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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer hosted Canada Night as its promotion Tuesday, and it was only fitting that Canadian Dayonn Harris would net the game-winning goal to elevate Penn State past Pittsburgh, 1-0.

Harris, an Ontario, Canada native, scored the match's only goal in the 40th minute when freshman Frankie de la Camara found him with a through ball as he got behind the backline in order to break free. Harris opted to chip the ball over Pittsburgh's aggressively charging goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt from outside the box. He utilized his speed to chase after his lofted shot all the way to the goal line where he easily kicked the ball into the open net for his third goal of the season.

"Frankie coming in was pretty big for us," said Harris. He assisted that goal obviously. I saw the goalie coming out so I just chipped it up to myself and the goal was wide open for me. This one goes out for Canada."

The other Canadians celebrated on the night were Aymar Sigue and Mitchel Bringolf. Each contributed to the win. Forward Sigue had scoring chances and defender Bringolf helped limit Pitt to only one shot on goalkeeper Evan Finney.


When Penn State last took the field, the Nittany Lions matched shots with Indiana, a team known to get a lot of shots off. The Nittany Lions picked up right where they left off with another wealthy display of shots.

Before and after Harris's goal, Penn State (5-6-1) kept constant pressure in their offensive end. The Nittany Lions continued to get scoring chances all game but just couldn't fully capitalize on them. Penn State took 22 shots and put 13 of them on net. Outcalt made 12 saves, many of them near goals, in order to keep Pittsburgh (2-9-2) within reach.

Senior team captain Connor Maloney took a team-high eight shots with five of them on goal. Maloney weaved and dodged around the defense but couldn't find the back of the net. On a penalty kick awarded to Penn State after a Pittsburgh red card from Stephane Pierre, Maloney blasted it to the upper-right corner but Outcalt was there to make a leaping save.

"He made a great save on my PK, kudos to him for that," said Maloney. "The goalie today was outstanding with a lot of good saves but we have to finish those."


It was one of those matches in soccer when a team keeps offensive momentum all game but just can't get more by the goalkeeper. Head coach Bob Warming applauded the team's resiliency and aggressive nature of play after two tough Big Ten road matches.

"I thought they were really sharp tonight," said Warming. "Fantastic performance. Our guys passed the ball really well tonight. Our aggressiveness was in getting behind them time after time after time."


"The common score line in college soccer is 1-0 so that's what we did today and the win so we'll carry that over to Michigan State," said Maloney.


The Nittany Lions are back in action against Michigan State at Jeffrey Field Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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Big Ten Coaches Teleconference - James Franklin

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Football head coach James Franklin took time to answer questions from media members Tuesday afternoon on the Big Ten Head Coaches Teleconference. Franklin previewed what the practice schedule would look like for this week's bye week and answered a few other questions from media members. 

Check out updates from the Q&A session below. 

With the bye week this week and your next opponent Ohio State, how much time will you spend watching that game and preparing for them? Or is more of the focus on trying to get your team better?

"It's a little bit of both. We have to get healthy, we've lost seven linebackers this year so we have to get healthy. Hopefully we're able to get some guys back but it's a little bit of both.  We're going to spend time on Ohio State as well, breaking those guys down and getting comfortable with those guys and getting some stuff in practice to get a head start. It's probably equal parts both."

Have you been able to give any thought to how you're going to line up at tackle against Ohio State with Andrew Nelson out?
"We're going to work through that this week. We have some different combinations there. Obviously we have [Brendan] Mahon, we have Paris [Palmer] and we have Will Fries. So those are the three guys that we're kind of looking at to see how we're going to fill that gameday responsibility. We're really kind of on the entry level. Paris actually went in and played pretty well. Chaz [Wright] is a guy who's starting to show some things that we're excited about and then Will Fries is a guy who we are excited about his future."

Have you been able to step back and wrap your mind around what your kicker [Tyler Davis] has done to date, considering how new he is to kicking in a football game?
"He has done a great job. We've been very pleased with him. He did the same thing last year. He didn't miss a field goal or a PAT last year and we talked about that last year, that coming into the season, he probably didn't get enough of the credit that he deserved internally or externally. So I've been very pleased with him I think we've done a very good job of putting him in position to be successful. I think he has really showed his value. He has really showed he is one of the better kickers in the conference, if not in the country and I've been very, very pleased with him.

