Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Central Florida
Good morning from State College where the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) are set to face the Central Florida Knights (2-0) in the first night game of the season at Beaver Stadium. Penn State enters the game undefeated after edging Syracuse in the opener at MetLife Stadium and dominating Eastern Michigan in the home opener last Saturday. UCF has defeated Akron and FIU convincingly coming into Week 3 against Penn State. UCF is led by head coach George O’Leary, a former mentor of Bill O’Brien from their time together at Georgia Tech. O’Brien will face Central Florida for the first time as a head coach and will look to add on to the Nittany Lions’ perfect record (2-0) against the Knights from the Paterno era.
Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m.
Television: BTN — Matt Devlin (Play-by-play), Glen Mason (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: 66 degrees, Sunny, 0% chance of rain, 49% humidity
Last Time They Met: When the teams last faced off in 2004, Zack Mills threw for 229 yards and one touchdown while Tony Hunt ran for 125 yards and three scores. Dan Connor, Paul Posluszny, and Matthew Rice had seven tackles apiece with Connor adding an interception. The Nittany Lions won 37-13.
Injuries: Mike Hull is listed as “possible” on the injury report with a knee injury, but O’Brien said on Tuesday that the linebacker will play. The team is healthy otherwise with the exception of previously reported injuries to Brad Bars, DaeSean Hamilton, Matt Lehman, and Brent Wilkerson, who will all be out Saturday. Wilkerson should return later this season while Bars, Hamilton, and Lehman are out for the year.
UCF starting left tackle Torrian Wilson’s status is in doubt after inuring his knee last week.
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 photographers Mitchell Wilston (@mitchellwilston) and Bobby Chen (@rysChen) 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: