Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. Rutgers

Hello Penn State fans!

The Penn State football team is set to take on Rutgers tonight at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. Historically, the series has been quite lopsided in Penn State’s favor, but the Scarlet Knights are looking to turn that around in their first game as members of the Big Ten conference. Rutgers is coming into the game undefeated after beating FCS opponent Howard 38-25 last weekend. Penn State is also undefeated after beating UCF in Ireland, and defeating Akron in James Franklin’s home opener last week.

The two teams say they have different outlooks coming into the game, but we know that isn’t necessarily the case. Penn State, with 15 players from the state of New Jersey, is excited to return to the Garden State and put on a show, while Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Caroo said that this game could “change New Jersey and Rutgers football forever.”

Below is all of the media information you’ll need for Saturday’s game:

Kickoff: 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Television: Big Ten Network — Kevin Kugler, Glen Mason, Shaun O’Hara, and Tina Cervasio.

Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones, Jack Ham, and Loren Crispell. Local: 93.7 FM, and 1450 AM.

Weather: It’s gonna be a wet one, folks. There’s about a 50% chance of rain throughout the day. That percentage goes up to 70% for the second half of the game, at about 10 p.m. The high during the day is 73 degrees, and it should be about 65 degrees at kickoff.

Last Time They Met: In 1995, the Nittany Lions defeated Rutgers 59-34 at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands. The game is notable for the post-game interaction between Joe Paterno and former Rutgers coach Doug Graber. Quarterback Matt McQueary threw a late touchdown to put Penn State ahead by 25, and it rubbed Graber the wrong way. At the post-game coaches handshake, Graber had a few choice words for Paterno, and TV cameras caught the whole interaction.

Injuries: Miles Dieffenbach (knee), Adam Breneman (knee), and Ben Kline (Achilles) are all out for the year for the Nittany Lions.

Media Coverage: @OnwardState and @OnwardStSports will have live tweets and Facebook updates throughout the game. Sports Editor Alex Robinson (@ARobinsonPSU) and Social Media Manager Greg Schlosser (@G_Schlosser825) will be covering the game from the press box, and Zach Berger (@theZachBerger) will be taking photos on the field. For StateCollege.com, follow Ben  Jones (@Ben_Jones88) and Mike Poorman (@PSUPoorman).

A recap of our coverage from throughout the week, and coverage from StateCollege.com, can be found below:

Onward State:

Distraction Of The Day: James Franklin Tells Player To Get To Class On Twitter

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. Rutgers

Rutgers Breakdown: Who Are The Key Players?

A Love Letter To Rutgers

The History Of The Penn State vs. Rutgers Rivalry

Players Briefly Celebrate Monday, But Are Back To Work On Tuesday

Franklin: Nittany Lions Have “The Ability To Chase Their Dreams Now”

With Sanctions In The Past, Future Is Bright For Penn State Football

NCAA Announces Removal of Postseason Ban For This Season, Scholarship Restoration by 2015-16

Jesse James Already Proving He’s One Of The Best

StateCollege.com:

Penn State Football: Future Nittany Lion Brandon Wimbush Puts Together An Unreal Performance Thursday

Penn State Football: Previewing The Opponent: Rutgers

Penn State Football: Franklin’s Jab At Rutgers Subtle In Battle Of Proper Nouns

Ben State Football: History Is In Penn State’s Favor, But Week 3 Might Be Biggest Meeting Yet

Penn State Football: James Heads South By Southeast Yet Again

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Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson was Onward State's Acting Managing Editor/Resident Old Man. He lived in Harrisburg almost his whole life, but he says he's from California -- where he was born -- because that's more fun. He loves cats and Chinese food, but only separately. He met both Ben Affleck and Kanye West within a half hour, so the three of them are basically best friends. If you want to hear his #scorching #hot #takes, you can follow him at @ARobinsonPSU or email him at [email protected]

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