No. 4 Penn State vs. Pittsburgh: Rivalry or not, some revenge on the mind

No. 4 Penn State vs. Pittsburgh: Rivalry or not, some revenge on the mind

No. 4 Penn State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Beaver Stadium, State College, Pennsylvania
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Penn State, having jumped from No. 6 to No. 4 in the major polls, hosts Pitt.

Scouting Penn State
The fourth-ranked Nittany Lions opened their season with a 52-0 rout of Akron, as Saquon Barkley rushed 14 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and Trace McSorley threw for two TDs and ran for another. Both scoring passes went to tight end Mike Gesicki, who led both teams with six catches. Juwan Johnson added four receptions for 84 yards in his first career start. DeAndre Thompkins also became the first PSU player since 2008 to return a punt for a touchdown, and the defense limited the Zips to 159 yards. The Lions recorded 14 tackles for loss, three of those by backup defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis, and three sacks. Jarvis Miller and Ryan Buchholz had one each, and Chavis combined with Curtis Cothran for the other.

Scouting Pitt
The Panthers went to overtime to nudge Youngstown State, 28-21, in their opener, on Max Browne’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Jester Weah. Bricen Garner then clinched the game with an end-zone interception. Qadree Ollison rushed 22 times for 91 yards and two TDs, while Browne, a graduate transfer from USC, went 17 for 24 for 140 yards. Wide receiver Quadree Henderson also contributed 155 all-purpose yards, including 77 yards on nine rushes, while linebacker Oluwaseun Idowu and cornerback Dennis Briggs had seven tackles apiece to pace the defense. Safety Jordan Whitehead served the first of a three-game suspension, and the Panthers allowed 311 yards passing.

History
Penn State leads the all-time series, 50-43-4, but the Panthers won last year’s meeting at Heinz Field, 42-39.

Storyline to watch
Two things: Whether the Lions can contain Henderson, who piled up 201 all-purpose yards in last year’s game, and how Pitt defends the pass. The Panthers finished 127th among 128 FBS teams in yards allowed through the air last season (333.2), and saw their struggles continue against Youngstown State.

What’s at stake
Depends who you ask. The Panthers regard this as a rivalry game, while the Lions claim it is not.

Prediction
Rivalry or not, PSU remembers last year.

Penn State 45, Pittsburgh 14

Penn State commit arrested for armed robbery of Wawa

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Penn State commit arrested for armed robbery of Wawa

This post appeared on College Football Talk on Saturday

Or will that be former Penn State recruit?

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Isheem Young was one of three individuals arrested Friday in connection with the armed robbery of a Wawa convenience store in South Philadelphia this past summer. One of the two alleged accomplices is Young’s brother, the manager of the store that was robbed, while the other an unnamed getaway driver.

The Inquirer reports that the 18-year-old Young is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy, firearms violations and related offenses. He is currently being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

It’s alleged that Young and his partners in crime made off with $13,600 in cash from the store’s safe. A police report stated that Young entered the store armed with a black revolver and committed the robbery.

Young committed to play his college football at Penn State in mid-July; two weeks later is when he allegedly committed the crime. He was 17 years old when the incident happened.

A four-star 2018 recruit, he’s rated as the No. 12 safety in the country, the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Pennsylvania and the No. 151 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.

The new early-signing period for college football, incidentally, kicks off in less than three weeks.

Penn State can't get by Khalil Iverson, Wisconsin

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Penn State can't get by Khalil Iverson, Wisconsin

BOX SCORE

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The last 48 hours weren't easy for the Wisconsin Badgers who had all day Sunday plus a long flight into Happy Valley on Monday to stew over their worst home loss in nearly a decade.

Penn State nearly extended that misery, but a potential go-ahead 3-pointer by Tony Carr bounced off the rim with two seconds to play and the Badgers held on for a 64-63 win.

"It's nice to see a bounce back and look like a Wisconsin team should look," Badgers coach Greg Gard said.

Khalil Iverson scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half, Nate Reuvers added 11 points and Ethan Happ grabbed 10 rebounds for the Badgers (4-5, 1-1 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mike Watkins scored a career-high 22 points for the Nittany Lions (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) who battled back from a 17-point deficit with 9:40 to play. Carr added 16 points and Shep Garner made 13 for the Nittany Lions who were trying for their first 2-0 start in conference play since 2007.

Penn State played its third game, and first at home, in six days and struggled to shoot the ball for most of the night. The Nittany Lions made just 9 of 26 field goals in the first half, trailed 31-25 at halftime and were just 3-for-21 over the final 1:50 of the first and the first 10 minutes of the second.

"We dug a little deeper because we looked very sluggish in the first half," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.

The Badgers led 51-36 with 9:40 to play, but Garner drained back-to-back jumpers shortly thereafter to spark a 21-9 run that cut Wisconsin's lead to 60-57 with 1:53 left.

A pair of Garner free throws with less than a minute to play made it a one-point game before the teams traded free throws over the final 43 seconds. D'Mitrik Trice closed it out at the line on 4-of-4 shooting for the Badgers.

"I knew we'd have to be really dialed-in and gritty and persevere," Gard said. "I expected the whole game to be like the last four minutes and fortunately we were able to make enough plays and get enough stops to hang on."

Built Ford tough
Carr got his shot after forward Aleem Ford bounced the game's final free throw off the rim on the other end of the floor. He didn't get another chance thanks in part to Ford's hustle to get back on defense.

When Carr's shot rang off the rim, it took a bounce toward a Penn State player in the corner. Ford grabbed hold of the ball to force a jump ball and prevent the Nittany Lions from getting any kind of chance.

Ford's late recovery came in the absence of usual post presences Happ and Davison, who both had fouled out.

"He really hustled for that loose ball," Gard said. "There were a lot of winning plays, so to speak that were made. "We need to make better decisions down the stretch so that it doesn't get to that point."

Trusting Carr
Chambers had no issue with Carr, who was just 5-for-22 from the field, pulling up for the final 3-pointer even though Penn State's crafty point guard might've had room toward the hoop.

The clock was ticking and Chambers trusts his leading scorer who entered the game with 20.6 points per game, 39 assists and 19-for-32 from 3-point range.

"Whatever Tony thought," Chambers said. "I'm not in his vision. I'm on the sideline. I don't know what he saw but he's a heck of a player and he makes really good decisions. So I'm going to trust that decision."

Tough stats to swallow
Wisconsin's bench chipped in 25 points to Penn State's one.

Meanwhile, of Penn State's 29 misses, 11 were layups that didn't fall.

The big picture
Wisconsin: The Badgers are the only team to have played four ranked opponents so far and were tied or within a basket with two minutes left in three of those games. They looked better than their record inside the Bryce Jordan Center, matching Penn State's physical play throughout and frustrating Penn State's shooters all night.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions continue to play solid defense, but those stingy efforts will be for nothing if Penn State's shooters continue to miss like they did early and midway through against the Badgers. Penn State finished 26 for 50 from the floor.

Up next
Wisconsin concludes a three-day trip through the Keystone State at Temple (4-2) on Wednesday.

Penn State hosts George Washington (4-4) on Saturday.