Penn State LB Backs Up Words with Deeds

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Penn State LB Backs Up Words with Deeds
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Michael Mauti made it to the 1. He sprinted and followed blockers well enough to forge a 99-yard run reminiscent of a return you may have thought only the Steelers' James Harrison could offer. Mauti made peace. At the end of the first half, players from both sides taunted each other, and he said he entered the fray to put an end to it. Mauti made sense. After doing everything imaginable in Penn State's 35-7 victory against Illinois Saturday, he provided the obvious context. Nobody wanted to admit on the record that this game mattered more than any of the other 11 on the schedule. The Big Ten opener always counts, they said. Whatever. "I'll give you a little something," Mauti said. "Having to play against these guys, it was sweet. That's really what it was. We haven't forgotten what happened in the summer."

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