Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Iowa

Happy Saturday afternoon! Hopefully everyone is enjoying some of the early college football action leading up to tonight’s game in Kinnick Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0) are set to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0) in a battle of two teams with unblemished conference records to this point. The Hawkeyes are led by Kirk Ferentz, the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten, who has walked the sidelines since in Iowa City since 1999. Bill O’Brien will be looking for his fifth consecutive victory in his first season with the Nittany Lions.

Below is all of the information and media coverage for tonight’s contest.

Kickoff: 8 p.m. (7 p.m. central time)

Television: Big Ten Network — Eric Collins (Play-by-play), Derek Rackley (Analyst), Jon Jansen (Sideline reporter)

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

Weather: 49 degrees, Clear skies

Last Time They Met: Penn State defeated Iowa 13-3 on October 8, 2011 at Beaver Stadium. The game was a classic defensive battle as the Nittany Lions carried a 6-3 lead into the fourth quarter. Three plays into the final quarter, linebacker Gerald Hodges sacked Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg who fumbled on the play. Nate Stupar recovered the fumble around midfield, and the Nittany Lions would embark on an 11 play drive that ended with a two yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt McGloin to tight end Kevin Haplea. The defense would preserve the two score lead with interceptions from safeties Malcolm Willis and Nick Sukay on the next two drives.

Injuries: The Nittany Lions enter the game relatively healthy after the bye week. Freshman linebacker Nyeem Wartman (knee) and reserve guard Mark Arcidiacono (foot) remain out. Starting left tackle Donovan Smith has a broken right hand but will play with a large, white cast on his right hand. The big injury news for Iowa is that sophomore running back Mark Weisman is listed as doubtful after suffering a sprained ankle in last Saturday’s victory over Michigan State. Defensive back Ruben Lile (knee) is out for the season along with running back Barkley Hill (torn ACL). Running back Damon Bullock (head) is out indefinitely. Offensive lineman Drew Clark (disciplinary) is listed as questionable while offensive lineman Austin Blythe and defensive back B.J. Lowery are both expected to return after missing the last two games.

Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets throughout the game and a story shortly after it concludes. Editor Kevin Horne (@KevinHornepsu) will be in Kinnick Stadium and should have some observations from the stands. StateCollege.com reporter Nate Mink (@MinkNate) will also have live coverage from Kinnick Stadium.

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

Onward State:

Matt McGloin on Record Setting Pace

The Quest for a Division Championship: Second Half Schedule Analysis

O’Brien Readies for First Matchup Against Iowa

Faculty Senate Votes Down Statement to the NCAA

Practice Observations: Iowa Week

Iowa Student Government Promotes Sportsmanship

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Iowa

Nittany Lions Hungry for Victory at Iowa

StateCollege.com: 

Get Out Your No. 2 Pencil, It’s a Midterm Exam

No Disciplinary Action Taken on Curtis Dukes for Comments Made to Hometown Paper

Complete Bill O’Brien Transcript for Iowa Week

O’Brien to Reach Out to Family of Paige Raque

Pete Massaro Feeling More Fresh After Bye Week

The Latest on Bill Belton, Curtis Dukes and Akeel Lynch

Ferentz, O’Brien are Strong Branches of Belichick Coaching Tree

The Numbers On Ending a Four-Game Losing Streak at Kinnick Stadium

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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