Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Akron
Good morning Penn State fans!
The Penn State football team is set to take on Akron today at noon in James Franklin’s first home game as head coach. Both teams won their first games last weekend and are coming into the matchup undefeated. The Nittany Lions beat UCF 26-24 in James Franklin’s debut last weekend in Dublin, Ireland. Sam Ficken was 4-4 on field goals, including the game-winner as time expired, and Christian Hackenberg broke Zack Mills’ single-game passing record, throwing for 454 yards. Akron defeated Howard University last weekend 41-0 behind quarterback Kyle Pohl’s 308 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Below is all of the media information you’ll need for Saturday’s game:
Kickoff: 12 p.m. Eastern time
Television: Either ABC or ESPN2 — Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards
Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones (Play-by-play), Jack Ham (Analyst), Loren Crispell (Sideline reporter). Local: 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, Sirius Ch. 113, XM Ch. 195
Weather: Tomorrow’s weather could be potentially problematic by the time game time rolls around. The high is 77 degrees, but thunderstorms are predicted to hit in the morning and afternoon. Penn State has released a thunderstorm evacuation plan for fans to follow in case of emergency.
Last Time They Met: In 2008, Penn State jumped to a 31-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 31-7 victory. Daryll Clark threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and the Nittany Lion defense held Akron to just 186 yards.
Media Coverage: @OnwardState and @OnwardStSports will have live tweets and Facebook updates throughout the game. Sports editor Alex Robinson (@ARobinsonPSU) and staff writer Ben Berkman (@ben_berkman) will be covering the game from the press box, and Bobby Chen (@ryschen) will be taking photos on the field. For StateCollege.com, Ben Jones and Mike Poorman will be in the box.
A recap of our coverage from throughout the week, and coverage from StateCollege.com, can be found below: