes continue to fall at Beaver Stadium 90 minutes prior to kickoff.A big tip of the cap to the Beaver Stadium Grounds Crew for their efforts removing the snow from the tarp and their tireless efforts early in the week to get the field ready for the game before the snow arrived.
2:30 p.m. - Turnovers
Aside from the fumble on the opening kickoff at Northwestern, the Penn State offense played a turnover-free game in Evanston.The offense has done a much better job limiting its mistakes during the past few weeks.Against a defense like Illinois', another crisp performance will be very important for the Nittany Lions.Turnovers played a big role in last season's clash with Illinois.Ball control will play a huge role in today's game.Keep an eye on the snaps and holds on kicking plays.
3:36 - PSU Wins Toss, Will Receive to Start the Game
The Nittany Lions won the coin toss and will receive the opening kickoff. Even though it's still snowing, it looks like the field has been pretty clean since the tarp was removed. It'll be interesting to see how everyone's footing holds up.
14:55, 1st Quarter - And We're Off! Adrian Amos received the opening kickoff and brought it out to the 23-yard line. Matt McGloin in at QB. This is his second start of the season.
12:30, 1st Quarter - Illinois Takes Over Penn State collected one first down on its opening drive but Illinois forced a punt and takes over at its own 26-yard line.
10:04, 1st Quarter - Penn State Defense Forces Three-And-Out The Nittany Lions did a great job forcing the Illini to a three-and-out on their first series. Sean Stanley read the option play perfectly and was able to stop Illinois behind the line of scrimmage. It doesn't look like the weather's really affecting either team right now.
8:51, 1st Quarter - Third Down Drops A costly false start penalty forces the Nittany Lions into a third and long before Silas Redd drops the screen pass. Second straight drive for Penn State where a receiver dropped a third-down pass attempt. It's early in the game, but the Nittany Lions need to make both those plays.
5:00, 1st Quarter - Penn State Drive Ends With Missed Field Goal A 21-yard completion from Matt McGloin to Justin Brown and Silas Redd's 13-yard run set up a Penn State field-goal attempt, but Anthony Fera pushed it wide right. McGloin had some nice throws on the play to Devon Smith and Curtis Drake that were both caught out of bounds. Even though the snow kept some people away it's starting to fill in nicely. The student section looks full from the press box.
3:30, 1st Quarter - Redd Fumble Gives Illinois Excellent Field Position Silas Redd fumbled the ball on the first play of the drive and Illinois gets the ball at the Penn State 37-yard line. It looked like the ball just slipped out of his hands.
2:05, 1st Quarter - Defense Answers The Penn State defense recorded tackles for loss on first and third down to force the punt. The Illini haven't recorded a first down in the game.
End of 1st Quarter - Penn State 0, Illinois 0 Neither offense was able to find any rhythm in the first quarter. Illinois had -5 yards of total offense in the quarter while Penn State only garnered 63. Devon Still ended the quarter with a sack for Penn State's fifth tackle for a loss.
14:16, 2nd Quarter - Bolden Enters Game After forcing another 3-and-out, Penn State starts its drive at its own 21-yard line. Rob Bolden enters to play his first series.
11:44, 2nd Quarter - Penn State Catches Break On third down, Rob Bolden was hit on his first pass attempt to force a punt. It may have looked like his arm wasn't moving forward yet but the Nittany Lions definitely caught a break with the incomplete call. Illinois takes over at its 41-yard line. The Illini has had decent field position this game but they haven't been able to move the ball at all.
9:43, 2nd Quarter - Penn State Catches Break After Penn State forced another 3-and-out, Justin Brown fumbled the punt but was able to recover. He's misplayed at least three punts so far this game. Even though Illinois hasn't been able to move the ball, the Nittany Lions can't afford to give the ball up in field-goal range. Penn State will start its drive at its own 15-yard line. Rob Bolden still at quarterback.
8:20, 2nd Quarter - Justin Brown Plays Defense Justin Brown was forced to do his best defensive back impersonation on Penn State's third-down play. Rob Bolden was hit again as he threw and Brown had to pull down the Illinois defender to avoid the interception. Although the flag was thrown, it was a great and smart play.
5:48, 2nd Quarter - Sukay Forces Fumble Illinois was finally able to fool the Nittany Lion defense when quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scrambled 14 yards on the option play, but Nick Sukay dropped a big hit which jarred the ball loose and Penn State recovered. Rob Bolden back at QB.
2:50, 2nd Quarter - Different QB, Same Result Reilly O'Toole entered at quarterback for Illinois and, although he led the Illini to a first down, Illinois was forced to punt. Rob Bolden back at quarterback as Penn State takes over at its 16-yard line.
2:06, 2nd Quarter - Penn State Fumbles Penn State's doesn't do itself any favors as Rob Bolden fumbles and Illinois recovers at the Nittany Lion 25-yard line. Penn State's only gained 87 yards of offense this half and has given Illinois a great chance to take the lead.
0:24, 2nd Quarter - Stanley Intercepts Botched Field-Goal Attempt If there was ever a play to perfectly describe the first half it was Illinois' field-goal attempt late in the second quarter. The holder couldn't catch the ball cleanly and his passing attempt was intercepted by Sean Stanley. Matt McGloin back at quarterback.
End of 2nd Quarter - Penn State 0, Illinois 0 Both offenses were pretty ineffective during the first half as the Nittany Lions outgained Illinois, 97-79. The Illini enjoyed better field position and threatened on a few occasions, but costly turnovers and penalties kept them off the scoreboard. Silas Redd rushed for 74 yards on 15 carries.
12:25, 3rd Quarter - Stupar Sack
Forces Illinois Punt
In a game dominated by defense, Nate Stupar forced Illinois to punt on
its opening drive of the second half with Penn State's seventh tackle for a
loss today.Stupar and Devon Still both
have a sack for the Nittany Lions.
10:21, 3rd Quarter - Exchange of
Despite the Stupar sack, Illinois defensive back Terry Hawthorne intercepted
a Matt McGloin pass on Penn State's second play.Two plays later, D'Anton Lynn tallied an
interception of his own to hand the ball back to the Penn State offense.
7:58, 3rd Quarter - Illinois Defensive
On the ensuing play after Lynn's interception,
Redd broke free for a 24-yard scamper.Redd, who has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in five straight games, gained
on yard on third-and-two, but the Illinois defense held strong on the following
fourth-and-short play at the Ilini 36 yard line.Credit the Illinois defense for a huge stop
following a decent Penn State drive.
