Nittany Notes: Stripe Out finally arrives

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s going to be a big Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

It’s the Stripe Out. It’s also Senior Day.

What you need to know: No. 13 Penn State vs. Nebraska

UNIVERSITY PARK — Each week, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye on, and where and when you can catch the Nittany Lions on fall Saturdays this season.

Game details: vs. Nebraska, 4 p.m. kickoff, broadcast on FS1.

Records: Penn State 8-2 (5-2 Big Ten), Nebraska 4-6, (3-4 Big Ten).

Venue: Beaver Stadium, where Penn State has won its last 13 games.

Weather forecast (via AccuWeather): High of 46 degrees, with periods of rain.

Nittany Notes: PSU is on the rise (again)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State is back on track.

With a 35-6 win over Rutgers on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions ended a two-game losing streak and kept alive their hopes for a New Year’s Day bowl bid. Penn State is now 8-2 overall, 5-2 in the Big Ten. Just a pair of games remain – the home finale vs. Nebraska (Nov. 18) and the regular season finale at Maryland (Nov. 25).

Those two games are very winnable for the Lions. While the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff are probably out of the question, a 10-2 season will be nothing to sneeze at.

Penn State By the Numbers: Week 10 (Rutgers)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Here’s our rundown of some of the standout numbers from Penn State’s 35-6 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

What numbers stood out to you? Tag us on social media (@HappyValleyPSU) and let us know.

107,531: game attendance.

6,465: career passing yards for Trace McSorley, good for third place all-time at Penn State.

5,055: career all-purpose yards for Saquon Barkley, a Penn State record. He passed Larry Johnson and Curt Warner during Saturday’s victory.

Column: All is well, Nittany Nation

UNIVERSITY PARK – Is Penn State football all the way back?

You bet it is.

In the closing moments of the Michigan game on Oct. 21, it became clear that Penn State football was indeed all the way back. A blowout 42-13 win, a record crowd and a 7-0 record told us that.

So what has happened in the past couple of weeks? Well, the Nittany Lions lost. Two games by a total of four points, but losses nonetheless. While that has cast a pall on the season, it’s important to note that the 2017 Nittany Lions have exceeded expectations.

Penn State Predictions: Homecoming will cure Lions

Well, the road gets easier from here on out.

There are just three games remaining on Penn State’s schedule – vs. Rutgers, vs. Nebraska and at Maryland. Three must-win games for the Nittany Lions if they are going to make a New Year’s Day bowl game.

The three-game season begins this week when Rutgers comes to town for Homecoming.

Our entire staff took one on the chin last week, meaning no one is perfect.

Here’s what we’ve got for this week’s Homecoming tilt:

Looking back: Penn State's Homecoming heroes

UNIVERSITY PARK – Since the first Homecoming game in 1920, the Nittany Lions have won 70 of their 97 Homecoming games. Penn State also owns an impressive 19-5 Homecoming record since joining the Big Ten conference in 1993. Against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Penn State has been historically dominant, winning 25 of the 27 matchups – and outscoring the Knights 80-13 since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014.

What you need to know: No. 16 Penn State vs. Rutgers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Each week, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye on, and where and when you can catch the Nittany Lions on fall Saturdays this season.

Game details: vs. Rutgers, noon kickoff, broadcast on BTN.

Records: Penn State 7-2, 4-2 Big Ten, Rutgers 4-5, 3-3 Big Ten.

Venue: Beaver Stadium, where the Nittany Lions have won their last 12 games.

Weather forecast (via AccuWeather): High of 36 degrees, cold with sun and some clouds.

Do you know the Button Man? He carries a tradition with him

From the green paper‑backed buttons of the 1970s to the met­al‑backed buttons we are familiar with today, those quick‑witted, opponent‑knocking Penn State football buttons have a storied history that started with Central Counties Bank and continues today.

The ultimate home game weekend (as told by our Facebook fans)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Whether it is coming into town on Friday to stay with friends and catch Ted McCloskey & the Hi Fi’s at the Phyrst with $1 Coors Light drafts, or driving into the Beaver Stadium parking lots early Saturday and walking downtown to shop and grab a bite to eat at The Waffle Shop, there are no wrong answers when it comes to having the ultimate home game weekend. The one and only thing we can all agree on is that the perfect Penn State home game experience isn’t complete without a Nittany Lions win!


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