What has Joe Moorhead brought to your offense and what has he meant to you there?
"I think the biggest thing to be honest with you is leadership. I think the fact that he has been a head coach, he really understands the motivational aspect of it. We talked about this at the beginning of the year, with the personnel that we have, one of the reasons I hired him was that I thought he really fit our personnel well. We still have a developing offensive line that has dramatically improved compared to our first two years from a numbers perspective and from a development perspective. The mobility that we have at the quarterback position with two quarterbacks in Trace [McSorley] and Tommy [Stevens]. I feel like we have depth and talent at wide receiver and at running back. Mike Gesicki is coming on at tight end. It's just a combination of what he did that I thought fit our personnel well and I think the biggest thing is leadership on that side of the ball and having fun and running with it."

How is he showing you that leadership?
"It's being on that side of the ball. Brent Pry being the head coach of the defense and Joe being the head coach of the offense - how he runs leading and how he installs plays. His energy, his enthusiasm that he has at practice every day, like Brent has been doing on the defensive side of the ball. Like what Coach Huff is doing with the special teams. His energy, enthusiasm and his leadership style. Just taking advantage of the personnel that we have and putting them in position to be successful."

I know that getting players back and healthy is a priority but how do you go about getting your guys extra rest this week?
"It's not really like something that's just this week. A number of these players have been out for a number of weeks now so the longer they are out, the more likely they are to come back at some point. Our practices are going to be a little bit different, we are going to do a lot less pounding on them this week and we're going get the young guys a little more involved this week as well. It's a little bit different, you don't have to go out there this week and feel like you don't have enough hours in the day or minutes at practice to get them ready for the game on Saturday.  It's a sprint, when you have a game on Saturday, you are sprinting as players and coaches to get everything in to make sure they are ready for the game on Saturday. Physically and mentality ready and peaking at the right time. When it's a bye week, you have the time to focus on our fundamentals and technique. We're going to get the young guys involved a little bit more in practice than they typically have been. Like you mentioned, they have a week of treatment so hopefully that will put you in position to get back for a normal game week."


By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Prior to their arrival on Penn State's campus, a trio from the women's lacrosse team were already great ambassadors for their school and their sport. Freshmen Maria Auth, Madison Cunningham, and Katie Schluederberg traveled to Jamaica in July as a part of Fields of Growth, a volunteer program that connects athletes and local kids together.

The mission trip was a week trip in Kingston, Jamaica. They heard about the opportunity to share their love for lacrosse from fellow teammate, freshman Yasmain Hamood, who had participated in mission trips with the same program before.

There were 20 other volunteers on the girls' trip, mostly fellow lacrosse players and coaches.

"We ran free clinics almost every day we were there," Schluederberg said. 

Auth added that in the mornings during the week they worked with high school students, but also traveled to visit the elderly and brought care packages to Dupont Primary School. The girls also visited Maxfield Park Children's Home and hung out with the kids.

The girls brought bags of clothing, lacrosse equipment, and toys to give away during their stay. Auth said she gave away all her extra lacrosse sticks so that the kids could keep playing after the volunteers left. 

"The last day when we gave out all our donations, you give stuff to girls who have been doing well in the camp or the girls who you think might need them," Cunningham said. "And there was this little girl who I noticed her shoes were bothering her."

Cunningham saw that the girl's toes were popping out of the top of her shoes, so later that night she set out to find a replacement pair.

"We spent all night looking for a pair of shoes for her," Cunningham said. "So that was really cool when I gave her the shoes and she was so happy." 

All three talked about how although the trip's primary focus was on lacrosse and sports, they were mostly impacted by the relationships they built with the local children. 

"It's pretty awesome that we were able to make that connection after just a week," Auth said, who added she keeps in contact with the girls she met through Instagram.

The three Nittany Lions were also grateful for the opportunity the trip provided for them to get to know one another before starting their first year at Penn State. All three credit the trip for creating their unique bond.

Currently, all three have settled in to their first semester of college, and have started to get into the swing of things during fall workouts. The Nittany Lions have competed in several fall tournaments so far, and the freshmen have absorbed a lot from these games.

"It's a good change of pace from scrimmaging each other every day," Auth said. "It's going to be cool to see where we're at right now and then in a couple months in February when we have our first game, how much we've improved over that time." 

The Nittany Lions conclude their fall schedule this weekend, hosting contests against Syracuse, Temple, and Cornell this Saturday, Oct. 15.




By Jack Dougherty, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - International recruiting has become more and more imperative to success in college soccer in recent years.

There are capable players littered all across the country, but legitimate cornerstone players can be found outside of the United States of America.

Take Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez for example. The Costa Rica native was recruited five years ago to Penn State and led the Nittany Lions to their first ever national championship win by scoring the only goal in the title match.

Head coach Erica Dambach gives most of the credit to recruiting coordinator and assistant coach Tim Wassell, who actively seeks out potential international stars every offseason who could make an impact.

"He's done a nice job of getting us into the international market," said Dambach. "International student-athletes have always been a big part of this program.  We feel it is important to expose our players to the highest level in the world and that includes providing them the opportunity to compete against international competition on a daily basis."

This year Penn State brought in two freshmen from overseas, Grace Fisk from Bromley, London, England, and Laura Freigang from Oppenheim, Germany, with hopes they can do just what Rodriguez was able to accomplish.

Alina Ortega Jurado, a sophomore from Waldgirmes, Germany, rounds out the group. The three international players is the most on a Penn State squad since the 2012 season. 

Fisk and Ortega Jurado are intriguing players this season because of the big shoes they are currently filling.

Ellie Jean (right back) and Kaleigh Riehl (center back) are taking a year away from the team to compete with the U-20 women's national team. Jean and Riehl were both voted to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in their first seasons. Both were part of a back line that posted 15 shutouts a year ago.

Enter Fisk and Ortega Jurado. Fisk is taking Riehl's place in the center of the defense, and Ortega Jurado completely switched positions to fill the void at right back.

Fisk didn't arrive on the Penn State campus until August 1, just 10 days before the Nittany Lions would suit up in their first scrimmage of the preseason. 

Nine days after her first tune-up, Fisk was thrust into the starting lineup on opening day in front of more than 5,000 fans against No. 6 West Virginia. Fisk played all 110 minutes and has only missed one start all season since then. 

She was given barely any time to adjust to the American lifestyle she knew nothing about beforehand, but she has responded tremendously. The center back has logged 1170 minutes in 13 games, which is the fourth highest total on the team.

"I've been here for two months but I feel like I've been here so much longer," Fisk said. "I feel like I fit in fine and the girls have been so welcoming. It's just been great."

Before deciding to travel 3,260 miles to State College to play college soccer in America, Fisk really had no idea what she wanted to do after high school. No options in England seemed to interest her, and the thought of playing overseas seemed daunting until Wassell contacted her. 

Wassell watched Fisk play and immediately saw a star in the making. After talking to Wassell and conducting some research on Penn State, it didn't take long for Fisk to make her decision. 

"Everything kind of fell into place," said Fisk. "I looked Penn State up and it just looked amazing." 

Before coming to the states, Fisk played in more than 25 matches with the England women's national team at four different age levels. She was also named Young Player of the Year last year for her club team, the Millwall Lionesses FC. 

Fisk says the biggest adjustment she had to make was the uptick in strength and conditioning drills and the sheer amount of soccer being played every day.

"She's never played this much soccer in her life," said head coach Erica Dambach. "She has blisters all over her feet, and I think that goes to show she's just not used to playing this much soccer.  With that being said, she has quietly put together a tremendous freshman season."

Fisk's father, Alan, watches every game from home and provides a detailed match report after each contest outlining the good and bad of Fisk's performance. She hopes her family can make a trip next year to see her play live. 

As for Ortega Jurado, her journey to the starting lineup is much different.

She played in 20 games in her freshman season last year and was chosen to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team along with Jean and Riehl. She played both forward and midfield in 2015, but this year Ortega Jurado has started every game at right back and logged 1293 minutes.

Fisk described Ortega Jurado as a wizard on defense. Not a bad compliment for someone who has only played the position for only a few months.

"As she was learning to play in the back this past spring she had her frustrating moments but through video, hard work and repetition she started to pick up some of the nuances of the position," said Dambach. "Then she came into the preseason and all of the sudden had a tipping point and, as far as I'm concerned, is one of the best right backs in the country right now. She's been fantastic."

Ortega Jurado played for the German national team at three different age levels. She competed in the U-17 and U-19 European Championships while with the national team. 

Freigang traveled the longest distance to play soccer at Penn State (3,997 miles). She has started two matches and come off the bench in nine.