3:32, 3rd Quarter - Illinois on
the Board with a Touchdown
Illinois took full advantage of its big defensive stand.The Illini covered 64 yards on 11 plays en
route to a 7-0 lead.Nathan Scheelhaase
connected with Spencer Harris on a 10-yard touchdown play.An 18-yard run from Jason Ford fueled the
touchdown drive.Penn State's offense
needs to find a rhythm.
End 3rd Quarter - Defense Forces
Penn State's defense has continued its trend of forcing turnovers in
2011.Gerald Hodges caused a fumble on
the final Illini series of the third quarter, giving the defense a season-high four
forced turnovers today.The Lions have
forced 22 turnovers in 2011.
7:00, 4th Quarter - Illinois 7,
Penn State 3
Penn State got a big play from its special teams unit when Brad Bars got
his left hand on a punt.The blocked
kick handed the Lions a first down at the Illinois 31-yard line.Penn State marched to the 5-yard line, but
the Lions settled for a 30-yard field goal from Anthony Fera.
Final - Penn State 10, Illinois 7
Penn State's offense was held scoreless until the fourth quarter, but
the Nittany Lions found a way to win when the game was on the line.Silas Redd battled his way into the end zone
from three yards out with 1:08 on the clock, capping an 80-yard touchdown drive
to give the Lions a 10-7 lead.However,
the game was not over.Nathan Scheelhaase
and the Illini marched to the Penn State 25 before calling a final timeout with
five seconds to play.The Penn State
students shifted behind the goal post in the south end zone, and Derek Dimke
lined up for a 42-yard field goal that would have tied the game at 10-10.Zimke's kick had plenty of distance, but it
drilled the right upright before falling to the ground.Penn State's defense held Illinois to 286
total yards and forced four turnovers in another dominant performance.Penn State will head into its bye week 8-1
and 5-0 in the Big Ten.Penn State is
the lone unbeaten team in the conference.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions return home this week for a critical
Big Ten Leaders Division contest against Illinois.Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. Beaver
Stadium with television coverage from ABC (ESPN2 outer market).
Penn State took a 27-24 lead into halftime en route to a 34-24 victory at
Northwestern last week.The Nittany Lion
defense held the Wildcats scoreless in the second half and Gerald Hodges
tallied his first career interception before Silas Redd scored the clinching
touchdown one play later.Legendary head
coach Joe Paterno tied Eddie Robinson for the most career victories in Division
I history last week with win No. 408.
This week, the Nittany Lions welcome a Fighting Illini squad coming off
back-to-back losses against Ohio State and Purdue.Penn State is the lone undefeated team in the
Leaders Division, setting up this week's critical division game with Illinois.
Welcome to Penn State-Illinois gameday.
Pregame Reading: What
to Watch For - Penn State
1. Penn State's offensive line
has improved with each passing week.Silas Redd's conference-leading 141.5 yards per Big Ten game is a good
indicator of how well the O-line has played in the Big Ten.The Nittany Lions will again look to
establish the running game on Saturday afternoon against a very talented front
seven for Illinois.Moving the chains on
the ground is very important for the Nittany Lion offense.Additionally, Illinois is ranked No. 8 in the
nation in sacks, including the nation's top individual sack leader Whitney
Mercilus.Pass protection off the edge
will be another key area to watch with the Nittany Lion offensive line.Simply put, Penn State's play in the trenches
will play a big role in the outcome.
2.On the defensive side of the ball,
containing Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins will be a big part of the
gameplan.Jenkins is one of the nation's
top receivers with big-play abilities every time he steps on the field.The Illini offense has made a habit out of
living off of big passing plays from quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to
Jenkins.The duo has combined for seven
touchdowns.Scheelhaase is another
player for the Nittany Lion defense to contain.A much-improved passer in 2011, Scheelhaase leads the team in
rushing.Penn State's defensive front
will be looking to get into the backfield, but without overrunning plays when
Scheelhaase has the ball in his hands.Effective pass rush will play a big role in limiting both Scheelhaase
and Jenkins.Penn State's defense has
forced 18 turnovers in eight games this fall.
3.Aside from the fumble on the opening
kickoff at Northwestern, the Penn State offense played a turnover-free game in
Evanston.The offense has done a much
better job limiting its mistakes during the past few weeks.Against a defense like Illinois', another
crisp performance will be very important for the Nittany Lions.Turnovers played a big role in last season's
clash with Illinois.
to Watch For - Illinois 1.Illinois head coach Ron Zook
said earlier in the week that he wants to ride his senior tailback Jason Ford
this week.Ford is one of three talented
running backs for the Illini.He has
rushed for 392 yards and six touchdowns in 2011.For Illinois' offense to establish its
running game, the Illini offensive line will need a superb outing against Devon
Still, Jordan Hill and the rest of the Penn State front seven.It will be interesting to watch battle in the
trenches when the Illini have the ball.Illinois has rushed for nearly 200 yards per game this season.
2.On defense, Illinois needs a big game
from its front seven against the Nittany Lion running game.Slowing down Redd and the Penn State rushing
attack is critical for the Illini defense.Should Penn State find some success on the ground, Illinois will face an
uphill battle on the defensive side of the football.Nonetheless, the Illini defense has been very
strong in 2011.
3.Illinois needs to get back on track
following back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Purdue.Coach Zook stressed the importance of his
team playing loose and embracing the underdog role this week.After starting 6-0, the Illini can ill afford
another setback heading into the bye week.Keep an eye on the intensity level from the visiting Illini in a game
that is critical for their season.
Gameday Rundown Breaking Down the Injuries: Penn State: TE Garry Gilliam
(knee) - Out, DE Pete Massaro (knee) - Out, LB Michael Mauti (knee) - Out, WR
Derek Moye (foot) - Possible, RB Pat Zerbe (knee) - Out Illinois: No published injury report
Game: Kickoff: 3:36 p.m. TV: ABC - Carter Blackburn (PBP), Brock
Huard (Analyst), Lisa Salters (Sidelines) Radio: Penn State Sports Network -
Steve Jones (PBP), Jack Ham (Analyst) Online: GoPSUsports.com Stadium: Beaver Stadium (106,572)
- Natural Grass Coaches: Joe Paterno - 408-136-3,
Ron Zook - 34-47 (57-61 overall), 7th season (10th overall) The Series: Penn State, 14-4
The Final Word:
Penn State has not forgotten about its 33-13 setback to Illinois on homecoming
last season.Having won six straight
games, the Nittany Lions bring a great deal of momentum into the pivotal
division matchup against the Illini.Penn State has built that momentum with strong play on defense and
consistency from its offensive line.Running back Silas Redd has played a big role in the Lions' success in
2011.Look for the Lions to rely on No.
