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PSU Defense having a ‘Hull’ of a Season

By Jeff Cavanaugh 

The Penn State defense has been absolutely lights out this season – boasting the nation’s toughest run defense and ranking 3rd in the country in total defense and 4th in scoring defense.

Just how good have the Nittany Lions been on defense? Consider that Penn State hasn't allowed fewer rushing yards since the legendary 1986 National Championship season and the Nittany Lions haven't allowed less yardage since the 1978 (way before all of the pro-offense rule changes and pass-happy offensive coordinators).

And it seems that every great Penn State defense is always led by an extraordinary linebacker – hence the name, Linebacker U. The undefeated 1968 and 1969 teams were led by All-American Dennis Onkotz and future NFL hall of famer Jack Ham; in the mid 70s, linebacker Greg Buttle had over 300 tackles in two seasons (both seasons rank in the top four  in Penn State history for tackles in a season). Perhaps the greatest Penn State defense was led by two-time All American Shane Conlan – who led the Nittany Lions to the 1986 National Championship. The 1990s were highlighted by Butkus and Bednarik award winner Lavar Arrington and his still-awe-inspiring “Lavar Leap.” Then in the past decade, the Linebacker U tradition was even further solidified with All American teammates and the top two tacklers in Penn State history Dan Connor and Paul Posluszny – who Jack Ham gave the distinction of the best Penn State linebacker of all time.

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The Cheap Seats: Bowl-bound Nittany Lions look for seventh win at Illinois

By Les Barnhart

The call came out from Beaver Stadium (or at least the tailgate I was at) last Saturday afternoon to set the pins because the Nittany Lions are again going bowling!  For the first time since 2012 (seems longer though) Penn State and their legion of fans will have something to look forward to after the regular season.  

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Lions Devour Owls

After Saturday's 30-13 win over the Temple Owls, our Nittany Lions have clinched a bowl bid! We hope you're excited as we are. Remember when this wasn't even possible for our season? It hasn't been perfect, but we're happy to be moving in the right direction. Photos from Tim Weight. 

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The Cheap Seats: The Nittany Lions need our support. Will you answer the call?

By Les Barnhart

The sharks are starting to circle the boat.  The horns are blaring an ominous warning.  The good ship NCAA seems to really be taking on water now.  If it wasn’t so sad, it might be fun to sit back and watch this unfold. Maybe we could wait for the movie rights to be sold so we can watch it all in two hours, instead of years of painfully waiting for what is uncovered next.

There are a lot of ways that we, the fans, can approach this season. But I have an idea -  how about standing up and being heard in the Nittany Lions' final two home games of the season.  What better way of supporting those who are rightfully or not, were affected in all these NCAA/Freeh alleged shenanigans than by packing Beaver Stadium?  Let those boys and your fellow Penn Staters know that we are now and always will be "Penn State Proud".

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