Unlike Fisk and Ortega Jurado, Freigang plays up top and looks to score goals as a substitute. In her first career game Freigang scored in a 1-1 draw against West Virginia to ensure a point for the Nittany Lions. 

"I couldn't have wished for a better start, except for maybe winning the game," said Freigang. "It was great. It was a great feeling and the crowd was amazing. It was one of the best nights ever."

She has logged 600 minutes on the pitch and serves as a strong-footed compliment to the speedy forwards Penn State boasts up top.

Freigang started to build interest in Penn State after skyping with Dambach and Wassell a few times. Once she visited the campus back in March, she knew it was where she wanted to be.

Freigang played for five different age levels on the German women's national team. She competed in the U-16 Nordic Cup Championships in which she scored a goal, the U-17 World Cup, and the U-19 European Championships.

All three players have at least three years of national team experience, which has prepared them to step in and contribute right away for the Nittany Lions. 

"They're a riot. They're so much fun to have around and I think the team's really enjoying them and vice-versa," Dambach said. "They provide a little bit of a different flair. They see the game in a different way. They talk about the game in a different way, and I think it brings so much to the experience of all of our student athletes. They've been an absolute pleasure to have within this squad."


By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Advancements in sports sciences is a growing discussion among athletic teams, collegiately and professionally. Whether it be focused health, performance-related, or even both, progress is being made. This season, the Penn State men's soccer program took a step in the right direction as it started monitoring its athletes in more detail.


If you go to a game at Jeffrey Field, you may notice each Penn State men's soccer player wears an elastic band under their jersey. You also may see an individual on the Penn State sideline who's concentrated on an iPad.


These are steps in the process of implementing a new heart rate monitoring system with other innovative features. It's the first time they have experimented with this technology, and so far it's been successful. The men's soccer team looks to start a trend for athletics on campus and collegiate soccer as a whole.   


"Every single session, anytime we train in any form, our guys are putting on a heart rate monitor that in real-time, we can look on an iPad and see exactly where their heart rate is," said head coach Bob Warming.


Not only does the technology determine heart rate and how much time a player is in the target heart rate ("the red zone"). It also shows how many sprints and accelerations a player does through the course of training or a game. For example, speedy forward Dayonn Harris discovered he wasn't running enough sprints for his position according to the technology, so he's made an adjustment to his game. After training sessions, Warming said Harris constantly asks if he's been doing enough sprints


"It's been wonderful for our players," said Warming. "It's been wonderful for our staff to really get a look and monitor our players to keep them healthy, to see who needs to sprint a little more and to see who needs a break."


Another element of the new technology includes the element of detecting how long recovery time needs to be for certain players according to the amount of work that's put in during physical activity. Everyone isn't the same type of athlete so these types of technologies help reinforce recovery decisions.


"One size doesn't fit all in training," said Warming. "One size doesn't fit all in terms of recovery."


Senior midfielder Mason Klerks runs some of the most mileage on the team during games at about 10 miles. Klerks can check how much he's ran during the game and see where he's ran according to a heat map generated from the technology.


"It's really cool to be presented that information," said Klerks.


You might wonder how all of this came to fruition. Warming, a very connected coach in the soccer community, heard from a former athletic trainer about this new form of technology. Warming became excited about its potential and then formed a partnership with Penn State kinesiology researcher Andrzej Przybyla. Przybyla has worked in kinesiology for almost a decade with a specialization in human movements while earning a Ph.D. in spine biomechanics.


Andrzej, commonly referred to as "Dre" by team personnel, leads the team's research efforts by collecting and analyzing each athlete's specific data. "Dre" then relays his findings to Warming in a more simplistic, understandable form


"I spend a lot of time analyzing the data and trying to figure out how I can help coaches and provide them information they need," said Przybyla.


"He's a genius for what he's doing," said Warming. "He's able to compartmentalize 10,000 columns worth of data into something I can read very quickly at a glance. I think he's setting a new standard for what can happen around the country with his technology."


"Dre", a former soccer player and current youth coach within State College himself, and Warming know with time they'll be able to learn more about the players through the technology. Although the technology has been beneficial so far this year, Warming and "Dre" are especially excited at establishing the database for underclassmen players over the course of the next few years. With more data input, predictions and growth can be measured more accurately which will lead to advances in athlete potential, performance and health.

