Pitt defensive back Lafayette Pitts breaks up a pass against Florida International Saturday.

Early struggles provide 'teaching points' for Pitt

Saturday's win at Florida International showed that if nothing else, the Panthers are getting good at overcoming first-quarter hiccups.

about 20 hours ago


 Penn State safety Ryan Keiser intercepts a pass intended for receiver Leonte Carroo with less than a minute to play Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. Penn State defeated Rutgers, 13-10.

Penn State defense glad to take five

The Nittany Lions' defensive players didn't think they were going to snag five interceptions against Rutgers Saturday night; they knew.

about 20 hours ago


 Quarterback Clint Trickett passes against Maryland in the first quarter Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.

Clint Trickett's strong rapport with WRs pays dividends for West Virginia

Clint Trickett and his top receivers are on the same page, which makes things pretty easy on the Mountaineers quarterback.

about 20 hours ago


High school football notebook: Pitt commit Tre Tipton does it all for Apollo-Ridge

Receiver, runner, passer, it doesn't matter to Panthers recruit Tre Tipton as he helps Apollo-Ridge to its first 3-0 start in 14 years.

about 20 hours ago


 WVU quarterback Clint Trickett was named Walter Camp offensive player of the week after he led the Mountaineers to a dramatic 40-37 road victory against Maryland Saturday.

WVU's Clint Trickett named Walter Camp player of the week

West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett completed 37 of 49 passes for 511 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

1 day ago


District college football roundup: IUP allows 38 unanswered in loss

The worst loss for the Crimson Hawks in more than a decade saw Kutztown dominate through the air on offense.

1 day ago


 Panthers running back James Conner celebrates his  touchdown in the fourth quarter with offensive linesman Dorian Johnson and offensive linesman T.J. Clemmings during the game against the FIU Golden Panthers.

Pitt overcomes slow start to beat FIU

The Panthers trailed FIU 16-0 after the first quarter, but bounced back to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2009.

2 days ago


 West Virginia tight end Cody Clay gets upended by Maryland defensive back Sean Davis during the first half Saturday in College Park, Md.

West Virginia knocks off Maryland on last-second field goal

Clint Trickett continued his meteoric climb by completing 37 of 49 passes for a career-high 507 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

2 days ago


 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik drops back to pass against Delaware in the second quarter Aug. 30 at Heinz Field.

Panthers take shot at rare 3-0 start

It has been a long time since Pitt started a season 3-0, but the Panthers have that opportunity today against Florida International.

2 days ago


Penn State blanks Rutgers in second half, wins 13-10

The Nittany Lions have put together just 104 yards of total offense and allowed three sacks by a defense that is blitzing often.

1 day ago


 Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel breaks through the Akron Zips defense in the third quarter Sept. 6 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Penn State defeated Akron, 21-3.

Depth, some rest will help defensive linemen all year

Penn State coach James Franklin knows rest and depth are good things for his football team.

2 days ago


 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett shakes hands with fans following a 54-0 win Sept. 6 against Towson in Morgantown, W.Va.

Path of revenge starts with border rival Terps

Maryland is often an early barometer for West Virginia's season, and its postseason hopes could be determined in this five-game stretch.

2 days ago


District college football: California has tough test afoot

After a 33-24 win last week against Virginia State, California faces an early measuring stick in Bloomsburg,2013 PSAC champion.

2 days ago


Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 09.12.14

The Pitt beat reporter answers your questions from hot, humid Miami as Pitt prepares to play FIU Saturday.

3 days ago


 Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd moves around Manasseh Garner after pulling away from Boston College defensive back Manuel Asprilla in the first quarter Sept. 5 in Boston. The Panthers, who beat the Eagles, 30-20, will play Florida International Friday in Miami.

Pitt opponent FIU had its dreams crumble

Pitt's next opponent, Florida International, continues to struggle to achieve football success after its dream season in 2010.

3 days ago


 Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, center, celebrates with his team after they beat Washington State, 41-38, Aug. 28 in Seattle. Rutgers has given Flood a two-year contract extension. Athletic director Julie Hermann announced the deal Thursday, two days before the Scarlet Knights (2-0) play their first Big Ten Conference game against Penn State (2-0).

Penn State's rivalry reborn against Rutgers

A new era begins in the Penn State-Rutgers rivalry now that the Scarlet Knights are in the Big Ten Conference.

3 days ago


 West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen looks on against Alabama at Georgia Dome Aug. 30 in Atlanta.

