Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Eastern Michigan
Good morning from Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0) are set to face the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0) in the home opener. Penn State won its first game of the season last week against Syracuse while the Eagles topped Howard. Eastern Michigan is led by head coach Ron English, the former defensive coordinator of Michigan and Louisville. Coach English will be looking to bounce back from a tough loss against the Nittany Lions in 2011. Bill O’Brien will face the Eagles for the first time in his career and will try to add on to his team’s two dominant performances against Eastern Michigan during the Paterno era.
Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m.
Television: BTN — Scott Graham (Play-by-play), Chuch Long (Analyst)
Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter), Sirius Ch. 137, XM Ch. 205
Weather: 77 degrees, Mostly Sunny, 10% chance of rain, 53% humidity
Last Time They Met: The Eagles made the trip to Beaver Stadium on September 24, 2011 to face the Nittany Lions. Matt McGloin threw three touchdowns in the game, two to Derek Moye, to lead Penn State to a 34-6 victory over Eastern Michigan. The defense came up strong too, tallying three sacks, forcing two fumbles, and coming up with one interception. Nate Stupar had a great game with seven tackles, including three for a loss and one sack. Glenn Carson and Mike Hull had five tackles each. The Lions will be hoping for a repeat performance this afternoon.
Injuries: Penn State enters the game relatively healthy. 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. Tight end Matt Lehman is out for the season after suffering a serious knee injury last Saturday. Linebacker Mike Hull and tight end Kyle Carter are listed as day-to-day on the injury report and both are noted as “possible” for today’s game. Carter injured his left arm while Hull hurt his knee last week against Syracuse.
Eastern Michigan has no injuries to report.
Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets and Facebook updates throughout the game as reporter Zach Berger (@theZachBerger) will be in the press box and photographer Mitchell Wilston (@mitchellwilston) will be on the field. 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: