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_Jones88) will also have coverage from the press box.
A recap of coverage from both outlets throughout the week can be found below: