Penn State seniors honored

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State's senior class earned a fitting introduction for sticking with the program through its darkest days.

The seniors ran through a tunnel of teammates and greeted their families at midfield.

Penn State played a video tribute that said the players, "led by your commitment, led by your loyalty, by your actions, led by example.

But the sour ending to the final home game just might stick with the seniors a little longer.

Pat Smith kicked a 42-yard field goal on Nebraska's first possession in overtime to lift the Cornhuskers to a 23-20 win over Penn State on Saturday night.

The Nittany Lions (6-5, 3-4) lost for the first time in three home overtime games this season.

"This is team loss. It's nobody's fault," Penn State safety Adrian Amos said.

"There were a lot of things before the kick we could have done to win the game and we didn't win the game. I didn't even think about missing the kick. It's a team loss. Teams lose it, not players."

SEC RECORD: Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews set the Southeastern Conference record for career receptions in Saturday's 14-10 victory over Tennessee.

Matthews' 4-yard reception late in the first quarter against the Volunteers gave him 237 career catches to break Earl Bennett's record of 236 receptions for Vanderbilt from 2005-07.

Matthews, who entered the night with 233 career receptions, caught 10 passes for 108 yards.

Matthews already had set the SEC record for career yards receiving in an Oct. 26 loss to Texas A&M. His record-breaking catch Saturday increased his career yardage total to 3,386.

That record was previously held by Terrence Edwards, who accumulated 3,093 yards receiving for Georgia from 1999-2002.

Matthews, a 6-foot-3 senior from Madison, Ala., entered Saturday with 83 catches for 1,076 yards and five touchdowns this season.

He now has 96 catches for 1,209 yards for the Commodores.

Vanderbilt dropped to 6-5, 3-5 in the SEC with the loss to the Vols.

ALABAMA: The assistant strength and conditioning coach who reportedly gave safety HaHa Clinton-Dix a short-term loan is no longer employed by the university.

Alabama spokesman Doug Walker said Saturday that Corey Harris "is no longer on the staff."

He couldn't elaborate because it is a school personnel issue.

Clinton-Dix was suspended in October and missed the Kentucky and Georgia State games before being reinstated by the NCAA.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that Harris was placed on administrative leave after loaning Clinton-Dix less than $500, possibly violating NCAA rules about student-athletes receiving extra benefits.

OKLAHOMA: Bob Stoops broke a tie with Barry Switzer for the most wins in school history in the Sooner's 41-31 victory over Kansas State.

It was Stoops' 158th victory at the school.

"I don't look at anything at all individual," Stoops said. "I don't have time to look at (the record). It's something that, down the road, I'll look back."


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