STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12: A fan sets up his Penn State flag before the Penn State against Nebraska football game at Beaver Stadium on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Head football coach Joe Paterno was fired amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. Penn State is playing their final home football game against Nebraska. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Nebraska Vs. Penn State: Nittany Lions Rally Falls Short, Fall 17-14

Penn State squares off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers early Saturday afternoon, in the first game of the post-Joe Paterno Era. A win would give the Nittany Lions at least a share of the Big Ten Leaders division crown.

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Penn State Grades Vs. Nebraska

Who played well against the Cornhuskers, and who still has some work to do?

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2011 Bowl Predictions: Penn State Currently Slotted For Outback Bowl

Penn State was stopped short on a late fourth-and-1 Saturday evening, failing to overcome a 17-point deficit in losing 17-14 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first game of the post-Joe Paterno era. The loss dropped the Nittany Lions to 8-2 on the season, and 5-1 in the Big Ten. The loss also means Penn State is no longer projected to be going to the Gator Bowl, as it was last week. The new projected destination? The Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.

The Pittsburgh Panthers inched a game closer to being bowl eligible Saturday afternoon, defeating the Louisville Cardinal 21-14. Fellow Big East member West Virginia also won, upsetting #23 Cincinnati 24-21, and though currently slotted for a relatively minor bowl, the Mountaineers still have a chance at winning the Big East and earning a berth in a BCS Bowl game.

Here are current bowl projections for Pittsburgh, Penn State and West Virginia:

Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, December 20, 2011

Pittsburgh vs. East Carolina

Belk Bowl, December 27, 2011

West Virginia vs. North Carolina

Outback Bowl, January 2, 2012

Penn State vs. South Carolina

For more 2011 bowl projections, check out SB Nation's college football hub. For a complete bowl schedule, click here. For more on the Mountaineers, be sure to visit The Smoking Musket. For all your Penn State news and notes, pop over to Black Shoe Diaries. Pittsburgh fans should check out Cardiac Hill.

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Nebraska Vs. Penn State Final: Nittany Lions Late Rally Falls Short, 17-14

The Penn State Nittany Lions fought their way back from a 17-0  deficit in the third quarter, but their final drive fell short as Matt McGloin's pass fell incomplete as time expired. It was an emotional game for the Nittany Lions, given the circumstance, and that was evident early on. PSU fought back however, to get the game within a field goal.

Penn State actually out gained Nebraska yardage wise, as the Nittany Lions defense limited the Nebraska rushing attack to just 188 yards. Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez was limited to completing only 50% of his passes and passing for only 144 yards, but the offense just couldn't get anything going early in the game.

Matt McGloin had a nice day, passing for 192 yards but the offense just couldn't score points until it was too late and were pressed on the final drive to get into field goal range with under a minute left in the game. With the loss, Penn State falls to 8-2 overall, but still holds the top spot in the Leaders division picking up their first Big Ten loss.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Nebraska blog Corn Nation and Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Here's the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Lions Earn Fumble Recovery

Penn State gets a nice return on Nebraska's punt to open the fourth quarter, and Stephfon Green picks up a first down on a nice run to get the Nittany Lions close to midfield. Once again, though, the passing game has trouble, and the drive stalls. Penn State is running out of time.

That said, interesting to see the contributions Green has made in the running game. It wasn't that long ago that he was suspended, and even more recently, he was fighting with Curtis Dukes and Brandon Beachum for time. Today, he's second on the team with 36 yards on 10 carries.

Nebraska gets the ball moving once again on its ensuing drive, but Devon Still forces a fumble and Penn State recovers. Stadium whips into a frenzy.

Whoa boy, here we go. Let's see if Penn State can capitalize on the momentum here and get back in this game as the clock winds in the fourth quarter.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Cornhuskers Lead 17-7 After Three Quarters

Following Penn State's first touchdown of the day, Nebraska is able to move the ball on the ground again, but the Nittany Lions' defense stiffens up just in time, stopping the Cornhuskers short of the first down marker at the Penn State 32-yardline.

Justin Brown fair catches the punt, and here we go. Can the offense keep the momentum from the last drive going?

Um, no.

A short run and a couple of incompletions, Penn State goes three-and-out and is forced to punt.

Nebraska takes over at its own 17 and picks up a first down up to its 31-yardline to start the drive. A short rush by Burkhead runs out the third quarter clock, and we'll move to the final stanza here at Beaver Stadium with Penn State still trailing 17-7.

Penn State needs a stop, and maybe a forced turnover soon, or this one is close to over. Can the Lions pull it out?

Stay tuned.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Stephfon Green Gets Nittany Lions On The Board

Following Nebraska's second touchdown of the day, Penn State finally gets a serious offensive drive going. Matthew McGloin mixes some intermediate completions with some four and five yard runs by Silas Redd and Stephfon Green before McGloin hits Derek Moye up top for a 40-yard completion inside the Nebraska five-yard line.

Stephfon Green finishes off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, and just like that, the Nittany Lions have life, as its now just 17-7 Nebraska.

It's hard to express how big that score is for Penn State. With 5:07 left in the third quarter, there's still time for a comeback, but it had to start there. Credit the Penn State offense for finally stringing plays together after a bunch of inconsistent drives in the first half. Let's see if the defense can get the stop it needs to keep this momentum going.

Penn State scoring summary: nine plays, 82 yards, 3:36 time of possession.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Cornhuskers Take 17-0 Lead

Penn State starts the second half off with a bang as Stephfon Green lays the wood to Nebraska's Kenny Bell on the kickoff. Rex Burkhead gets the first rush of the half and picks up a first down, however, and the Cornhuskers are on the move again.

A false start penalty on 3rd-and-15 on the following set of downs gets the stadium back into a frenzy, and Nathan Stupar stops Bell short on a pass from Taylor Martinez. Penn State will get the ball back.

Silas Redd is back in the game for the Nittany Lions at running back. He looked banged up in the first half, but he's back in there now, and you can bet coach Tom Bradley is happy about that, as he's the biggest offensive weapon this team has.

Penn State breaches Nebraska territory with a nice completion from Matthew McGloin and some runs by Redd, but Nebraska forces and recovers a fumble, the Lions' first turnover of the game, and Penn State's momentum is squashed.

The Huskers take the ball back into Penn State territory with a run by Burkhead and continue to push, now into scoring range, with the dual ground attack of Burkhead and Martinez.

A 17-yard scamper by Martinez gets Nebraska inside the Penn State redzone. He pitches to Rex Burkhead on the following play, who scores on a 14-yard run. With 8:51 to play in the third quarter, Nebraska leads 17-0.

Nebraska scoring summary: 8 plays, 52 yards, 2:54 time of possession. 

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Cornhuskers Take 10-0 Lead To Half

Hearing murmurs that Penn State running back Silas Redd might be hurt. He's apparantly holding his arm on the sideline. Something to keep an eye on as the team's biggest offensive weapon this season has failed to get much going in this low scoring affair.

After Penn State's most recent punt, Nebraska makes another advance into Penn State territory, looking to build on its 3-0 advantage. Quarterback Taylor Martinez has keyed a drive inside the Nittany Lions' redzone. Penn State forced an incompletion on third down from the 15 yardline, but an pass interference penalty sets up Nebraska with a first down inside the 5-yardline.

Immediately following the penalty, Ameer Abdullah rushes ahead for a 2-yard touchdown, and with :44 left in the first half, Nebraska leads 10-0.

Nebraska scoring summary: 12 plays, 80 yards, 2:49 time of possession.

After getting the ball back, Penn State gets some forward momentum, picking up a couple of first downs as time winds of the first half clock, but a facemask penalty costs them 15 yards, and that effective kills the drive. That's the half. It's 10-0 Nebraksa.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Cornhuskers Continue To Lead

Following Nebraska's field goal, Matthew McGloin comes out and hits Derek Moye in double coverage to pick up a first down to near midfield. Once again, though, the Nittany Lions aren't able to keep the momentum going as an incompletion on third down forces another punt by Anthony Fera.

The Cornhuskers move toward midfield again, but their forced to punt after picking up just one first down.

Zzzzzzz....

Nebraska's punt leaves Penn State deep in its own territory, but Brandon Beachum digs the offense out of a hole with a 15-yard run up to the Nittany Lions' 32 yardline.The drive fizzles for what seems like the millionth time today, but at least that run got Penn State out of a big hole in the field position game. Now the offense needs to work on putting a scoring drive together.

