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Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Kent State

Good afternoon from State College where the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1) are set to face the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-2) in the last non-conference game of the season. Penn State enters the game coming off of a tough loss in a close battle with Central Florida last Saturday under the lights at Beaver Stadium. Kent State won its first game of the season against Liberty before suffering decisive losses to Bowling Green and LSU over the last two weeks. The Golden Flashes are led by head coach Paul Haynes who is in his first season at the helm. Bill O’Brien is facing Kent State for the first time as Penn State’s head coach and will look to add on to the Nittany Lions’ perfect record (3-0) against the Golden Flashes.

Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.

Television: BTN — Kevin Kugler (Play-by-play), Chuck Long (Analyst)

Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter), Sirius Ch. 136, XM Ch. 197

Weather: 67 degrees, Sunny, 100% chance of rain, 86% humidity. The thunder is coming.

Last Time They Met: The Golden Flashes have been no problem for Penn State in three previous games. In the most recent matchup in 2010, the Nittany Lions won 24-0 as Rob Bolden threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Evan Royster added a touchdown run of his own. On the defense, Stephon Morris led the unit with nine tackles while Devon Still had 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack in the shutout.

Injuries: Penn State is perfectly healthy as Mike Hull and Kyle Carter are no longer listed on the injury report.

Offensive lineman Pat McShane is doubtful with a knee injury for Kent State. Dri Archer, the team’s best player and starting running back, is doubtful with an ankle injury. Defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix is probable with a back injury.

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:

Onward State:

On Culture and #Culture

What’s The Deal With The Empty Seats?

Ty Howle Finally the Center of Attention

Penn State Looks To Get Back On Track Against Kent State

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Kent State

Report: Penn State Finalizing Series With West Virginia

Through Three Games, Hackenberg Has Outperformed Most Penn State Greats

Professor O’Brien Gives Hackenberg a “B” For His Play

Game Day Observations: UCF

Take Aways From Penn State’s First Loss of the Season Against Central Florida

StateCollege.com:

Penn State Football: Five Keys To Beating Kent State

Nittany Lions Football Fans Get Set for Third Annual ‘Blue Out’ at Kent State Game

Penn State Football: Bill O’Brien’s NFL-Like Roster is ‘Next Play Up’

Penn State Expecting Ireland Trip To Be Profitable Endeavor

Added Costs, Declining Revenue Hurting Penn State Athletics: University May Take Out $30 Million Loan

Penn State Football: Hackenberg Making The Grade In O’Brien’s Eyes

Penn State Football: ‘We Don’t Overreact’ O’Brien Says Following UCF Loss

Ben State Football: A Weekly Look Inside Covering The Nittany Lions

Allen Robinson Leads Fan Vote for Biletnikoff Award

Penn State Football: Kent State Coach Paul Haynes Knows All About Beaver Stadium

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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