August 10, 1986 |
In its 99-year football history, Penn State has won a national championship, had four undefeated, untied seasons and made 23 bowl appearances. Things that can't be measured by traditional standards are what counts to Coach Joe Paterno, however, as the Nittany Lions celebrate their "Century of Excellence" this year. "This business about 'winning is the only thing' is nonsense," the long-time Nittany Lion mentor said. "We tell our players, 'It's a game, enjoy it.
November 30, 1997 |
Joe Paterno expected Michigan State to run the ball. He never dreamed the Spartans would run it so well. Sedrick Irvin and Marc Renaud each ran for more than 200 yards against No. 4 Penn State as Michigan State rolled to a 49-14 victory Saturday, virtually killing the Nittany Lions' hopes for a berth in an alliance bowl game. "I was surprised with the way they ran," Paterno said. "I knew they were going to run, but I thought it would be a contest.
September 23, 2006 |
With separation Saturday in the books, the national spotlight swings to the Big Ten, where top-ranked Ohio State and No. 24 Penn State meet at Columbus in an important game for both teams. Ohio State (3-0) has won 10 in a row dating to last season and is trying to win a national championship. But the Buckeyes must avoid a hiccup against the last team to beat them.
August 10, 1997 |
Joe Paterno and his Big Ten coaching colleagues can stop growling about being shortchanged in the polls: Penn State will start the season as the No. 1 team in college football. For the first time in school history, the Nittany Lions received top billing in The Associated Press preseason poll. Since the AP preseason poll began in 1950, the highest ranking Penn State could muster was No. 3--in 1969 and 1978. "It will be great for the fans and I think the kids will enjoy it too," Paterno said.
November 16, 1997 |
Penn State learned its lesson and made Purdue pay for it. "We had to go out there and establish a running game. It's Big Ten football, and you have to run the ball, like Michigan did on us," said Curtis Enis, whose four touchdowns led the No. 6 Nittany Lions over No. 19 Purdue, 42-17, Saturday at West Lafayette, Ind. A week earlier, top-ranked Michigan embarrassed Penn State, 34-8, the worst home loss in Joe Paterno's 32 years as coach.
October 27, 2007 |
It has been 18 years since a No. 1 team visited Happy Valley, so it's easy to understand the hype in State College, Pa., as No. 24 Penn State prepares for tonight's game against top-ranked Ohio State. Students have been camped out for seats since Tuesday, "Beat Ohio State" T-shirts have popped up in storefronts and the student section plans a "whiteout" -- 21,000 fans wearing white T-shirts in one end zone in an effort to distract the Buckeyes.