Happy Saturday from a cold Beaver Stadium where low temperatures and potential snow flurries will only add to the emotion surrounding today’s Senior Day clash between the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-4, 5-2) and the Wisconsin Badgers (7-4, 4-3). Bill O’Brien’s first season with the Nittany Lions has been quite a journey, and he will be looking to end it on a high note. In his seventh season in charge of the Badgers’ program, Bret Bielema will be searching for a victory before next week’s Big Ten Championship game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:
Blue buses arrive: 12:50 p.m.
Senior Day ceremony (including adding the year “2012” to the Beaver Stadium facade): 3 p.m.
Kickoff: 3: 30 p.m.
Television: ESPN2 — Mark Jones (Play-by-play), Brock Huard (Analyst), Jessica Mendoza (Sideline reporter)
Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter)
Weather: 34 degrees, Few snow showers, Winds reaching 21 mph
Last Time They Met: Wisconsin defeated Penn State 45-7 on November 26, 2011 with a trip to the conference championship game on the line. The Nittany Lions struck first six minutes into the game when Matt McGloin hit a wide open Curtis Drake for a 44-yard touchdown, but things would go downhill from there for the Blue and White. Russell Wilson found Jared Abbrederis for a 21-yard touchdown on Wisconsin’s next drive. A McGloin interception followed by a Montee Ball touchdown put the Badgers in the lead 14-7. They would go on to score two more touchdowns in the final three minutes of the first half, and the rout was on. Ball finished with 4 touchdowns as the Badgers went on to Indianapolis and ultimately played in the Rose Bowl. For the Nittany Lions, it was the beginning of a four-game losing streak that wrapped into this season.
Injuries: After being healthy for much of the season, the Nittany Lions enter today’s contest with some significant injuries. Michael Mauti (knee) and Kyle Carter (wrist) are both out. Defensive tackle James Terry (foot), safety Malcolm Willis (knee), and fourth-string running back Curtis Dukes (head) are all listed as day-to-day on the weekly injury report. Reserve guard Mark Arcidiacono also remains out with a foot injury. For the Badgers, linebacker Cody Byers (concussion), defensive lineman Jesse Hayes (leg), and quarterback Joel Stave (broken collarbone) are all out for the season. Starting middle linebacker Chris Borland (hamstring) and offensive lineman Rob Havenstein (knee) are both questionable for today.
Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets throughout the day as reporter Drew Balis (@drewBbalis) will be in the press box. Photographer Dave Cole (@DaveColePhoto) will have pictures from the sidelines. StateCollege.com reporters Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88), Nate Mink (@MinkNate), and Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman) will also have live coverage during the game.
A recap of coverage from both outlets throughout the week can be found below: