Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Syracuse
It’s finally here folks! Greetings from East Rutherford, New Jersey where the Penn State Nittany Lions (0-0) are set to kick off its 2013 campaign against the Syracuse Orange (0-0) in a neutral site matchup at MetLife Stadium. The Orange are led by head coach Scott Shafer who will begin his first season at the helm after serving as defensive coordinator for the previous four seasons. Bill O’Brien returns for his second season as Penn State’s head coach as true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg will look to start Penn State’s season on a positive note.
Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Television: ABC/ESPN2 — 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: 82 degrees, Scattered T-storms, 40% chance of rain, 77% humidity
Last Time They Met: Penn State posted a 28-7 victory over Syracuse nearly four years ago on September 12, 2009. Penn State’s defense shutdown ‘Cuse quarterback Greg Paulus as Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark threw for 240 yards and completed 20 of 31 passes. Clark connected with Evan Royster, Mickey Shuler, and Graham Zug for touchdowns — names that shouldn’t be too far off for Nittany Lions fans. Royster also added a 12-yard touchdown run of his own in the second quarter. Penn State linebackers Sean Lee (13) and Josh Hull (11) both recorded double-digit tackle performances.
Injuries: Penn State enters the opener relatively healthy with only three players listed on the injury report. Defensive end Brad Bars is out for the year with a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered over the summer. True freshman wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton will miss the season with a wrist injury. Redshirt freshman tight end Brent Wilkerson is out for the foreseeable future with a back injury. Right tackle Adam Gress and linebacker Ben Kline dealt with knee and shoulder injuries respectively during training camp but are both ready to go and do not appear on the weekly report.
For Syracuse, junior wide receivers Keenan Hale (torn ACL) and Macauley Hill (lower body injury) are both out for the season.
Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets throughout the game as reporter Zach Berger (@theZachBerger) will be in the press box and photographer Mitchell Wilston (@mitchellwilston) will be on the field. Editors Kevin Horne (@KevinHornePSU) and Bill DiFilippo (@bflip33) have made the trip and will have some observations from the stands. StateCollege.com reporters Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) and Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman) will also have coverage from the press box.
A recap of coverage from both outlets throughout the week can be found below: