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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:

Onward State:

Students Can Purchase Discounted Eastern Michigan Tickets

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Eastern Michigan

Nittany Lions Look To Dominate Eastern Michigan In Home Opener

Sights of Nittanyville: Night One

DaQuan Jones: “It’s My Time To Shine”

Urschel Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Football Award

O’Brien Presser: TE Matt Lehman Is Out For The Season

Bill O’Brien Reaffirms Commitment to Hackenberg, Addresses Hull Injury

Game Day Observations: Syracuse

Penn State’s Victory Over Syracuse Honored With Awful Shirt

Hackenberg and Ficken Earn B1G Player of the Week Accolades

25 Nittany Lions Make NFL Rosters

Take Aways From Penn State’s Season-Opening Victory

StateCollege.com:

Running Game Shouldn’t Be An Issue For Fans, Yet

Matt Zanellato, The Next Man Up

332 Campers Mark Opening Day of Nittanyville

As A Coach, O’Brien Still Not Yet A Finished Product

Winning Brings Out The Humor In Bill O’Brien

O’Brien Keeps Positives In Mind Following Win

Tight End Matt Lehman Out For Year

Syracuse Victory T-Shirt Draws Harsh Media Reaction

Linebacker Mike Hull ‘Probable’ For Eastern Michigan Game

A Weekly Look Inside Covering The Nittany Lions

Penn State Football: For Better or Worse, Hackenberg and O’Brien’s Futures Intertwined

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a StateCollege.com reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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