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Dallas, Tex. — Today’s Penn State football news is headlined by a number of stories that tell the tale of the Lions’ 53-39 win over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl.
Linebacker Micah Parsons and running back Journey Brown are the lead of most articles after both delivered headliner performances in the win. The sophomore All-American forced a game-changing interception and had a game-high 14 tackles while the redshirt sophomore back set a Penn State record with 202 rushing yards to go along with two touchdowns.
“Parsons was the best player on the field, finishing with 14 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups. He also helped deliver the game’s turning-point moment,” Mark Wogenrich of The Allentown Morning Call writes.
In other news, Lions247 spoke with receiver KJ Hamler and end Shaka Toney to see if either was ready to announce whether or not they are leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft or returning for a fourth season. As it turns out, neither player was.
“I’ve still gotta talk to Coach,” Hamler said. “So I’m gonna talk to coach, and then I’ll know.”
“I didn’t commit to a big-time school. I committed to a 7-6 team and I believed in Coach Franklin, Coach Spence, Coach Pry.
“I’m one of the few products of my class left that joined a team that wasn’t a dominant team. I think we upheld the standard. We brought a lot of guys in and showed them this stuff ain’t easy. You’ve got to put in real work. … Our program is special and we’re in a better place now; where Penn State belongs.”
James Franklin made a perfect form tackle after he was doused with a Gatorade bath following the win, and you’ll definitely want to see that at the CBS Sports link below. Statecollege.com is one of many outlets with a closer look at Parsons’ big day, and Blue-White Illustrated has highs and lows from the win.
Those stories and more highlight Sunday’s headline roundup.
KJ Hamler, Shaka Toney address NFL draft speculation: Donahue [Lions247]
Scenes from Penn State’s thrilling 53-39 Cotton Bowl win over Memphis: Hermitt [PennLive]
Penn State outlasts Memphis in highest-scoring Cotton Bowl ever: Wogenrich [Morning Call]
Penn State Football: Micah Parsons Delivers Performance For The Ages: Jones [Statecollege.com]
Highs and lows from Cotton Bowl: Bauer [Blue-White Illustrated]
Game Grades | Assessing Penn State football’s Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis: The Daily Collegian
Penn State Cotton Bowl champions gear: Where, how to buy shirts and more: Heaton [PennLive]
Penn State runs over and through Memphis in a fast and furious Cotton Bowl: Bodani [York Daily Record]
Penn State Cotton Bowl rapid reaction: Nittany Lions 53, Memphis 39 (AT&T Stadium): Flounders [PennLive]
How LB Micah Parsons knew he was in for a special game for the Penn State Nittany Lions: Moyer [Centre Daily Times]
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