With 3:33 left to play in the first half, Nebraska leads Penn State, 3-0.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Cornhuskers Draw First Blood

After the Nebraska punt, Penn State starts the drive with a completion from Matthew McGloin to tight end Kevin Haplea, followed by a couple of nifty first down runs from Silas Redd. He hasn't gotten a lot of action until this drive, but he looks rejuvenated by the bye week. The drive stalls, though, and we have another punt.

On the ensuing Nebraska drive, the Cornhuskers finally get something going in the running game, using the option to pick up a couple of first downs. They then pick up a couple of first downs through the air to get themselves into scoring range. Defensive end Jack Crawford takes over, however, registering a sack tackle on third down to force a Nebraska field goal attempt.

Brett Maher comes on and hits a 41-yard field goal to get Nebraska on the board. With 10:55 to play in the half, the Huskers lead 3-0.

Nebraska scoring summary: 9 plays, 50 yards, 3:53 time of possession.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Game Remains Scoreless

After Anthony Fera's missed field goal for Penn State, Taylor Martinez and Nebraska come out with three straight incompletions and the Cornhuskers are forced to punt. Martinez and his receivers seem to be having a very hard time getting on the same page early on here, and the Nittany Lions are getting some solid pressure.

With the ball back, Penn State picks up a quick first down as Matthew McGloin hits Derek Moye for a gain of 11 on the first play of the drive. An incompletion on third down of the following set of downs, though, and Penn State is forced to punt.

At this point, Penn State has outgained Nebraska 74-11. The Huskers are throwing a bunch here in the early going, obviously showing respect for Penn State's run defense, which to this point, has held Nebraska to -4 yards rushing.

On its ensuing drive, Nebraska picks up a first down on the ground to show a little life, but an incompletion on the ensuing third down, and its another punt for the Huskers.

With 2:02 left in the first quarter, its still scoreless in Happy Valley.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: Anthony Fera Misses Field Goal

Penn State wins the toss and receives. On the first play of the game, Matthew McGloin hands off to fullback Joe Suhey. I'm sure an old man somewhere appreciated that. A short run and incomplete pass later, though, and the Nittany Lions are forced to punt.

Nebraska and quarterback Taylor Martinez come out with an incompletion followed by an option run for a loss of one. On third down, however, Martinez hits Tim Marlowe down the middle up close to midfield. The Penn State defense gets two more stops on the following set of downs, however, and on third down, finally forces a punt on an incompletion by Martinez.

After getting the ball back, McGloin hits Justin Brown for a his first completion of the day, a 9-yard hook up. A couple of runs later, and Penn State moves the chains. On third down, McGloin hits Curtis Drake for 31 yards after the ball is tipped. This moves the Lions into Nebraska territory.

Whoa. Plays like that make you wonder...

The drive fizzles out after the big completion, however, and Anthony Fera is forced to come on for a 47-yard field goal attempt. He misses, and with 6:33 left in the first quarter, we're still scoreless here at Beaver Stadium.

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Penn State vs. Nebraska: After Emotional Pregame, Football

Good afternoon from an emotional Beaver Stadium. There has been plenty said about this week's events elsewhere on the site, and there will continue to be. For now, we'd like to keep the focus of this stream on the football game itself.

With that said, Matthew McGloin is apparently today's starting quarterback. He was the first player off the bus, signaling he'll get his third start of the season. It's unclear whether Rob Bolden, who has seen action all season, will get any time with former head coach Joe Paterno no longer calling the shots.

Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno is expected to coach from the sidelines today.

The Penn State players took the field by marching slowly through the tunnel and out on to the field, arms linked. They were greeted by dozens of lettermen from years past, then joined Nebraska players in a prayer circle before kicking the game off.

Stay tuned for score updates.

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Nebraska Vs. Penn State: Video Of Nittany Lions Team Arriving At Stadium

The Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley, in what is expected to be an extremely emotional affair given the events of the last week. Head coach of 46 years Joe Paterno was fired late Wednesday evening, replaced at the helm for the last three games of the season by longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley. There has been much speculation as to what the atmosphere will be like surrounding the Nittany Lions game against the Cornhuskers. Well, I will let this video of the team's arrival at the stadium speak for itself.

Video below via PSUBLJ and Ben Jones of Black Shoe Diaries:


For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Nebraska blog Corn Nation and Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. Here's the complete Week 11 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Nebraska Vs. Penn State Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Penn State squares off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers early Saturday afternoon, in the first game of the post-Joe Paterno Era. A win would give the Nittany Lions at least a share of the Big Ten Leaders division crown.

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