Penn State put on a strong performance Saturday night beating Illinois the #22 ranked team in the nation 38 – 24. Playing on national television, the nation took notice. Penn State moved up to #6 in the USA and AP Poll. Penn State is now being considered a National Title contender. AP Poll – USA Today Poll
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Penn State starting defensive end Maurice Evans and starting defensive tackle Abe Koroma are not expected to play against Syracuse Saturday afternoon. Both players were suspended from Saturday’s game against Oregon State due to their alleged roles in an incident last week that resulted in a small amount of marijuana being seized from the player‚Äôs apartment. Evans is considered the top defensive end in the Big Ten and is widely regarded as a potential first round pick.
The Big Ten Conference has announced Penn State tailback Evan Royster was named one of the Big Ten Conference’s three offensive players of the week. Royster rushed for 141 rushing yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns against the Oregon State Beavers. Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber and Michigan State tailback Javon Ringer also earned offensive player of the week honors. Royster and Penn State take on Syracuse Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Inside Pittsburgh Sports
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Penn State was clicking on all cylinders and looked very impressive Saturday afternoon defeating the Oregon State Beavers 45 – 19. Penn State dominated the Beavers in all assets of the game. Running back Evan Royster led the Nittany Lions ground attack scoring 3 touchdowns and rushing for 141 yards on 17 carries.
Penn St. will have their first test of the season when it meets up with Oregon St. at 3:30 on Saturday in Happy Valley. Last week Penn St. had a warm-up game against Coastal Carolina in which¬†they racked up 594 yards in total offense – the most in 13 seasons. The Nittany Lions should be able to move the ball consistently on the ground given that Stanford, not known for their ground game, rushed for 210 yards on the Beavers last week. Four Penn State ball carriers gained at least 60 yards last week which led to a team total of 334 rushing yards.
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has announced Penn State players Maurice Evans, Abe Koroma and Andrew Quarless will miss Saturday’s game against Oregon State after police found marijuana in their apartment earlier this week. University police seized marijuana from an apartment shared by the three players. Cornerback A.J. Wallace also lives in the apartment but coach Paterno has stated Wallace was not involved in the incident.
Four Penn State players were not permitted to practice on Tuesday. The 4 players were Maurice Evans, A.J. Wallace, Andrew Quarless and Abe Koroma. The incident was first reported by the philadelphia inquirer. It is very likely that the team will dismiss tight end Andrew Quarless who has been involved in two other incidents.