Tim Frazier scored 17 points and added eight assists and five rebounds to help lift Penn State to 79-54 exhibition victory over Philadelphia on Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Jon Graham and Southern Miss transfer D.J. Newbill chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively, as the Nittany Lions ran past head coach Patrick Chambers’ alma mater. Read full recap at GoPSUSports.com.
Penn State put on a defensive clinic in the second, as Purdue finished with negative rushing yardage (-13 yards), and the Nittany Lions now lead 20-3. Penn State opened up the lead, 13-3, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Sam Ficken made a 24-yard field goal. The Nittany Lions used Matt McGloin’s 35-yard pass to Jesse James to fuel the drive.
Penn State’s secondary stifled the passing game, allowing just 31 yards through the air to Purdue in the first quarter and the Nittany Lions lead 10-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Boilermakers took the game’s first lead after Sam McCartney made a 20-yard field goal on the last play of a seven-play, 49-yard drive.
On Saturday’s pregame football TV show, BTN profiled two former Big Ten football players who will be forever linked after a collision in a 1997 football game between Michigan and Penn State. In the feature story, Michigan safety Daydrion Taylor and Penn State tight end Bob Stephenson discuss the hit and what life has been like for the past 15 years since then. Watch the full feature here and read their own words in this post.
Penn State defeated Iowa 3-2 in the Friday’s first semifinal of the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament while Michigan blanked Indiana 3-0. Both winners advance to play in Sunday’s tournament championship is at 2:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.
Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials Bill Carollo remembers the hit. Whoever saw that hit will never forget it. The collision that took place between Michigan safety Daydrion Taylor and Penn State’s Bob Stephenson back in 1997 resonates today. “And you know what?” says Carollo. “Back then, it was a legal hit. But today, it would be a penalty.”
November is upon us. It used to be the month when championships were decided. How very 2010. Now, it’s the month when spots in the Championship Game are decided. All in the name of progress…