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Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Illinois

Good afternoon from Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (4-3, 1-2) are set to face the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-4, 0-3) in what has become a budding rivalry. Penn State enters the game coming off of a 63-14 loss to Ohio State on the road after a four-overtime upset win against Michigan.

Illinois opened its season with three wins in four non-conference games before losing three straight Big Ten matchups against Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. Illinois is led by head coach Tim Beckman who 5-14 in his second season at the helm. Beckman has yet to win a Big Ten game in 11 tries. Bill O’Brien is facing Illinois for the second time as Penn State’s head coach.

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

Kickoff: 12:00 p.m.

Television: ESPN – Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, and Paul Carcaterra

Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter), XM Ch. 193 and Sirius Ch. 92

Weather: 54 degrees, Partly Cloudy, 10% chance of rain, 69% humidity.

Last Time They Met: Penn State played Illinois on the road last season, posting a decisive 35-7 victory that was certainly emotional. The Illini had multiple coaches waiting in State College last season when the NCAA announced that Penn State players could transfer without having to sit out for a season. That type of behavior was one thing for your average college football team, but this was highly frowned upon coming from a fellow Big Ten team. That made the 35-7 in Illinois one of the more satisfying victories of the season for the Nittany Lions.

Injuries: Penn State is fully healthy heading into the game.

Defensive back V’Angelo Bentley is doubtful with a foot injury. Defensive lineman Vontrell Williams is questionable and also has a foot 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 reporter Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88will also have coverage from the press box.

A recap of coverage from both outlets throughout the week can be found below:

Onward State:

[Video] Bill O’Brien Dresses as the Nittany Lion
Nittany Lions Look To Rebound Against Illinois
Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Illinois
John Urschel Receives NFF Scholar-Athlete Award
O’Brien Ready To Move On From Ohio State Loss
Penn State in the NFL: Midseason Update
Penn State-Minnesota Game Set for Noon Kickoff
Game Day Observations: Ohio State
Penn State Dominated By Strong No. 4 Ohio State Team
StateCollege.com:
Penn State Football and Bill O’Brien: May The Best Man Win
O’Brien Blasts The Chat Room Mentality
The 72 Hours Of Recovery, O’Brien Honest Following Loss
Hackenberg Healthy And Practicing Following Injury Scare
Illinois A Welcome Sight For Nittany Lions Following Loss
O’Brien Isn’t As Bulletproof As Before, And That Means It’s Back To Football For Happy Valley
Penn State Football’s Best 17.6 Seconds Against Ohio State: Allen Robinson’s Touchdown
Learning Now And Winning Later
Handing Out The Grades Following Penn State’s 63-14 Loss To Ohio State
Buckeyes Pound the Nittany Lions, 63-14
 
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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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