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Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Temple

Good afternoon from Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-2) are set to host the Temple Owls (1-1). The Owls are led by Steve Addazio who is in his second year coaching the program. His team will try to defeat Penn State for the first time since 1941 as Bill O’Brien aims for his second straight victory. The game has been declared a “Blue Out” in order to raise money and awareness towards fighting child sexual abuse, and several members of the 1982 National Championship team will be honored at halftime.

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

Blue buses arrive: 12:50 p.m.

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: 68 degrees, Partly cloudy, 30% chance of rain.

Last Time They Met: Penn State defeated Temple 14-10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on September 17, 2011. A one yard touchdown run by Michael Zordich with 3:06 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Nittany Lions their first lead of the day. Temple would move the ball to the Penn State thirty four yard line before a final drive stalled.

Injuries: Running backs Bill Belton (ankle) and Derek Day (shoulder) are once again listed as “possible.” Day practiced on Wednesday, but Belton did not. Reserve offensive lineman Ty Howle (chest) is also possible whereas Mark Arcidiacono (foot), Nyeem Wartman( knee) and Pete Massaro (shoulder) have been ruled out. While not listed on the injury report, Donovan Smith (lower leg) will be worth monitoring in pregame warmups. Temple enters the game relatively healthy. Running back Montel Harris is listed as probable after missing the Owls’ loss to Maryland with a hamstring injury. Right guard Jaimen Newman is not expected to play with an undisclosed injury. An updated Temple depth chat can be found here.

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 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: 

Game Day Observations: Navy

Mauti, Barnes Earn Player of the Week Honors

Questions for Bill O’Brien to Ponder

Michael Zordich Leading On and Off the Field

Top 10 Tailgate Food Ideas

Distraction of the Day: JoePa and Burger King

David Joyner to Remain Athletic Director Until 2014

Alumni: Don’t Be Stupid About the Blue Out

A Possible Renewal of the Penn State-Pitt Rivalry

Marine Brent Smith’s Journey to Penn State Football

50 Stats for Saturday: Temple

Seventy-One Year Unbeaten Streak On the Line

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Temple

Statecollege.com:

Zordich Goes to O’Brien for Increased Role in Offense

The State of the Defense? Evolving

Open Tryout Set for Wednesday

Complete Bill O’Brien News Conference for Temple Week

Defensive End Deion Barnes Making an Impact

Hull of a Strength: Mike Hull a Vital Piece to Defense and Penn State Football Future

“Supa Six” Have Been Solid Through Three Games

Former Pushover Temple Now a Benchmark Game

What Took so Long? Allen Robinson’s Hot Start Strengthens Argument for Earlier Opportunities

The Culture of Tailgating

State College Drops 33-12 Decision to Harrisburg on Homecoming

Saturday Video Profile: The Brains Behind the Blue Out

3 Keys to Picking up Win No. 2

About the Author

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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