25 again on Saturday.Illinois' defense
is a very talented unit that will present Penn State with a stiff challenge in
the trenches.Moving the football on the
ground will be key for both teams.Illinois head coach Ron Zook wants to use senior tailback Jason Ford
often on Saturday.The Lions will be
looking to limit big plays from the conference's leading receiver A.J. Jenkins,
as well.Coach Paterno said several
weeks ago that the Lions are looking to improve each week.Saturday's game is another opportunity to get
better in a pivotal game one week before the bye.The wildcard for Saturday is the
weather.Forecasters are expecting
accumulating snow during the day.
Be on the lookout for the Gameday Photo
Blog and live in-Game Blog from Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
As we do each week, the GoPSUsports.com Football Blog takes a look at all of
the Big Ten games on the schedule.There
are six conference matchups this week.In all, five Big Ten teams are currently ranked in the top 20 of the
Two teams in dire need
of a conference victory will collide in Bloomington on Saturday.Indiana freshman quarterback Tre Roberson
will be looking to build on a solid performance in his first ever start against
Iowa last week.Northwestern's offense
played very well in the first half against Penn State last week, but the Wildcats
need to find some consistency on defense.Northwestern QB Dan Persa is expected to play, despite a turf toe
injury.Persa and the Wildcats have zero
margin for error if they want to play in the postseason.
The Boilermakers will
take a great deal of momentum to Michigan Stadium after a 21-14 victory over
Illinois last week.The Boilers are
beginning to find an identity behind quarterback Caleb TerBush and running
backs Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers.Michigan
was off last weekend, and it has not been in action since a setback to Michigan
State.Denard Robinson will be looking
for a strong outing against an underrated Purdue defensive unit.The Wolverines need to bounce back at home on
Saturday, but Purdue is improving every week.
#11 Michigan State (6-1, 3-0) at #14 Nebraska (6-1, 2-1) -
Noon - ESPN
Michigan State has
made its case to be the best team in the Big Ten up to this point during the
season.Coming off a dramatic victory
over Wisconsin last Saturday, the Spartans travel to Lincoln for another
pivotal game against Nebraska.The
Cornhuskers are very tough to beat at home, but no team is hotter than Michigan
State right now.Kirk Cousins and the
Spartan offense need a mistake-free game.Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead are the two key players to watch on the
Nebraska offense.Michigan State's
defense is an elite unit, but Husker defense may be critical area to watch on
Saturday.It should be a very
entertaining game to watch, especially the matchup between Martinez and the MSU
Iowa has quietly
started 2011 with a 5-2 record.Quarterback James Vandenberg and the Iowa receiving corps led by Marvin
McNutt will pose a big challenge for the Minnesota secondary.McNutt ranks second in the conference in
receiving.Minnesota's pass defense is ranked
10th in the Big Ten.The Minnesota
offense has struggled putting points on the board in 2011 (17.4 ppg).The Golden Gophers need to find a way to
visit the end zone, but Iowa's offense should have no trouble putting points on
the board at TCF Bank Stadium.
#15 Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1) at Ohio State
(4-3, 2-1) - 8 p.m. - ESPN
Ohio Stadium will play
host to a very intriguing matchup between an improving Ohio State squad and a
Wisconsin team looking to get its season back on track after a bitterly
disappointing loss on the last play of the game in East Lansing.The big story in Columbus will be how the
Badgers respond.All eyes will be on
quarterback Russell Wilson.Look for
Ohio State to use Dan Herron early and often to turn this contest into a ball
possession game.Wisconsin's defense
needs to step up for the Badgers, but Wilson and the Big Ten's leading rusher,
Montee Ball, must get back to playing efficient offensive football.Wisconsin is still very much in the race for
a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game, and it needs this game.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State returns home this week for a pivotal Leaders
Division clash against Illinois.
get you ready for the game with a pair of video scouting reports.We kicked things off with Joe Suhey on
Wednesday.Moving to the defensive side
of the ball, we caught up with senior defensive end Eric Latimore.
Latimore has made 11
tackles in 2011, including 2.0 sacks.The Delaware native have broken up two passes.Latimore and the Nittany Lion defense have
spent the week preparing for athletic Illinois quarterback Nathan
Scheelhaase.Take a look at what he has
to say about it.
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By Scott Traweek, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The role of a senior on the Penn State women's
soccer team carries with it a number of responsibilities.
leaders, leading by example both on and off the field.They welcome incoming freshmen to the team
and embrace them into the Nittany Lion tradition. They are the glue that holds
the team together when faced with adversity, brewing the chemistry that drives
their team through the season.
"It all surrounds
our leadership," said senior defender and team captain Emma Thomson."We have to be the ones that lead the team
through thick and thin.Whenever things
are good, whenever things are bad it's always on our seniors' shoulders and we
take it with great pride."
It's the seniors
who pass down the Penn State tradition from generation to generation.They set the tone in the locker room, during
practices and during games.
"I think they're
the ones that set the culture," said head Coach Erica Walsh."As far as I'm concerned the culture on this
team right now is the best that it's ever been during my time here and I
directly attribute it to the work that they put in."
Their hard work has
paid off with a Big Ten trophy for every season they've played as a Nittany
Lion, extending their future alma mater's streak of consecutive conference
championships to 14.The fact is every
senior knows Penn State is expected to win the Big Ten year after year.
big ten champs and you learn that from your freshman year to your senior year,"
said redshirt senior Meghan Gill."By
the time you're a senior you know what it means... to step out on that practice
field every day and work to be that champion, not just show up on game days."
"Every team looks
at us as the biggest target and so we always have to come out each game strong
and focused and ready to battle for every game," added senior captain Jess
experience plays a key role in keeping the team focused.Whether the previous game ended in a win,
tie, or loss, it is up to them to bring the team back to Earth in preparation
for their next opponent.
helpful having a lot of experience," said Rosenbluth."Each game provides you a different challenge
so being able to play each game and through it for four years is really
The impact the
seniors have had on such a youthful team this season was made apparent early on.The Nittany Lions opened the season with a
4-0 setback to Stanford, the second-ranked team in the country.Since then Penn State has gone 16-2-0, 9-1-0
in the Big Ten, with a flawless 7-0-0 record at home.