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Men's Ice Hockey Weekly Check-In

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky took time to meet with Brian Tripp to preview the Nittany Lions' first roadtrip of the season, as they prepare to take on Mercyhurst Friday at Erie Insurance Arena. Nittany Lions Kevin Kerr and Dylan Richard also took time to talk about week one in review as well as the upcoming Friday matchup in Erie. 

Check out the updates from each session below. 

Guy Gadowsky

Kerr and Richard

Monday Notebook: Bye Week Arrives For Nittany Lions

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By Arielle Sargent,

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Football enters its 2016 bye week at 4-2 on the year, after taking down Maryland in front of a Homecoming crowd Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

The bye week comes at a good time for the Nittany Lions, who have battled injuries across the board throughout the first six weeks of the season. 

"We need this time off," head coach James Franklin said. "Some of our injuries, they're not going to heal in a week, but some will."

The Nittany Lions will have plenty of time to heal during the bye week, that comes on the strength of a dominant 38-14 win against the Terrapins. Penn State put up more than 30 points for the fourth time this season and the first time since 2013. The Nittany Lions are averaging 30.5 points per game, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten standings, helped out by a standout showing from quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley last week.

McSorley, who went 10-for-19 against the Terps, threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He's currently ranked second in the league standings with 1,436 passing yards. Barkley, who rushed for 202 yards and one touchdown, enters the off week atop the Big Ten standings with 582 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns on the year. He also earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, marking the first time the Nittany Lions have earned the honor since Bill Belton in 2013.

A few more bright spots from the Maryland win ... 

Allen and Sanders Boost Run Game Success
While it's obvious Penn State's run game success against Maryland wasn't a solo effort, Nittany Lion running backs sophomore Mark Allen and true freshman Miles Sanders each found success in the rotation.  Allen logged his most productive performance of the season, totaling a season-high seven carries for 31 yards. Having entered the game in the second quarter, three of his attempts set up a new set of downs for the Nittany Lions, including a career-long 17 yard carry in the final drive of the game.

Sanders has continued to show growth for the Nittany Lions as a kick returner, tying a career-high mark with three returns against the Terps. He totaled 50 yards on the three returns, including one for 23 yards in the second quarter. Sanders closed out the day with a 25-yard carry on his first and only rushing attempt of the game in the fourth quarter, scoring his first career touchdown.

Running back Saquon Barkley had all positive things to say following Sanders' first-career touchdown.

"I'm so happy that he was able to get in the end zone," Barkley said. "When I saw him score I gave him a big hug I was so proud of him. He's been going through a little adversity this year, but he stepped up big and got in the end zone today."

Check out Sanders' thoughts on the touchdown and his progress this season below.

Smith Picks Off Hills

Ever since junior linebacker Brandon Smith moved into the linebacker rotation, he has made an impact. In his debut against Temple, he logged eight tackles and helped limit the Owls to just 38 rushing yards. Smith blew past his career high against Maryland, leading the team with 14 tackles, combining with linebacker Koa Farmer for a tackle for loss in the third quarter. Maryland also entered Saturday's matchup averaging 300 rushing yards per game, as Smith helped the Nittany Lions once again, holding the Terps to 170 yards on the ground, including 84 in the first half. 

Smith also highlighted his career day with his first career interception, picking off Maryland quarterback Perry Hills on the Terrapins 45-yard line on fourth and-1. He earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors, marking the second straight week the Nittany Lions have earned the award. Smith's weekly honor also marks the first time Penn State has claimed back-to-back Defensive Player of the Week nods since earning three consecutive in 2012.

Smith talks about his first career interception and how he has grown in his new leadership role.

Farmer's Career Day
Two weeks ago Franklin announced that sophomore Koa Farmer would make the move from safety to linebacker for the Nittany Lions due to the injuries among the linebacker unit. Settling in to his new role at linebacker, Farmer sacked Maryland quarterback Perry Hills for a loss of five yards, while also forcing his first career fumble, which was quickly recovered by Torrence Brown.  On the day, Farmer finished with five tackles in addition to the sack and forced fumble and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Penn State TFL Totals
In total, Penn State matched a season high with 10.0 tackles for loss against Maryland, the most since the Nittany Lions had 10.0 against Kent State in the season opener. The Nittany Lions also added four sacks, which stands as the second-highest total since registering seven against Kent State in week one. With at least 9.0 tackles for loss in all but one game this season, Penn State's averaging 8.7 tackles for loss on the year, which ranks second in the conference and ninth nationally in the FBS standings. 

