Greetings from West Lafayette, Indiana where the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1) are set to take on the Purdue Boilermakers (3-5, 0-4) in a Big Ten Leaders Division battle of teams trying to get back to winning ways. The Boilermakers are led by head coach Danny Hope who is in his fourth year with the program. Bill O’Brien will be looking to remain unbeaten during conference road games in his first season with the Nittany Lions.
Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Television: ESPNU — Tom Hart (Play-by-play), John Congemi (Analyst), Allison Williams (Sideline reporter)
Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter)
Weather: 42 degrees, Mostly cloudy, 30% chance of rain showers
Last Time They Met: Penn State defeated Purdue 23-18 at Beaver Stadium on October 15, 2011 in the Homecoming Game. Running back Curtis Dukes got the Nittany Lions on the board first with a 1-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter. The contest remained close, but the Nittany Lions never trailed, often clinging to a one point lead. One key play was a missed extra point by Boilermakers kicker Carson Wiggs late in the third quarter that would have tied the game. Following a Silas Redd touchdown that extended the lead to eight points, the Boilermakers would score but once again only came away with six, failing to convert the two point conversion. Anthony Fera added a field goal to make the score 23-18, and linebacker Nate Stupar picked off a Caleb TerBush pass deep in Purdue territory to close out the game. with two minutes remaining.
Injuries: Reserve guard Mark Arcidiacono (foot) remains out for Nittany Lions, but the big injury question for them resolves around the status of tight end Kyle Carter who injured his ankle last weekend against Ohio State. Carter was listed as “probable” on the weekly injury report, but O’Brien has made it sound as if his status is very much up in the air for this afternoon’s game. The big injury news for the Boilermakers is that stud defensive tackle Kawann Short is dealing with an ankle injury but expected to play today. Additionally, receiver Raheem Mostert is out indefinitely with a knee injury while receiver O.J. Ross (turf toe) is also doubtful. Cornerback Normondo Harris and tackle Justin Kitchens are both questionable with knee injuries while defensive tackle Brandon Taylor (ankle) is listed as probable.
Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets throughout the game as reporter Drew Balis (@drewBbalis) will be in the press box. Editors Kevin Horne (@KevinHornepsu) and Ryan Beckler (@RBecklerpsu) have made the trip and will have some observations from the stands. StateCollege.com reporter Nate Mink (@MinkNate) will also have coverage from the press box.
A recap of coverage from both outlets throughout the week can be found below: