Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Northwestern

Good morning from Beaver Stadium. It is homecoming in Happy Valley where the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) are set to host the No. 24 Northwestern Wildcats (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). The Wildcats are led by Pat Fitzgerald who is in his seventh year as head coach of the program but still searching for his first victory over the Nittany Lions. Bill O’Brien will be looking to build upon his current three game winning streak in his first season coaching the blue and white.

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

Blue Buses Arrive: 9:15 a.m.

Kickoff: Noon

Television: ESPN- Dave Pasch (Play-by-play), Brian Griese (Analyst), Jenn Brown (Sideline reporter)

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

Weather: 54 degrees, Partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain. Early rain showers should come to a stop before kickoff.

Last Time They Met: Penn State defeated Northwestern 34-24 at Ryan Field on October 22, 2011. Matt McGloin started his first game of the season and made the most of it completing over 65% of his passes and throwing for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. There were several lead changes before the Nittany Lions took a 27-24 lead on a Stephfon Green touchdown right before halftime. A big interception by Gerald Hodges keyed a strong second half by the defense that preserved the win and brought Joe Paterno’s squad to 7-1 on the season.

Injuries: The injury report for Penn State is relatively thin this week. Defensive end Pete Massaro (shoulder) is listed as possible, but O’Brien said on Tuesday that he expects him to play. Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (knee) and backup guard Mark Arcidiacono (foot) remain out. For the Wildcats, defensive backs Jimmy Hall and Daniel Jones are questionable along with wide receiver Mike Jensen. Safety Hunter Bates is 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 Dave Cole (@DaveColePhoto) will have pictures from the sidelines. StateCollege.com reporters Nate Mink (@MinkNate), Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88), and 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:

Onward State:

Game Day Observations: Illinois

Michael Mauti Brings Home Awards

The Anatomy of a Whiteout Declaration

Nittany Lions Learning How to Finish Games

Bill O’Brien Urges Students to Arrive Early on Saturday

Change has Become Normal for Bill Belton

Official Nittanyville Whiteout Video

10 Questions with Shane McGregor’s Hair 

NLC Announces New “One Team Commitment” Plan

Former Penn State NCAA Rep Critical of Sanctions

Panelists Discuss Future of NCAA at State Theatre

Bill O’Brien is the Right Man for the Job

Get Excited, It’s Homecoming

Why You Should Be an Ohio State Fan this Season

Tyrone Smith Gets His Chance

50 Stats for Saturday: Northwestern

Golden Opportunity Awaits Against Wildcats

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Northwestern

StateCollege.com:

Mauti Named National Defensive Player of the Week

Lions Take Pride in Early Season Strides

Fuhrman Doesn’t Fumble Chance After 20-Year, 54-Game Wait

O’Brien Makes Pitch to Recruits as Team Zeroes in on Critical Juncture of Season

Complete Bill O’Brien Transcript for Northwestern Week

Honest, Upfront Approach By Coaching Staff is Playing Key Role in Team’s Development

Maxwell Club’s Q&A with Tackle Mike Farrell

Nittany Lion Club to Alter STEP Program

“Paterno” Book Sales Underwhelm, Off NYT Bestseller’s List, Per Report 

Former NCAA Leaders: Penn State Got Raw Deal with Penalties, but No Room for Recourse

Penn State Football Lends Hand at Centre County Historical Society

At Quarterback, Matt McGloin is the Last Lion Standing

Little Lions Win Thriller on Final Play Over Chambersburg

Intense Week Culminates with Chance to Take Down Top 25 Foe

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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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