Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Purdue
Good morning from Beaver Stadium where the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-4, 2-3) are set to face the Purdue Boilermakers (1-8, 0-5) this afternoon. Penn State enters the game coming off of a 24-10 loss to Minnesota on the road last Saturday. Zach Zwinak carried the ball 27 times for 146 yards and a touchdown but the team simply could not put it together.
Purdue has had a trainwreck of a season, winning one game against Indiana State back in September but losing its other seven matchups. With freshman quarterback Danny Etling taking the reins in early October, the Boilermakers have yet to win a conference game and have little success on offense or defense.
Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is in his first year with Purdue after coaching Kent State for two seasons and leading the Golden Flashes to an 8-0 conference record and a bowl game last year. Bill O’Brien has yet to face off against Hazell.
Below is all of the media information and coverage for today:
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m.
Television: Big Ten Network — Eric Collins, Chuck Long, and Jon Jansen
Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter)
Weather: 53 degrees, Partly Cloudy, no chance of rain, 64% humidity.
Last Time They Met: The Nittany Lions are 12-3-1 against the Boilermakers. In the last meeting in 2012, Penn State defeated Purdue on the road 34-9. Matt McGloin threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Felder led the way for the receivers, pulling in six catches for 129 yards and a score. Michael Zordich ran for two scores while Zwinak totaled 134 yards running the ball.
Injuries: Ben Kline is out for the season with a pectoral tear that will require surgery in addition to an offseason shoulder surgery that the linebacker has scheduled. Akeel Lynch is questionable with an MCL sprain suffered against Ohio State after returning to practice this week.
Purdue defensive lineman Dominic Alvis is questionable with a back injury.
Media Coverage: @OnwardState will have live tweets and Facebook updates throughout the game as writer 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:
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