(Left) Sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg makes a pass during a Sept. 6 game against Akron in State College, Pa. Penn State won, 21-3.Credit: Courtesy of TNS(Right) Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. barrett carries the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn 2013, the Ohio State football team beat a reeling Penn State squad, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium.About a year later, the Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) and Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) are set to face off again. But this time around, Penn State is free of NCAA sanctions including a revoked postseason ban and likely looking to avenge its big loss last season.The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the matchup that could either spark the Buckeyes or help the Nittany Lions turn around their season.1. J.T. Barrett vs. Christian HackenbergBarrett is OSU’s redshirt-freshman phenomenon while Hackenberg is a true sophomore with all-world potential.The two are set to go head-to-head under center when their teams meet this weekend, and the game could easily come down to which one plays better. Based off production so far this season, Barrett might be more likely to have the better day, but both have put up big numbers at times.OSU’s quarterback is the Big Ten’s most efficient passer — checking in with a 182.1 efficiency rating so far — while Hackenberg is averaging more passing yards per game than any other quarterback in the conference. That being said, the second-year Penn State starter is averaging less than four yards more than Barrett.Outside of yards per game, the Buckeyes look to have a huge statistical advantage as Barrett has thrown 20 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions, while Hackenberg has thrown seven picks to just five scoring tosses.If the Buckeyes’ defense can get after Hackenberg and force him to make more mistakes — and if Barrett comes out firing once again — it could be another long day for the Nittany Lions.2. Strength vs. StrengthBeyond two young guns at quarterback, the matchup between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions is set to feature the Big Ten’s top statistical defense against the conference’s best offense.Penn State ranks first in the conference in total defense, giving up 283.3 yards per game, but OSU is first in total offense at a whopping 533.8 yards per game. The Nittany Lions are also first in scoring defense, giving up just 15.2 points per game this season, while the Buckeyes are No. 2 in the Big Ten with 46.5 points for per game this season.The deciding factor in this game could be on the flip side of the field when the Buckeyes’ defense comes up against Penn State’s offense.While the Nittany Lions’ defense has been strong throughout the year, their offense is all the way down at No. 10 in the conference with just 375.5 yards per game. They’ll be going up against an OSU defense that ranks fifth in the Big Ten for total defense.If the numbers hold true, the Buckeye offense will be put to the test against Penn State, but the Nittany Lions might struggle to move the ball against a statistically superior OSU defense.3. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott find space to run?Forget their total defensive numbers, the Nittany Lions’ defense has been simply dominant when it comes to the running game in 2014.So far, they’re giving up just 60.8 yards per game, which puts them up more than 30 yards against the No. 2 team in the conference: Michigan.But Penn State hasn’t had to face Elliott yet this season.He’s not the best running back in the world right now, but he’s been breaking out over the past few weeks to spark the OSU offense on the ground. Overall, the Buckeyes are fifth in the Big Ten in rushing offense, but if Elliott continues to improve, they should climb the rankings.Elliott will be up against a stiff test when he takes on the Penn State defensive front, but if he can find a way to match his season numbers — he’s averaging 88.5 yards per game — the Buckeyes will benefit greatly and likely find themselves in a position to win the game.4. Will the Penn State crowd affect a young Buckeye team?The last time OSU played a game in State College, Pa., nine current Buckeye starters weren’t even Buckeyes.The crowd at Beaver Stadium is notorious for being loud and sporting the white-out look for prime-time games against ranked opponents. This time, the game means a little more as well. The last time the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions squared off in Beaver Stadium, neither team was eligible for the postseason because of NCAA violations. Now, the tables are turned and the stakes are higher, which will likely result in a sell-out crowd from the Penn State faithful.Despite having the second-largest college venue in the country, Penn State ranked seventh in average home attendance as of Oct. 1. with an average of 99,806.Expect that number to drastically rise Saturday night.5. Could an OSU win give it a rise in the AP poll?Let’s be honest, the Buckeye schedule is not very strong.However, not many teams go into Beaver Stadium on a Saturday night and come out with a victory, except for the Buckeyes.OSU has won its last three games when visiting the Nittany Lions and three of the last four night games overall against Penn State.With that being said, will a win in a historically hostile environment be enough to impress the voters? Or will the Buckeyes have to blow out their division rival in order to get back into the top 10?Only time will tell as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to meet Saturday at Beaver Stadium in State College. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Eden Hazard’s early goal was enough to give Chelsea a half-time lead as Jose Mourinho looked to end his winless streak at Villa Park.It took only eight minutes for the Blues to strike, as Oscar escaped down the right, pulled the ball back for Willian and his ball was turned in by Hazard.Oscar had a near post shot saved by Villa keeper Brad Guzan, who also gathered Gary Cahill’s header from the resulting corner.But Paul Lambert’s men, without a goal in their last six Premier League matches, did apply some pressure to the Blues defence, forcing several corners, and Gabby Agbonlahor headed over the bar.Chelsea came close to adding a second when Hazard led a quick break and Ramires was played in on goal, only for Ciaran Clark to produce an outstanding recovery tackle.With Diego Costa in the middle of a three-match ban, Didier Drogba started up front, while Cahill was restored to the defence alongside John Terry.Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy were named on the bench along with new signing Juan Cuadrado. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Gil.Subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Sinclair, Cole, Benteke, Sanchez. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Tags: FCS Playoffs/Jake Constantine/Southeast Missouri State/Weber State Wildcats Football Associated Press Written by December 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Constantine leads Weber St past SE Missouri 48-23 in FCS FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah (AP) — Jake Constantine threw for four touchdowns and ran for another and the Weber State defense picked off four passes to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 48-23 win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday in the second-round of the FCS playoffs.The Wildcats (10-2) are home against seventh-seeded Maine next weekend.After the Redhawks (9-4) took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, Constantine threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter. Two of the scores were set up by interceptions, one in the final minute of the half. Isiah Jackson scored on a 16-yard pass with 58 seconds to go and again on a 4-yarder after Jordan Praetor returned the first of his two picks 17 yards.Constantine’s 10-yard TD run capped the opening drive of the second half before the Redhawks scored 16 straight points to close within 34-23.Southeast Missouri’s last score was a 33-yard fumble return but the Wildcats responded with a quick drive for Doug Lloyd’s 4-yard run and Praetor sealed it with a 52-yard pick-6.
CEOs Know Campaign: Tourism Sector is Attractive for Foreign Direct InvestmentTsabeng Nthite – “There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism.Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998).Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South AfricaSouth Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences. Stunning as the coastline and the game parks are, there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region. Ntshona says however that ‘South Africa is more than just the 3 Bs (the beach, the berg and the bush),’ – stating that the country’s secret weapon is its diversity and people.“I am constantly inspired about how South Africa fights above its weight. South African’s are ambitious, driven and passionate people. We are a diverse people who love out country, and our space and we want to share our hoe with the world for them to be part of our ever growing story,” concluded Ntshona.And it’s not just South Africa – the entire continent is set for a tourism boon. Speaking at the launch of Indaba in 2017, Africa’s top travel trade show, Ntshona predicted that Africa would be the new tourism frontier. He reported that the continent had an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by 13%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.