Penn State players focus on Saturday's game

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State backup quarterback Paul Jones said today the Nittany Lions are focused on winning the game Saturday against Nebraska despite all the turmoil surrounding the program.

It will be the Nittany Lions' first game without legendary coach Joe Paterno, who was fired late Wednesday night after a child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky engulfed the campus. It is also the final home game of the season.

"We'll be amped up to win this game for Joe and send the seniors out on a high note," said Jones, from Sto-Rox High School, who is academically ineligible.

"We're doing good," starting wide receiver Justin Brown said before heading into the Lasch Football Building.

Long-time defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is serving as the team's interim coach for the rest of the season.

No. 12 Penn State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) had won seven consecutive games under Paterno prior to last week.

"Everybody has been doubting us all year, and now we have this other adversity on top of it," said backup offensive lineman Adam Gress, from West Mifflin High School. "It's been a tough week, but we've just got to block out the distractions and stay focused."

A team spokesman said today there has been no tribute planned for Paterno at this point.

Also, tonight's pep rally, which was set to be held at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, has been canceled.


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