Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Nebraska
Good morning from Lincoln, Nebraska. In a few hours, the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3, 4-1) will take on the eighteen ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2, 4-1) in a Big Ten showdown at Memorial Stadium. The Cornhuskers are led by head coach Bo Pelini who is in his fifth year with the program. Bill O’Brien will be looking to remain undefeated in conference road games during his first season with the Nittany Lions.
Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. central time)
Television: ABC/ESPN2 — 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: 76 degrees, Partly cloudy with gusts of wind over 20 mph, 10% chance of rain beginning at 5 p.m. central time
Last Time They Met: Nebraska defeated Penn State 17-14 at Beaver Stadium on November 12, 2011. A missed 47-yard field goal by Anthony Fera in the opening quarter that would have put the Nittany Lions on the board first proved costly. The Cornhuskers would score the first 17 points of the game with a Brett Maher field goal followed by touchdowns on the ground from running backs Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead. The Nittany Lions finally got on the board late in the third quarter when Stephfon Green scored on a run from 5 yards out. Green would score again with six minutes remaining in the game to cut the Cornhuskers lead to 17-14, but those would be the final points as the Cornhuskers defense stopped the Nittany Lions from crossing midfield on their final two drives. While the contest came down to the final minutes, the day represented more than a game. A week after the beginning of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Nittany Lions took the field without Joe Paterno as head coach. Fans dressed in blue to raise money and awareness to help fight child abuse. Both teams joined together at midfield for a pregame prayer for victims of child sexual abuse led by Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown.
Injuries: The big injury news for the Blue and White centers around Kyle Carter and Jordan Hill. Carter did not travel to Purdue last weekend after suffering a foot injury against Ohio State the week before. He is listed as day-to-day on the weekly injury report and was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. Hill is also listed as day-to-day after injuring his knee last Saturday. Unlike Carter, he looked much more limited in Wednesday’s practice. Running back Curtis Dukes is out with a head injury while reserve guard Mark Arcidiacono remains out with a broken foot. For the Cornhuskers, wide receivers Tyler Wullenwaber and Taariq Allen are both out for the season with knee injuries along with linebacker Zaire Anderson (torn ACL) and defensive end Avery Moss (shoulder). Fullback Mike Marrow is out indefinitely with a knee injury while running backs Rex Burkhead (knee) and Braylon Heard (groin) are both listed a questionable.
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), Ryan Beckler (@RBecklerpsu), and Dave Cole (@DaveColePhoto) are on the trip and will have some observations from the stands. StateCollege.com columnist 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: