Latest Penn State Nittany Lions football News

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Separation at top around country

Nov. 18, 2019 3:26 AM EST

Separation at the top and a few random scheduling quirks has allowed the AP college football poll voters to work a little easier this season than last. No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson held their spots in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank this week. The only movement in the top five was Georgia...

Clifford sends No. 9 Penn State past No. 24 Indiana 34-27

Nov. 16, 2019 5:05 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s best offense on Saturday wasn’t explosive or flashy. It was grinding and relentless and it helped keep the No. 9 Nittany Lions' playoff hopes alive. Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 9 CFP) got three touchdowns from quarterback Sean Clifford who...

No. 9 Penn State looking to bounce back vs No. 24 Indiana

Nov. 15, 2019 1:00 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State still has a path to the College Football Playoff, although the No. 9 Nittany Lions can’t afford another slipup. Especially against a team they’ve historically beaten. However, this Indiana team is different, and the No. 24 Hoosiers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) are...

No. 9 Penn State hosts 24th-ranked Indiana

Nov. 14, 2019 3:31 PM EST

No. 24 Indiana (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) at No. 9 Penn State (8-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), Saturday at 12 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Penn State by 14 1/2. Series record: Penn State leads 21-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The Nittany Lions are coming off their first loss but are still very much in the race for a playoff spot. The Hoosiers...

No. 7 Minnesota continues playoff push at No. 23 Iowa

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

No. 7 Minnesota (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) at No. 23 Iowa (6-3, 3-3), Saturday at 4:05 p.m. EDT (FOX). Line: Iowa by 3. Series record: Minnesota leads 62-48-2. WHAT'S AT STAKE? For once, more than a pig. Minnesota has much bigger things to play for than the “Floyd of Rosedale” hog trophy, as it seeks to win...

No. 7 Minnesota making major strides in Ciarrocca’s offense

Nov. 13, 2019 7:56 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With no game on the schedule the week before Minnesota played Penn State, most of the Gophers coaches hit the road for recruiting. Kirk Ciarrocca hung back and crafted the game plan to beat a Nittany Lions defense that entered with the second-fewest points allowed in the FBS....

No. 23 Iowa seeking to play spoiler vs. No. 7 Minnesota

Nov. 12, 2019 5:06 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After a bitter loss to Wisconsin, No. 23 Iowa has been reduced to playing spoiler in the Big Ten race. The Hawkeyes have often excelled in that role in recent years. Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) has thwarted the national title hopes of four different teams with late-season wins at Kinnick...

No. 7 Minnesota seeks new era for long-languishing program

Nov. 10, 2019 2:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 12-point lead Minnesota held with less than four minutes left was down to a five-point cushion, when Penn State forced a three-and-out and regained possession with plenty of time to finish the rally. Three consecutive completions later, the Nittany Lions were suddenly at the 11-yard...

AP Top 25: LSU landslide No. 1; Minnesota jumps into top 10

Nov. 10, 2019 2:09 PM EST

LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup, and Minnesota moved into the top 10 for the first time in 57 years. After two weeks of historically close voting at the top of poll, LSU received 54 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by...

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...