Mountaineers hoping to deliver 'payback'

The Mountaineers hope to pay back Maryland after absorbing a 37-0 loss last season against the Terrapins.

3 days ago


 Vincentian standout Brenna Wise, right, committed to Pitt Thursday.

Vincentian girls basketball standout commits to Pitt

Senior basketball standout Brenna Wise will play for coach Suzie McConnell-Serio and the Panthers.

3 days ago


Vincentian's Wise commits to Pitt

Vincentian senior forward Brenna Wise,  committed to Pitt, about two weeks after taking her official visit there.

4 days ago


District college football: Slippery Rock RB Greene off to flying start

Slippery Rock running back Shamar Greene wasted little time showing his potential, earning PSAC West offensive athlete of the week.

4 days ago


 Gabe Roberts will start at center for Pitt's game Saturday against Florida International. Roberts is filling in for Artie Rowell, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament, last Saturday in a win against Boston College.

Pitt's Gabe Roberts eager to battle, fill in at center

After waiting years to be Pitt’s center, Gabe Roberts got his chance in a flash. Now he hopes to imitate Artie Rowell, the injured starter.

4 days ago


South Xtra: Vulcans QB enjoying his second love

Once pointed toward a baseball career, California’s James Harris has found success as a college football quarterback.

4 days ago


 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik delivers a pass against Delaware in the season opener Aug. 30 at Heinz Field.

Sam Werner's Pitt football chat transcript: 09.10.14

Pitt football beat writer Sam Werner answers readers’ questions about Pitt’s game Saturday against FIU and more.

5 days ago


 Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik talks with coach Paul Chryst. The Panthers have gotten off to a strong start, but the team is staying focused on the next game on the schedule, in this case Saturday's matchup against Florida International.

Pitt keeping an even keel after fast start

Pitt is channeling its coaches by staying focused on its next opponent.

5 days ago


 Penn State coach James Franklin played to a packed house at his weekly news conference Tuesday in University Park, Pa. — a day after the NCAA lifted the most severe sanctions against the Nittany Lions program.

Penn State savors shot at bowl bid

Nittany Lions players only briefly celebrated the reduction of sanctions and the opportunity to contend for a bowl bid this year.

5 days ago


 “I didn’t understand at first, and then you hear that word — cancer … It was like everything just stopped.” — Duquesne's Derrick Colter

Duquesne guard Colter's cancer in remission

Duquesne basketball guard Derrick Colter stayed upbeat during radiation treatment, and his cancer (non-Hodgkins lymphoma) is in remission.

5 days ago


 Pitt running back James Conner tries to avoid a tackle Friday night against Boston College.

More honors for Pitt RB James Conner

Pitt notebook: Three Panthers, including sophomore James Conner, reap individual honors after victory against Boston College.

6 days ago


 WVU coach Dana Holgorsen wants receiver Kevin White (11) to break off a big gain for a touchdown soon.

West Virginia notebook: Dana Holgorsen laments team's lack of big plays

Despite solid showings in their first two games, the Mountaineers have struggled to turn “explosive plays” into “big plays.”

5 days ago


Woodland Hills QB Jones picks West Virginia

Woodland Hills quarterback Jeremiah Jones gets scholarship off from West Virginia despite a short high school resume.

6 days ago


 Penn State head coach James Franklin stands at the gate prior to the Saturday's game against Akron.

NCAA restores Penn State football scholarships, lifts ban on bowl games

The Nittany Lions were halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

6 days ago


 Pittsburgh running back James Conner, left, runs the ball against Boston College defensive back Bryce Jones on Friday.

ACC honors three Pitt players

Panthers running back James Conner leads the ACC with 367 rushing yards through two games.

1 week ago


 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws a pass in the second quarter Saturday against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg works through interceptions

The mistakes that have plagued Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg at times this season are a result of his aggressive mentality.

1 week ago


 Mountaineers quarterback William Crest Jr. carries the ball against Towson cornerback Donnell Lewis in the third quarter Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va,

WVU's offensive success has trickle down effect on William Crest

Freshman William Crest wasn't perfect in his debut, but the Mountaineers likely won't need him to be in the instances he sees playing time.

1 week ago


 Jerry Sandusky, a former longtime assistant under coach Joe Paterno, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

NCAA drops fight over Penn State fine

Penn State accepted the fine as part of a 2012 consent decree with the NCAA following the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.

6 days ago


Pitt center Rowell to have season-ending ACL surgery

Panthers center Artie Rowell will have surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, ending his 2014 season.