Barkley, McSorley Highlight Homecoming Victory

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By Arielle Sargent,

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Saturday at Beaver Stadium, more than 100,000 fans got to see a glimpse of something they've not yet seen in full force from the Nittany Lions this year.  

Week over week, we've seen a deep group of wide receivers along with tight end Mike Gesicki dazzle with long yardage pass plays worthy of the highlight reel.

That hasn't been enough for Penn State head coach James Franklin though, who has opened nearly all of his Tuesday press conferences this year stressing that the Nittany Lions need open games faster and figure out a way to establish the run game.

The pieces to that puzzle finally started to fall together for the Nittany Lions, as they finished off a 38-14 win against Maryland with 524 yards of total offense, the highest total in a game under Franklin. 

Among the impressive total, Penn State posted 372 yards on the ground against the Terrapins, which stands as the fourth-most rushing yards in a game in the last 20 years for the Nittany Lions and the third-highest total in a conference matchup in program history.

It all started on the very first drive though, as quarterback Trace McSorley connected with wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton for 21 yards, igniting an early spark for the Nittany Lions.

Two plays later it was McSorley, who faked to Barkley before taking off for a 17-yard carry. It was Barkley next, who patiently located a gap in the Maryland defense before rushing 20 yards to put the Nittany Lions in scoring position at the Maryland 6-yard line. On second and goal, McSorley found Gesicki for a 5-yard touchdown pass that gave the Nittany Lions their first touchdown on an opening drive since 2014 (at Illinois).

"Our offense starting fast was definitely something that was emphasized all week and pretty much all season," Gesicki said. "For us to come out on that first drive and get the touchdown, it's big for our offense and big for our team. That propelled us in the right direction."

The right direction is certainly where the Nittany Lions were headed as McSorley's deceptive mobility and Barkley's dynamic cuts and runs kept the Terrapin defense guessing for the rest of the afternoon.

Among six total plays of at least 20 yards in the first half (passing or rushing), Barkley had the 20-yard haul in the first quarter before closing out the final minute of the opening half with a pair of carries that totaled 70 yards, including a 45-yard rushing touchdown with 15 seconds to play. McSorley also had one carry for 25 yards in the second quarter.

McSorley, who also entered the matchup atop the Big Ten standings in passing yards, finished with a career-high 81 rushing yards on 18 attempts, marking the most for a Nittany Lion quarterback since Daryll Clark had 83 against Illinois in 2009.

"Moving forward, I thought it was a major factor in the game, that's a good defense and that's a good team," Franklin said postgame speaking to the increased mobility from McSorley, not only against the Terps but across the last two weeks.

"I think it really helped us. I do think it helped Saquon and I do think it continues to help our offensive line out in protection with some of the play action things that we're doing as well." 

Barkley closed out the day with his first 200-yard rushing game and seventh career 100-yard effort with 202 yards on the ground. Accounting for well over half of Penn State's total rushing yards, he logged the most yards since Larry Johnson put up 279 yards against Michigan State in 2002.  

When all was said and done at the end of the game, Barkley and McSorley preferred to give credit elsewhere, as the two assessed their performances largely as supporting roles in the run game success.

While Franklin was quick to give credit to both Barkley and McSorley, the key to the win was also as simple as what he has been preaching to the team all week - what's happening up front.

Just the 15th different Nittany Lion in program history to record a 200-yard rushing performance, Barkley walked in to the media room postgame noting that he didn't do anything spectacular or make any crazy plays. Rather, it was the Nittany Lions' front five that put on the unbelievable show.

"Two hundred yards today, if that is my season high that's all credit to the o-line," Barkley said. "They played with passion, they played tough and physical."

Answering his final question before exiting the media room at on the year 4-2 heading into a bye week, Franklin summed it all up.

"We're sustaining blocks and getting hat on hat," Franklin said. "When you're able to do that, you're going to have a successful offense no matter how you run it."

"Everyone thinks this offense is like a magic wand. If you're good up front, you have the chance to be successful and that's the difference - we're getting better on the offensive line."

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley talks offense and the Maryland win postgame.

Early Games Provide Learning Opportunity

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By Maria Canales, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After a stellar victory Thursday night, the Penn State men's hockey team (1-1) was unable to maintain its momentum and lost to No. 16 St. Lawrence 6-3 Friday night.

Down three goals early in the first period, Penn State had to constantly be on the attack.

"Obviously we're a young team and being a sophomore I try to come in an lead the way in the locker room and make sure we come out every night and play tough," sophomore forward Andrew Sturtz said. "I feel like for the first five to 10 minutes there, we just did not do that. It was tough to come back, we did pour it on for a little bit which was nice to see but obviously we need to better, especially off the start."

Despite the loss, there are several positives head coach Guy Gadowsky pointed out about his team.

A strong performance from the line made up of sophomores Alec Marsh, Chase Berger and Sturtz anchored Friday night's action.

The veteran line is comprised of three skaters known for making plays, which Sturtz credits to their synergy. Sturtz noted that since the three of them all play a similar style, that's what makes them effective on the ice.

"I love playing with those guys," Sturtz said. "They both play the style I play, they want to get pucks deep and we want to work the other team's [defense]."

Sturtz had a goal Friday night, while he and Berger each had an assist. Sturtz's assist was on sophomore Vince Pedrie's lone goal of the night in the second period.

Another high point for the Nittany Lions was the performance of junior defenseman Erik Autio. 

"I actually thought there were some real positives in the power play to be honest with you," Gadowsky said. "We did get a couple and then Erik Autio he made a couple tremendous saves."

Gadowsky was pleased with Autio's ability to make a vital save through traffic in front of the net during the game, but noted that three shots on five power plays is not the dynamic fans have come to know Penn State for.

The silver lining was however, that on the shots the Nittany Lions did get, they were smart plays.

"We had chances, we had shots, we had second opportunities, and that's what we like to see," Gadowsky said.

Despite splitting the series, the Nittany Lions are ready to learn from this weekend and move forward. Early season games, although important, provide the opportunity to lay the groundwork for following contests. 

A single-game showdown next weekend at Mercyhurst provides the Lions an opportunity to get their first road win of the season.

Homecoming Crowd Fuels Sweep Over Rutgers

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By Anita Nham, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - An electrifying crowd of 5,312 fans packed Rec Hall to watch No. 15 Penn State women's volleyball sweep Rutgers in three-straight sets (25-13, 25-16, 25-10) on Saturday evening of homecoming weekend. 

"I thought the story of the night was the great crowd," head coach Russ Rose said. "It was terrific. I know the players appreciate getting a crowd like that in there...We're certainly never going to be disappointed when we have a full gym like that."

The Nittany Lions and the Scarlet Knights were exchanging points back-and-forth early in the first set, but redshirt freshman Tori Gorrell hammered the ball over the net for a kill that sparked Penn State's offense. The Blue and White continued their offensive streak to create a six-point stretch that eventually led them to win the opening frame, 25-13. Gorrell finished the first set leading the team with five kills.

Gorrell ended the night with a team-high 11 kills on .714 hitting, leading the offense for the first time in her collegiate career. She also recorded three blocks. Junior Simone Lee notched 11 kills, as well, while also adding six digs and three blocks.

Junior Haleigh Washington rounded out the effort recording 10 kills, hitting a team-best .750, where she put away kills on six of her seven swings through the first two sets. Washington also had two digs and a match-high of five blocks. 

"Haleigh is always a really good attacker. She's got a great vision," coach Rose said.

Rutgers opened the scoring in the second set and Penn State tried to catch up early on, but the Nittany Lions were still down by two points. However, after a quick regroup on the court, Penn State went on a 7-1 run to get the lead and a two-set advantage in the match.

"You can feel everyone [in the crowd] with us, too, for every single point," senior Carley Muller said. "People are invested in the game - they're ready for us to win. [When we were trailing], I think we wanted to come back and win it for the crowd. Obviously, we could feel that everyone wanted us to win, and we could tell that everyone was investing in what we were doing. We just wanted to get them the win."

With the win over Rutgers, Penn State has now won its last 12 straight victories, improving to 6-0 in Big Ten conference play. The Nittany Lions aren't going to let that record interrupt their focus.

"We just have to keep playing at a high level, so we just need to take it one game at a time, and just stay at a high level," redshirt sophomore Nia Reed said.

Penn State will hit the road next week to continue its Big Ten conference play. The Blue and White will take on Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Friday, Oct. 14 and Indiana on Sat, Oct. 15 in Bloomington, Ind.


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