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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. 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:

Onward State:

Ramped Up Student Section Security to Continue

Penn State Primed To Roll Over Purdue On Saturday

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Purdue

Five Keys To Beating Purdue On Saturday

Four Former Nittany Lions Win NFL Player of the Week Honors In 2013

Bill O’Brien Taking Things One Week At A Time

Grading The Nittany Lions’ 24-10 Loss To Minnesota

10 Questions With Penn State Football All-American Bruce Bannon

Game Day Observations: Minnesota

Missteps Bury Penn State In 24-10 Loss To Minnesota 

Penn State Football’s Depth Chart is Missing One Thing

Kline To Miss Remainder Of Season, Robinson Shoulder Injury Not Serious

Purdue Provides Nittany Lions With Rebound And Risk

Penn State Football (Still) a Program in Transition

Handing Out The Grades Following Penn State’s 24-10 Loss To Minnesota

At A Loss for Both Compliments and Complements

Penn State-Minnesota Live Blog: Minnesota Wins 24-10

Weather or Not, Taking a Run at Minnesota

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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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