1 week ago


 Pitt coach Paul Chryst watches his defense from the sideline Friday night in the win at Boston College.

Inspired defense fueled Pitt win

The Panthers overcame early miscues and lapses to parlay their big halftime lead into a victory.

1 week ago


 West Virginia Mountaineers running back Rushel Shell (7) rushes the ball against the Towson Tigers during the second quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia blanks Towson, 54-0, in home opener

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Rushel Shell sent two birthday wishes into the stormy sky above Mountaineer Field Saturday night. The first was for a

1 week ago


 Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg throws a pass during the second quarter against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State beats Akron, 21-3

Penn State's defense made two stops late, the offense came up with big plays and the Nittany Lions won the home opener, 21-3, against Akron.

1 week ago


 West Virginia's Rushel Shell stiff arms Alabama's Kenyan Drake on a punt return during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Atlanta.

Towson no Division I-AA cakewalk for West Virginia

Mountaineers coach has been reminding his players all week to be wary, and he has history to back him up.

1 week ago


 Zach Zwinak of Penn State is tackled by Brandon Alexander of UCF during the Croke Park Classic American Football match between Penn State and Central Florida at Croke Park Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.

Penn State hopes to impose its will in home opener

Nittany Lions looking to get their running game going to today against Akron

1 week ago


 Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd, right, moves around wide receiver Manasseh Garner after pulling away from Boston College defensive back Manuel Asprilla during the first quarter Friday night.

Conner proves his season-opening performance was no fluke in ACC victory vs. Eagles

Pitt proved that its season-opening win was no fluke Friday night as the Panthers won their ACC opener against Boston College 30-20.

1 week ago


 Pitt's James Conner is taken down by Delaware's C.J. Jones in the first quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt takes step up in competition in ACC opener

After a blowout victory against Delaware in its opener, Pitt faces stiffer competition Friday night against Boston College.

1 week ago


 WVU wide receiver Kevin White hauls in a pass with tight defense from Texas Tech defensive back Tanner Jacobson last season.

Mountaineers found a diamond in the rough in Kevin White

WVU receiver Kevin White finally catches up to his hype and realizes he is as good as others long have thought he is.

1 week ago


 Penn State head football coach James Franklin acknowledges fans during  the Blue-White spring game at Beaver Stadium on Saturday April 12, 2014.

For Penn State, new coach, it's all about a sellout

Nittany Lions fans might not fulfill coach’s promise of a full house at the home opener.

1 week ago


 Jerry Sandusky is escorted from the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in October 2012  on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

New lawsuit filed against Sandusky, Penn State

The lawsuit claims Sandusky abused the boy during a shopping trip in 2008 or 2009, and after they attended a Penn State game in 2008.

1 week ago


 Matty McConnell, a Chartiers Valley High School senior and one of the top basketball players in the WPIAL, has decided to play college basketball next year at Robert Morris.

Matty McConnell to play basketball at Robert Morris

Matty McConnell, a Chartiers Valley High School senior and one of the top basketball players in the WPIAL, has decided to play at RMU.

1 week ago


 Carnegie Mellon senior defensive lineman Dustin Schneider hands off to Brock Kitterman, 9, from Bethel Park, who has been paired with the CMU football team as part of Team IMPACT. Kitterman, who has bilateral retinoblastoma, a very rare eye cancer, will be the team’s captain this season.

CMU football players, ailing child make Team IMPACT a hit

Both sides reap huge benefits as ailing Brock Kitterman, 9, bonds with CMU's football players as part of Team IMPACT program.

1 week ago


 Patrick D. Gallagher talks with well-wishers after a University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees meeting in February at which he was elected as the new Chancellor of the university.

Gene Collier: Right balance is the goal for new Pitt chancellor Gallagher

Patrick D. Gallagher, Pitt’s new chancellor, talks balancing education and athletics at one of the region’s leaders in research and fandom.

1 week ago


 West Virginia safety Dravon Henry tries to pursue Alabama receiver DeAndrew White Saturday in Atlanta.

Best is yet to come for West Virginia freshman Dravon Henry

Better days and better games await WVU freshman safety Dravon Henry, but the former Aliquippa star passed his first test against Alabama.

1 week ago


 Penn State's Austin Johnson, (99) makes a tackle against Central Florida during the Croke Park Classic NCAA college football game in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Penn State beat UCF, 26-24.

Penn State's Austin Johnson makes case for keeping it simple

Nittany Lions defender Austin Johnson prefers not to overanalyze things too much on the football field.

1 week ago



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