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No. 13 Minnesota stays unbeaten vs No. 5 Penn State, 31-26

Nov. 9, 2019 6:23 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The progress made by Minnesota in coach P.J. Fleck's third season had been met by natural skepticism outside the long-languishing program, with even the most ardent fans in full prove-it mode for this game of unbeaten teams against Penn State. From start to finish, the Gophers matched...

They're unbeaten too: No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota

Nov. 8, 2019 3:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The college football spotlight this weekend has been aimed at Alabama, where LSU's visit will mark the first regular-season meeting of the top two teams in the Associated Press poll since those same teams played eight years ago. There is quite the undercard on the schedule, too, another...

No. 6 Penn State handles Michigan State 28-7

Oct. 26, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Pat Freiermuth scored the game's first two touchdowns. Turned out that was all No. 6 Penn State really needed against Michigan State's anemic offense. Freiermuth and the Nittany Lions would add more points later, and unbeaten Penn State beat the Spartans 28-7 on Saturday. Sean...

Michigan State hopes to knock off Penn State yet again

Oct. 25, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Regardless of how the season has gone so far, Michigan State is not a team to be taken lightly. No. 6 Penn State should know that as well as anyone. The Nittany Lions lost to the Spartans each of the past two seasons, falling on a last-second field goal in 2017 and a last-minute...

Clifford's 4 TDs lead No. 7 Penn State over No. 16 Michigan

Oct. 20, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — After a deep ball bounced off his hands, KJ Hamler pulled Sean Clifford aside and told his quarterback he owed him one. It didn't take long for Hamler to make it up to him. The speedy wideout burned the Michigan secondary two quarters later and hauled in a perfectly thrown...

Big Ten clash as No. 16 Michigan visits No. 7 Penn State

Oct. 18, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford looks forward to watching himself on tape more and more each week. It is one of the perks of being Penn State's starting quarterback. It is also part of the burden. "I think each week you've got to find something to critique yourself about," Clifford said. Clifford...

No. 10 Penn State holds off No. 17 Iowa 17-12

Oct. 13, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — On the road against one of the best defenses in America, 10th-ranked Penn State won the turnover battle and converted on third downs to survive yet another tough trip to Iowa. Noah Cain ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:17 left and Penn State held off the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes 17-12...

Penn State players asked to remove message-based T-shirts

Oct. 12, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Penn State players were asked by team staff to remove T-shirts reading "Chains, Tattoos, Dreads, & WE ARE" before their game Saturday at No. 17 Iowa. The handful of Nittany Lions who displayed the shirts in pregame warmups was responding to a letter that safety Jonathan...

No. 10 Penn State kicks off tough stretch at No. 17 Iowa

Oct. 11, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Penn State has beaten its first five opponents by nearly 40 points per game. The Nittany Lions' next three games may not be quite so easy. No. 10 Penn State's playoff hopes will likely hinge on how it performs during a brutal stretch that begins Saturday at 17th-ranked Iowa. The...

Penn State coach addresses fan criticism of player's hair

Oct. 8, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

After a Penn State player received a letter from a fan criticizing his "awful" dreadlocks, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin opened his weekly news conference by talking about how football teams bring people together. The letter was sent to Penn State safety Jonathan Sutherland and it gained attention after his...