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.
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:
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With a winter storm watch in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday, State College is expected to receive 4-6 inches of snow and some ice accumulation.
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