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Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Navy

Good afternoon from Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (0-2) are set to take on the Navy Midshipmen (0-1). The Midshipmen are led by Ken Niumatalolo who is in his fifth year as head coach of the program. Today will be Bill O’Brien’s third attempt at his first win after dropping games to Ohio and Virginia. Several service branches of the military will be honored as part of Military Appreciation Day.

Below is all of the information and media coverage for today:

Military flyover: 3:23 p.m. One of the pilots for this is Lt. Josh Feldman, a former snare drummer in the Blue Band.

Penn State fullback and active Navy officer P.J. Byers will lead the Nittany Lions onto the field, carrying an American flag.

Kickoff: 3:35 p.m.

Television: ABC- Mike Patrick (Play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (Analyst), Jeannine Edwards (Sideline reporter)

Radio: Penn State Sports Network- Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter)

Weather: 67 degrees, Partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain

Last Time They Met: One has to go way back here, as these squads last played on September 21st, 1974. Navy won the contest 7-6 at Beaver Stadium. Most current players would not be born for fifteen more years.

Injuries: Bill Belton (ankle), Derek Day (shoulder), Pete Massaro (shoulder), and Nyeem Wartman (knee) are all listed as “possible.” Donovan Smith is not listed on the injury report but did not practice Wednesday as he was dealing with an ankle injury. Ty Howle (chest) and Marc Arcidiacono (foot) remain out. Tackle Evan Campbell (ankle) is out for Navy, while wide receiver Matt Aiken (knee), offensive lineman Chris Johnson (knee), and Jonathan Wev (concussion) are all listed as doubtful.

Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets throughout the game as reporter Drew Balis (@drewBbalis) will be in the press box. Photographer Katherine Rodriguez (@Kat_Rod) will have pictures from the sidelines. Statecollege.com reporters Ron Musselman (@RMusselmansc), Nate Mink (@MinkNate), Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) and Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman) will also have live coverage throughout the afternoon.

A recap of coverage from both outlets throughout the week can be found below:

Onward State:

Overheard on Twitter: Sam Ficken Had a Bad Day

Leave Sam Ficken Alone

Game Day Observations: University of Virginia

5 Reasons Why You Should Still Do Nittanyville

Nittanyville Says Thank You for the Military

Panel to Discuss Direction of NCAA at State Theatre

Ohio Game Breaks Beaver Stadium Recycling Record

Updates on the Nine Transfers

The Evolution of Allen Robinson

For a Few Nittany Lions, Navy is More Than a Game

Devin Pryor’s Second Chance

The Do’s and Don’ts of Penn State Football Games

50 Stats for Saturday

Unfamiliar Scenario Against an Unfamiliar Foe

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Navy

StateCollege.com: 

Handing Out Grades After Penn State’s 17-16 Loss to Virginia

Fourth Down Calls and Stickin’ with Ficken are O’Brien’s Style

Freshman Jordan Lucas Cited for Alcohol-Related Offense

Steven Bench’s Preparation Led to Rise up Depth Chart, Steady Debut at Virginia

Can a Midseason Tryout Save the Kicking Game?

O’Brien Calls Twitter Attacks on Sam Ficken ‘Ridiculous’

Complete Bill O’Brien Transcript Leading Up to Navy

Panel to Discuss Future of NCAA

Double Duty for Saturday: Navy Game has Added Meaning for PJ Byers

Wide Receiver Shawney Kersey Leaves Team

Navy not Looking at Nittany Lions’ 0-2 Start

4 Keys to Sinking Navy for Bill O’Brien’s First Victory

Belton, Day Both Practicing, But Will They Play?

Stephon Morris Pins Third Down Struggles on Secondary

The Catch About Paul Jones at Tight End

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Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

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