Not only have the players learned fundamentally from the game against Stanford,
they have come together as a team, led by their seasoned veterans, combining
for a school record 69 assists with goals from 11 different players and should they
run into the Cardinal again somewhere down the road, the result will be different.
"The most important
thing is expectations and their expectations are high," said Coach Walsh."I don't think they're interested in just
being good this year and I think they show that in the way that they trained."
"I just think it
shows the depth, the strength of our team and how dynamic we are as a unit,"
provides something different to the team as a whole.Players like Carly Niness and Krissy Tribbett
bring energy to the field during practice and games when the team is in need of
a spark.Senior captains Jess Rosenbluth
and Emma Thomson lead by example, passing along their knowledge of the game to
their younger teammates.Senior
midfielder Ali Schaefer stepped up with career highs in both goals (4) and
assists (5).Meghan Gill adds a
passionate and determined personality, along with her entertaining women's
soccer blog.Together these seniors
helped build the team that won Penn State's 14th straight Big Ten title.
"There's a lot of
work done off the field that these seniors do in their own little ways," said Coach
Walsh."We have all sorts of leaders in
this senior class and I think they've all done their part to take this team to
where we are right now."
Penn State heads
into its final game of the regular season against Purdue Friday night at 7
p.m., Senior Night.The Nittany Lions
will then enter the Big Ten Tournament boasting one of the top offenses in the
country backed by a defense with 11 shutouts, all led by an experienced senior
class hungry for a national championship.
"For them [the
seniors], I think it's a stepping stone," said Coach Walsh."I think it's a stepping stone to something
bigger and hopefully the experience we gained in the Big Ten this year will
help us on the national stage."
Finley, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY
PARK, Pa. - Anticipation
has taken hold of the Penn State women's volleyball team as it heads into the
second half of the 2011 season this weekend. The Nittany Lions know their time
as a young team is slowly coming to an end as they now have experience with
each team in the conference and hold an 8-2 Big Ten record.
about how we're a really young team, but it's a long season," said senior
defensive specialist Megan Shifflett. "It's taken us a while but things are
slowly starting to come together. Hopefully everything clicks at the right time
when we need it to."
With six seniors
graduating last year, it was a new beginning for the team. Even with consistency
a recurring problem throughout the season, the Nittany Lions have worked hard to
find success on the court in an effort to carry on the Penn State volleyball
communication and limiting errors were evident from the start with players
trying to establish their new roles on the team. As the second half of the
season arrives, freshman defensive specialist Lacey Fuller says improvements are
"I think people are
trying to start talking a lot more," said Fuller. "Communication is not to where
it needs to be yet, but in general it has gotten better. When we're competing
and comfortable talking with each other, everything else just falls into
noticed these same improvements and hopes that with the team working together,
there will be more wins to come in the future.
"It's a process,"
said Shifflett. "There are times where you can see little things coming
together with the communication and with eliminating errors. It will come on an
individual basis where you'll see one particular player get better at something
they couldn't do earlier in the season. As the individual success piles on, the
team slowly comes together too."
As the team comes
together on the court, the Nittany Lions look to the rest of the season with
excitement knowing they have faced each Big Ten team once already. The
rematches will not be easy, however, as six out of the ten remaining games are
against Top 25 ranked teams.
"Right now it's
getting tough," said Fuller. "This is the time when it's determined who's going
to win the Big Ten which is really important. I think this weekend is going to
set the tone for the next half of the Big Ten season."
This weekend will
not be an easy one for the Nittany Lions who host Iowa on Friday, only to
return to Rec Hall on Saturday night for a match against No. 1 Nebraska.
Shifflett knows a win against Nebraska will be huge for the team, as it will
give them an added boost of confidence for the rest of the season.
"With Penn State
and Nebraska there's always been that rivalry. Obviously they are number one
which adds a certain amount of pressure, but there's so much history between us
that it makes it a big game."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
GoPSUsports.com kicks off its weekly feature for the Nittany Lion wrestling
team.After providing one-on-one video
interviews with members of the wrestling program last fall, This Week In Penn
State Wrestling is back for the 2011-'12 season.
Take a look at an
interview with assistant coach Aaron Anspach.
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usual, there was a lot of activity here at Penn State this past weekend, even
with the football game being played away at Northwestern.There was especially a lot going on at the
natatorium.This past weekend brought
back many former swimmers of the program for Alumni Weekend.The past Penn State athletes gathered
together and helped rally both the men's and women's team to victories over the
West Virginia Mountaineers.Not only
were the alumni in attendance, but a plethora of students came out to support
the team for its Code Blue event.This
year's Code Blue events have been a great success in creating a buzz around
campus about the various athletic teams.During the swim meet, there was an opportunity to win two tickets to the
Drake concert that will be coming to Penn State November 10th.Also in attendance at the natatorium, was the
B94.5 radio station that helped to attract fans into the pool while blasting
music on the front patio.Our very own
coach, John Hargis, had an interview broadcasted over the radio waves.
everything was going on outside of the competition, the team was focusing in on
the first dual meet of the season.During the week leading up to the meet, we knew that we would have a
solid week of training that would put us in the position to race while our
bodies were tired.We surely got the
opportunity to get ourselves out of the "comfort zone" while also getting into
a mind-set that was ready to race against any competition.The positive energy and atmosphere that the team
created leading up to the meet and before the start of the first event, surely
helped us get the ball rolling.After a
1, 2 finish in the medley relay, for both the women and men, we surely had the
positive momentum on our side.This meet
was the first opportunity for the freshmen to race at a collegiate level.Many of them were able to perform very well,
but most importantly, I think they were able to learn from the experience and
use it as the first building block in their young collegiate careers.In the end, both Penn State teams walked away
victorious, yet with several details that need to worked on in the coming weeks
leading up to our next dual meet competitions against Auburn and Georgia Tech.This past
Sunday, the Student Athlete Advisory Board put on the annual Student Athlete
This event has an athlete from
each team participate in a competition that is a little different than they are
used to.Each athlete was judged on
formal wear, a question and answer portion, and a talent.Our very own Amy Modglin and Tom Mershon
participated for the women's and men's swim team respectively.This is an event that brings the athlete and
student population together and also showcases the contestants' unique,
non-athletic related talents.The event
was, as usual, very entertaining for all who participated and was well attended
by the swim team, who was most definitely the loudest group in the crowd.
time of year is always a busy one for recruiting and consequently an exciting
time when high school swimmers start committing to their school of choice.The recruiting trips allow the team to
interact with extremely talented high school seniors who will possibly be
swimming as a Penn Stater in the near future.Our team as a whole has received several exciting commitments that have
created a buzz amongst team members and creates a source of anticipation as we
wait to hear who will be the next high school senior to call Penn State home
next year.Although I am a senior and
will not have an opportunity to swim with any of the recruits who commit to the
team this year, it is exciting to see which athletes will become the future of
the program and represent Penn State proudly.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Penn State returns home this week for a pivotal Leaders Division clash against
get you ready for the game with a pair of video scouting reports.We open the weekly scouting reports with a
conversation featuring senior running back Joe Suhey.
In typical Joe Suhey
style, the senior has been productive in a variety of ways in 2011.The senior has carried the ball 12 times for
47 yards (5.9 avg.) and tallied 10 receptions for 97 yards (9.7 avg.).He has scored two touchdowns.Suhey has also played an instrumental role in
blocking and on special teams.
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a full fall of racing already under their belts, the Nittany Lions will begin
the "championship" portion of their season this weekend, traveling to the Big
Ten Cross Country Championships at the University of Illinois.Both squads turned in fourth-place efforts at
the 2010 conference meet, and will be looking for even more success in 2011.
The following is the
seventh of a series of blog posts from senior Caitlin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.).
Lane is a team captain, as well as an NCAA all-region standout in cross
country, and an NCAA qualifier in track and field. The senior also holds a pair
of school records, including the indoor 1,000-meters (2:45.95), and outdoor
4x800-meter relay (8:39.44) outdoors.
Big Ten Championships
the past two weeks, we've been trying to find our spark. I don't know if we
necessarily found it, but I'm not sure we need it. There is no doubt in my mind
that we all want to be champions, and there is no doubt that we know how to do
it. I believe in the girls on my team, and I hope they believe in me. We've
worked hard and we deserve to leave champions. But who's to say we deserve it
more than anyone else? That is what we need to remember. Everyone has put in
the work and everyone thinks they deserve to win. It is how you handle the
pressure and what you leave on the course that determines who gets to be
crowned Big Ten Champions.
hay is in the barn, as they say, so there is nothing we can do now running wise
to help us on Sunday. We can, however, prepare mentally. If we can keep our
cool and not stress about this weekend we can do great things. Our goal at the
beginning of the year was to be Big Ten Champions. This is not going to be
easy. Just like every competition we've faced this year, it's going to be a
challenge. But if we get scared and ease up when the race gets tough, then we
don't deserve to win. When the going gets tough, we have to get tougher. If we
can get ourselves up in the front and stay there, we will be able to walk away
with our heads held high.
my senior year. My last Big Ten Cross Country Championship. I will do everything
I can to help my team walk away with the title. There is no more, 'oh, I have
next year.' This is it. I want to leave Illinois feeling the way I did in 2009
when we won. Through my whole career here there has been no better feeling than
when the ten or eleven of us were standing in a huddle waiting for the results,
secretly knowing that we had won. It didn't matter how tired we were, we jumped
up and down in celebration anyway. We cheered, we cried and we screamed. To
this day, nothing really compares.
confident in my girls, and I'm confident in myself. We can get the job done.
Winning a championship is worth the pain. It is worth pushing that extra little
bit even if you don't want to. We only get four opportunities to win a
cross-country Big Ten title. We're going in on a mission and I'd be scared if I
was you! WE ARE!
weekend and two more wins. This past weekend was a big weekend for us, as not
only did we leave Michigan with two wins, but also clinched our team's 14th
consecutive Big Ten Title!If you
watched the game on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, you realized that we didn't
celebrate our championship on the field.That was because we wanted to celebrate as a team, and since we were
away we weren't able to travel everyone and celebrate as a team, we kept it
subdued.Every individual brings
something different and unique to this team, even if they are injured or unable
to travel, and that is what has made this team so successful.So, to wait and celebrate with everyone was
an easy decision for our team to make. Before
I talk about this Friday's game, I will recap this weekend and how we were able
to clinch the title in Michigan.
game this past weekend was at Michigan State, a place we have struggled to get
a win at since 2005.Yet, not only was
this a game, but also a celebration of the great life of Adalin Farnum, the 9-year-old
daughter of Michigan State's associate head coach Tammy Farnum, who had lost
her battle with cancer earlier in the week.Before the game both teams walked out with pink balloons in hand, and
after a moment of silence released the balloons in her memory.Both teams also wore armbands with her
initials on them during the game to honor her.So, it was a bit of an emotional start to the game and you could
definitely see that as Michigan State had something more to play for, and went
up 1-0 going into halftime.
knew going into the second half that we needed to come out with a lot of
intensity as this is a tough place to play, but if we can match their intensity
we felt we could get the goals and come out with the win.We came out in the second half refocused and looking
for a "finishing frenzy!"Maya Hayes
came out and scored two more goals to add to her Division 1 leading tally and
Maddy Evans put her stamp on her first game back from injury with a set piece
goal off a free kick.It was a very
tough game but a great win and one in which we were so happy afterwards to
finally be able to get a win away at Michigan State!With this win, we also knew a win on Sunday
at Michigan would give us our 14th Regular Big Ten Season Championship.
Once a Penn
Stater, always a Penn Stater!That
saying rings true throughout our soccer team as well, as our alumni keep in
touch and are constantly coming to our games throughout the country.Dani Toney, a 2010 senior, is from
Northville, Michigan, and her and her family invited us over on Saturday for
dinner and to hang out at their house.Anytime we can get a home cooked meal and a chance to relax on an away
trip our team definitely takes advantage of these opportunities.We want to thank The Toneys for everything,
from a great meal (especially Mrs. Toney's banana pudding!), a fun time, and
especially the goody bags for the trip home.THANK YOU!
that we could clinch the title was all the motivation we needed as we went into
the game on Sunday.This was Michigan's
Senior Day, and they showed their appreciation for our seniors, announcing our
seniors and giving us flowers as well.With all the motivation we needed we came out strong and had a great
90-minute game, not just a good half, but finally put it together for 90
minutes.A big key to our success was
our wide play and switching the point of attack, which kept Michigan off the
ball and us dictating the play.This
resulted in a 4-0 win with many great goals from Taylor Schram, Maya Hayes, and
Ali Schaefer.Schram's goal came off a cross
from Jackie Molinda as she made a run up from right back to slot the ball
across the box, Maya Hayes dummied it, and Schram placed it in the corner of
the net to start another "finishing frenzy!"
goal came from Maya Hayes' rebound off a shot from Ali Schaefer, which put us
up 2-0 going into the half.The second
half was just as fun and I hope entertaining for those watching on the BTN as
Maya Hayes had an amazing goal!She
nutmegged one defender and split another two before finishing a low line drive
past the goalie for her second goal of the game and her 25th of the
year.To finish off the scoring, Ali
Schaefer got control of the ball that was mis-cleared out of the box and
rocketed home a shot to the far post!With
the result, we clinched the Big Ten Title, but as I said, we still have one
last home game against Purdue on Friday!
Friday's game will be one you won't want to missWe will be celebrating our seniors: Ali
Schaefer, Jess Rosenbluth, Krissy Tribbett, Carly Niness, Emma Thompson, and
myself before the game, and our 14th Consecutive Big Ten
Championship after the game!As we take
the time to reflect on our years on the Penn State Women's Soccer Team, us
seniors are proud to be part of the great tradition here and hope we have
passed that tradition on to the underclassmen for many years to come.
also be hosting a halftime Halloween contest with the best costume winning a
prize! So come on out and help us celebrate Senior Night and our Big Ten
Championship as we continue to defend Jeffery Field against Purdue this Friday
and help send us into the postseason with a win!
By Scott Traweek, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With victories at Michigan State (3-1) and Michigan
(4-0) over the weekend, the Nittany Lion women's soccer team captured its
unprecedented 14th consecutive Big Ten title, the longest streak by a Big Ten
women's program in any sport.
Though the stakes were high prior to the two crucial conference away games, the
players remained zeroed in on their goal.
"Just play our game," said sophomore sensation Maya Hayes. "I think that's
been our mindset throughout the entire season... We have to take each game one
step at a time and I think that was the main focus this weekend."
After struggling early and falling behind 1-0 against the Spartans, Penn
State emerged victorious following a three-goal offensive blitz in the second
half within a span of 15 minutes.Two
goals by Hayes put the Lions ahead and a score by junior midfielder Maddy Evans
just 87 seconds later sealed the deal.
"You can prepare for one part of our team, but you can't prepare for
everything," said Hayes."There's no
right way to mark us or right way to stop us and I think that's one of the
crucial pieces of this team this year is everybody's a big part and plays a big
The Nittany Lions carried that momentum into Sunday's match against Michigan,
whom they attacked early and often, jumping out to a two-goal lead by the end
of the first half. When the second half
began, the players never let up as Hayes scored her second goal of the
afternoon, fourth of the weekend, adding to her nation-leading season total of
25 goals.Senior midfielder Ali Schaefer
capped off the afternoon with her career high fourth goal of the season giving
Penn State the win 4-0 and the conference championship.
"It's a tradition," said sophomore forward Taylor Schram on winning a 14th
straight Big Ten crown."We're a family
with everybody that's been here before us and our team now and Penn State pride
is the most important thing to us, so to carry on a tradition like that, it
means a lot to all of us."
"Winning brings confidence," added goalie Erin McNulty."I think we're just working hard and trying
to get better every day and hoping to be where we want to be at the end of the
The urge to continue the streak of winning the Big Ten was apparent in each
player this season.They expect to win
every year.As head coach Erica Walsh
has said in the past, their focus and determination is displayed in the way
that they train during practice and battle during games.They believe in the Penn State tradition and
those players who came before them.They
know what needs to be done to play at a consistently high level.
"That's been our motto for forever and we really bought into that this
season," said Hayes on following in the footsteps of their predecessors."Just to play for those who came before us
and to put work in every single day whether it's practice or a game or a light
day or a hard day.Whatever it takes to
just make each other better."
At the core of Penn State's success through the years have been the
coaches.As freshmen enter college and
seniors leave, it's up to the coaches and recruiters to bring in new talent and
integrate these players into the Penn State tradition. They energize the players prior to every game
and help refocus the team afterwards. Both on and off the field, the coaches are the
ones who build the foundation for their team.
"They are the people that get us ready every year," said Schram."They train us hard, they make sure that
we're mentally prepared for every game, and they keep us focused, so they are a
huge piece of it all."
"[Coach Walsh] gives us a speech before the game and we all look at each
other and we're like 'we are so lucky to have such a wonderful speaker,'" added
freshman midfielder Emily Hurd."She
just gives us so much energy."
With the Big Ten conference under their belts, the Nittany Lions crave
"This year we have higher standards, so it was great to win the Big Ten,
but we want to keep moving forward," said Schram.
Penn State plays its final game of the regular season at home against
Purdue Friday at 7 p.m.It's Senior
Night and the players look to extend their 10-game winning streak, while
protecting a daunting 7-0-0 home record.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
- Last season, Penn State wanted to use its clash against Illinois as a
springboard into the bye week.
The Nittany Lions came
into the game 3-2 on the season, but walked off the field on a sunny afternoon
at Beaver Stadium with a 20-point defeat (33-13) to Nathan Scheelhaase and the
Penn State (7-1, 4-0)
has not forgotten about the setback to Illinois (6-2, 2-2).While it may be later in the season, and the
Lions' record may be different in 2011, the circumstances are very
similar.The Lions are hosting the
Illini on the week leading up to the bye.
"It was a bad experience, but a learning experience," junior defensive tackle
Jordan Hill said."We're a different
team from last year."
At Tuesday's weekly
press conference, Coach Paterno said that he remembers last season's setback to
Illinois as a "good lickin'".Last
season is in the past, and Hill is right, Penn State is a much different squad
this fall.And so is Illinois.
Illinois is the best football team we've played outside of Alabama, personnel
and scheme‑wise, everything else," Coach Paterno said."They'll be the toughest for us up to now
except for Alabama."
Illinois may be entering the week on a two-game slide after losses to Ohio
State and Purdue, but do not let the record fool you.The Illini are a very talented bunch on both
sides of the ball.Wide receiver A.J.
Jenkins has 56.6 percent of Illinois' receiving yards, the most in the nation
by a wide margin.Defensive end Whitney
Mercilus leads the nation sacks.
"I think they're a good team," Coach Paterno said."I think they're down four fine players.I think their offensive line's a good
football group.So they've got two or
three running backs that it's tough to tell one from the other.Great whiteout.So you look at it.You don't just stare at any one part of their
game.You've got to be ready for good
solid all‑around squad.We've got to
play a better football game than we've played all year."
Scheelhaase leads the Illinois offense.Scheelhaase is an athletic player with very good speed in the open
field.He has the tools to hurt a
defense with his arm and his legs.The
sophomore is much-improved passer from one season ago.He is completing 65 percent of his passes in
2011, compared to 58 percent last year.He leads the team in rushing with 412 yards, as well.
"I think (Scheelhaase
is) one of the top three quarterbacks in the conference," Coach Paterno
said."He can run.He does the things that hurt us.He scrambles well...I think he's going to be a
real problem for us."
Penn State will need
to play a complete game this week.As
Coach Paterno said, the Nittany Lions will have their hands full with a
talented Illinois team on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
"It is going to take a
total team effort to prevail in this one," senior offensive tackle Chima Okoli
said."We are just ready for the challenge."
Press Conference Notes: - Penn State wide
receiver Derek Moye is listed as "possible" for Saturday's game on the weekly
injury report.Coach Paterno said that
Moye is close, but would not be ready to play this week against Illinois.The squad is hopeful to have Moye back in
time for Nebraska.
- Senior fullback Joe
Suhey has been battling a shoulder injury over the past couple weeks.Coach Paterno said that he is fine to play on
Saturday, but has been wearing a green cross (no contact) at practice.
- Coach Paterno had
this to say about wide receiver Devon Smith:
"Well, he can
run.Speed's a big thing.Particularly in certain things you want to
do.He's had his struggles.He's not a natural.He's had to work hard with his hands, timing,
body control, so that he can put himself in position to make the catch.To his credit he's done that... He's a tough
had a pretty good run into the year.And
he'll try to block you.I know how tough
he can block (laughter)."
- Coach Paterno shared
a story on his athletic career at Brown during Tuesday's press conference:
basketball one year until I guarded (Bob) Cousy and he got 35 points in 6
- Nittany Lion senior
offensive tackle Chima Okoli was asked what his thoughts were on the Penn State
quarterback situation.Okoli had this to
say in response:
"Like I always say, if [Coach Paterno] gave me a say in the
quarterbacks I'd be back there. I don't have a say in the quarterbacks,
unfortunately, which is unfortunate for you guys too because I'd be putting on
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Take a look through some of the significant numbers following Saturday's 34-24
victory at Northwestern.
1: Penn State's defense may have only forced one turnover on Saturday
night, but it was huge one.After Jordan
Hill tipped a Dan Persa pass at the line of scrimmage, Gerald Hodges hauled in
a Penn State interception before returning it 63 yards.One play later, Silas Redd visited the end
zone, which gave Penn State a 34-24 lead in the third quarter.
5: Penn State's ball carriers had 38 rushing attempts on Saturday
night.The group averaged 5.0 yards per
6: Following the fumble on the opening kickoff, Penn State's offense scored
on six consecutive possessions, including four touchdowns and two field goals.
7: Penn State's defense made a season-high 7.0 sacks against
Northwestern.Defensive tackle Jordan
Hill accounted for two sacks.
14: Junior linebacker Gerald Hodges gets better with each passing week.Hodges tallied a career-high 14 tackles to go
along with 1.5 sacks and a pivotal interception in the second half.
110: Junior wide receiver Devon Smith played a big role in a solid night for
the Nittany Lion offense.Smith hauled
in a 45-yard touchdown en route to six receptions for a career-best 110 yards.
164: Silas Redd rushed for a career-high 164 yards at Northwestern.Redd has rushed for more than 100 yards in
four straight games.Tony Hunt (2006)
was the last Lion to post four-straight 100-yard games.
408: Legendary head coach Joe Paterno earned his 408th career victory, tying
Eddie Robinson for the most victories in Division I history.
Redd Leading the Big Ten
Sophomore running back
Silas Redd has put together four straight superb games.The Connecticut native leads the Big Ten (in
conference games) with 566 rushing yards.Redd also ranks No. 16 in the nation with 108.62 rushing yards per game.Redd has been outstanding after contact in
2011.As the Nittany Lion offensive line
continues to jell, look for more big things from No. 25.
Lions Ranked No.
19 in BCS
The Nittany Lions are
ranked No. 19 in the BCS this week.With
a BCS average of .3071, Penn State trails No. 18 Michigan by four-hundredths of
a point.The Nittany Lions are ranked
19th in the Harris and USA Today polls.Penn State is ranked 17th in the Computer Rankings.The BCS formula includes an average of six
computer rankings.Of the five teams
ranked from the Big Ten, Penn State has the second highest computer average
behind Michigan State (15th).
Weekly Defense Ranking Update
Penn State's defense
remains among the nation's elite in several statistical categories this
week.The Lions are ranked eighth or
higher in three major NCAA statistical categories this week.The Nittany Lions are ranked eighth in total
defense (281.88 ypg), fifth in scoring defense (13.13 ppg), eighth in pass
efficiency defense (97.47), 14th in pass defense (180.00 ypg) and 19th in
rushing defense (101.88 ypg).
Early Look at Illinois
Illinois will make the
trip to Happy Valley for the second straight season this week.The Illini enter the game with the Nittany
Lions looking to snap a two-game losing skid.Illinois opened the season 6-0 before suffering back-to-back losses to
Ohio State (17-7) and Purdue (21-14).Illinois' offense has played six out of its last eight quarters without
scoring a point.The Illini scored one
touchdown in the fourth frame against Ohio State and two scores in the fourth
quarter in a comeback effort against Purdue.
The Illini scouting
report begins with quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who leads the team in
passing and rushing.He has rushed for
412 yards and five touchdowns.Additionally, Scheelhaase has thrown for 1,624 yards with 11 touchdowns
and five interceptions while completing 65 percent of his passes.A.J. Jenkins is the top target on the
Illinois offense.Jenkins has made 62
receptions for 987 yards with seven touchdowns.Jenkins is a big-play receiver capable of scoring a touchdown on any
snap.Jason Ford (392), Troy Pollard
(388) and Donovan Young (359) will all see time at tailback.
Defensively, end Whitney Mercilus leads the nation in sacks with 10.0.Overall, Illinois ranks No. 10 nationally in
total defense (289.00 ypg) and No. 15 in scoring defense (18.13 ppg).Statistically, Illinois has been very good on
defense in 2011.Penn State leads the all-time
series between the two teams, 14-4.Illinois defeated the Nittany Lions 33-13 at Beaver Stadium in 2010.
Illinois Week Coverage
Stay tuned to
GoPSUsports.com for extensive coverage leading up to Saturday's 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
kickoff in Beaver Stadium.Coach Paterno
will meet the media on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. during his weekly press
conference.Stay tuned for Tuesday video
Q&As, video scouting reports and more.
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By Jeff Sattora, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - This time last season the Penn State Lady Lions were
coming off a 17-14 (8-10) record and a sixth place finish in the Big Ten.
What a difference a year makes.
This year's squad, coming off an eight-win jump and a 25-10 (11-5) record that
included a second place Big Ten finish and second round NCAA tournament berth,
is looking to make noise on a much bigger stage. One of the biggest reasons the team thinks
that can happen is one word, experience.
Last year's team, which had nine of the 11 players at a freshman or sophomore
eligibility level had a strong season despite the inexperience sometimes
playing a factor.
"What's different is we are able to get through things a little faster," head
coach Coquese Washington said on this year's group compared to last year.
"The team is familiar with what we want to do conceptually so were able to
progress a little faster through things, were able to gel as a team, it's
coming along a little faster than maybe it did last year," she added.
Being able to jump right in quicker is something the players noticed as well.
"Experience helps a lot; I think everyone feels a lot more confident," said sophomore
guard Maggie Lucas.
"Everybody is a year older, a year smarter, everybody's attitude has changed,"
said the lone starting senior on the team, guard Zhaque Gray.
One other area that can be seen as a level of improvement is maturity with the
success of last season under their belt.
"I think we've all matured," said junior point guard Alex Bentley, "We all
learned from last season, we all got better from last season, and we've worked
on our weaknesses and tried to make them strengths."
"Everybody got better over the summer, we got better individually and now
it's just a matter of us putting that together and playing and gelling as a team,"
said Coach Washington.
Last year's success has been used to help push this older group to newer
heights, including having every player set the goal of 10,000 made shots over
the summer, which was a success.
For Washington having last year's success has changed some things in how this
year's team is being coached.
"Every year you coach a team a little different because of the
personalities and the new people and how the team responds to challenges," she
"Some things change in terms of the mental approach," Washington added."But we haven't changed in terms of the level
of accountability that we have and our expectations day in and day out for us
playing and practicing at a high level."
Looking at this year's squad the experience it brings back will only be a
plus in terms of that mental approach and the team's goals.
"Coquese (Washington) is expecting a lot from us so we have tuned in to what
she wants," said forward junior Nikki Greene. "We're all just coming together
and staying focused."
"I feel like we're working harder and we're ready to win," said Zhaque Gray.
By Laura Finley, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Offense
proved vital for the No. 9 Penn State women's volleyball team on Saturday night
as it defeated No. 21 Michigan, 3-0.
"It's a nice win," said head coach Russ Rose. "It's always important to try and
limit your errors, but you have to get quality swings. [Deja and Ariel] did a
nice job with what they had to do at the net."
Behind the hitting power of
sophomores Ariel Scott, Deja McClendon and Katie Slay, the Nittany Lions were
able to overcome late set surges by the Wolverines in order to capture another
win at home. The Nittany Lions would finish the night with a .330 hitting
percentage as Scott led the team in kills.
"I think it's all about the
middle [hitters] having a good night," said McClendon. "We have to pass because
our middles are starting to become a bigger threat when they're up."
Passing is what freshman setter
Micha Hancock did throughout the night as she worked to distribute the ball to
her outside and middle hitters. This successfully allowed the offense to spread
its attacks and spoil the Wolverine defense.
McClendon noted that
communication with Hancock has improved as the freshman has settled into her
"It's getting better," said
McClendon. "We're trying to work on communication and not just in practice but
every time we're talking to [Micha]. Every set we're telling her whether that
was good or bad, too low or not fast enough. I think she's doing well."
The two teams stayed within a few points of each other during the first set,
battling back-and-forth for the lead until late. A kill by Scott tied the game
and two additional Michigan errors gave Penn State the lead 24-22. A final
service ace by Ali Longo closed the game 25-22.
In the second set Penn
State jumped to an early lead and never looked back. Michigan rallied to within
a point of the Nittany Lions, 7-8, but a strong Penn State offense held off the
Wolverines as they increased their lead 15-8. A final service ace by McClendon
gave Penn State the win 25-20.
Michigan was not content
trailing Penn State in the previous two sets as the Wolverines immediately
grabbed the lead in the third set. A block by Maddie Martin and Nia Grant gave
Penn State the lead 5-4, but Michigan quickly recovered, jumping back out front
6-5. The Nittany Lions battled throughout the rest of the set, closing in on
Michigan at the last minute. Two kills by Slay and Scott gave Penn State the
"It was good that we were
up 2-0, especially at home," said Ariel Scott. "That's what we needed to do
against a good team. The third game we tried to limit our errors. At the
beginning we gave them a few points, but we were able to come back so that was
As always, head coach Russ
Rose gave credit to the home crowd and band for their constant support even as
his team trailed Michigan at times.
"I thought it was a great crowd for going opposite Penn State football," said coach
Rose. "As always, the band did a terrific job. They are a big part of the
environment for our matches. I'm really appreciative for all the people that
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State sophomore tailback Silas Redd prides
himself on yards after contact.
The Norwalk, Conn., native rarely goes down after the initial hit.Redd put his hard-nosed running on display
Saturday night with another career performance in Penn State's (7-1, 4-0) 34-24
victory at Northwestern (2-5, 0-4).The
sophomore leads the Big Ten in rushing during conference games with 566 yards
(141.5 ypg) in four contests.
Always humble, Redd was quick to say thank you to the Nittany Lion offensive
line for their efforts on Saturday night.But the evening belonged to No. 25.He registered a career-high 164 yards on 18 carries (9.1 ypc), many of
which coming after initially being hit.