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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. 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:

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Central Florida

Penn State Looks To Stay Undefeated Against Tough Central Florida Team

Onward State Debates: Should Every Home Game be a Whiteout?

The White House Officially Declared for Michigan Game

LB Glenn Carson is Living Up to the Challenge

What Numbers Should Penn State Retire Next?

Onward Debates: Should Penn State Retire Numbers?

O’Brien Praises Mentor, UCF Coach George O’Leary

Game Day Observations: Eastern Michigan

Student White Out Declared for UCF Game

Take Aways From Penn State’s 45-7 Shellacking Of Eastern Michigan

Penn State Football: A Manning Texts Michael Mauti, John Bacon Talks Origins of Book

Next Penn State Football Jerseys to be Retired: Dunn, Higgins, Triplett, Robinson, Ham, Reid, Blackledge…and Poz

Penn State Football: Third Down Conversion Rate More Than Just Third Down

Potential NCAA Rule Change Could Add Interesting Wrinkle To Penn State Sanctions

Penn State Football: O’Brien Confident In Hackenberg’s Ability To Ignore The Noise

Penn State Football: Running Back Corps Happy For Collective Success

Ben State Football: A Weekly Look Inside Nittany Lion Football

Student White Out Declared for UCF Game

Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien and George O’Leary Are Inexorably Linked

Penn State Football: Grading The Nittany Lions Against Eastern Michigan

Penn State Football: A Year Later, a Start That is Two and Oh!

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a 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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