Happy Saturday! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the early portion of the day leading up to tonight’s highly anticipated showdown at Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-0) will host the ninth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) in a battle of the two Leaders Division teams with unblemished Big Ten records to this point. Both teams are led by coaches in their first year with the respective programs. Urban Meyer will be attempting to remain undefeated in his initial campaign with the Buckeyes while Bill O’Brien seeks his sixth consecutive victory in his opening season with the Nittany Lions.
Below is all of the information and media coverage for tonight’s contest.
Blue buses arrive: 2:50 p.m.
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m.
Television: ESPN — Sean McDonough (Play-by-play), Chris Spielman (Analyst), Quint Kessenich (Sideline reporter)
Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter)
Weather: There appears to be a decent chance of rain here. Kickoff temperature will be around 59 degrees with a 60% chance of rain.
Last Time They Met: Penn State defeated Ohio State 20-14 on November 19, 2011 at Ohio Stadium as Tom Bradley recorded his first victory as interim head coach. Running back Stephfon Green got things started ninety seconds into the contest with a 39-yard run up the middle for a touchdown. Kicker Anthony Fera would add a 43-yard field goal late in the quarter to extend the lead to 10-0. The second quarter featured a ton of scoring as freshman quarterback Braxton Miller tried to rally the Buckeyes. He was responsible for two touchdown drives, but Green added another score between the two Buckeye touchdowns, and Fera drilled a 46-yard kick right before halftime to extend the lead to 20-14. The final thirty minutes featured a lot of action but no scoring. The Buckeyes made a nice goal line stand to keep it a one possession game but could never get much going on offense. The closest they got was to the Nittany Lions’ 36-yard line before a drive stalled with a few minutes to go.
Injuries: The Nittany Lions enter this game relatively healthy. The only player listed on the weekly injury report is reserve guard Mark Arcidiacono who remains out with a foot issue. Freshman running back Nyeem Wartman has missed most of the season with a knee injury but is no longer listed. O’Brien said on Tuesday during his weekly press conference that Wartman will be available to play Saturday night. The biggest injury news for the Buckeyes concerns the status of Miller. The sophomore quarterback will start but may not be fully healthy after suffering a scary head injury last week against Purdue that resulted in a hospital visit before being declared symptom free. Defensive back Devan Bogard (knee) along with running backs Jordan Hall (knee) and Warren Ball (foot) are out indefinitely. Linebacker Etienne Sabino is likely to miss the game recovering from a broken fibula while defensive back Corey Brown is questionable with a head injury.
Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets throughout the game as reporter Drew Balis (@drewBbalis) will be in the press box. Photographer Dave Cole (@DaveColePhoto) will have pictures from the sidelines. StateCollege.com reporters Nate Mink (@MinkNate), Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88), and Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman) will also have live coverage throughout the day.
A recap of coverage from both outlets throughout the week can be found below: