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Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. UMass

Hello Penn State fans!

The Penn State football team is set to take on UMass this weekend in the first home game since the NCAA sanctions were reduced. The undefeated Nittany Lions defeated Rutgers 13-10 last weekend in the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten opener. UMass comes into Beaver Stadium with an 0-3 record after dropping games to Boston College, Colorado, and Vanderbilt. There are two former Nittany Lions on the UMass team: Quarterback Austin Whipple, who transferred to play under his father, head coach Mark Whipple, and Alex Kenney, who graduated from Penn State last year and enrolled at UMass as a graduate student.

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

Kickoff: 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Television: Big Ten Network — Kevin Kugler, Glen Mason and Lisa Byington.

Radio: Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones, Jack Ham, and Loren Crispell. Local: 93.7 FM, and 1450 AM. Sirius: Ch. 112. XM: Ch. 201

Weather: For the first time this season, the skies should be clear for a Penn State football game. The high is 73 degrees, and it should be around 72 degrees for the kickoff. There is a 0% chance of precipitation.

Last Time They Met: This will be the first time the Nittany Lions and the Minutemen meet on the football field.

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

Media Coverage: We’ve decided to cover the game in a new format this week. Be sure to follow both @OnwardState and @OnwardStSports — our sports-specific Twitter account — to receive the full game experience. Our main account will tweet photos, big plays, and other interesting information throughout the game, and @OnwardStSports will tweet play-by-play, statistics, and analysis. You can also follow along with the game on Facebook, and on our live blog.

Onward State will have three writers in the press box this week. Alex Robinson (@ARobinsonPSU) and Zach Berger (@theZachBerger) will return to the box, and David Abruzzese (@abruz11) will make his debut. Bobby Chen (@rysChen) and Hannah Bryne (@hanleighbyrne) will be taking photos on the field. For updates from 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:

Band Jam to Highlight UMass Pregame Activities

Staff Predictions: Penn State vs. UMass

McLanahan’s Selling Shirts To Benefit Devon Still’s Family

The Rise Of A Star: DaeSean Hamilton

Tim Shaw Shares Story Of Fight Against ALS With Sports Illustrated

Penn State-Rutgers Reels In Big Ratings

Blue Out Pegged For Michigan State Game on Nov. 29

Power Ranking Gary Nova’s Five Interceptions

Trevor Williams Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

Leaving Piscataway Victorious: Putting The Win In Context

Lions Receive Commitment from New Jersey’s Daiquan Kelly

Takeaways: Penn State Chops Rutgers

Penn State Escapes Rutgers With A 13-10 Victory

StateCollege.com:

Penn State Football: Previewing The Opponent: UMass

The Trouble With Penn State Football Players? Nothing

Penn State Football: James Franklin Radio Show Highlights

Penn State Football: Hamilton A Star In Making After Delayed Start To Career

Penn State Football: Franklin Looking To Tight Ends For Help In Running Game

Penn State Football: With Hectic Travel Over, Nittany Lions Face Long Stretch At Home

Penn State Football: Red, Yellow, And Green Eligibility Under Franklin

Penn State Football: James Franklin Press Conference Updates

Penn State Football: Hackenberg Can Eye Big Ten Season Record If Numbers Continue

Ben State Football: As Sanction Era Draws To A Close Even 19-12 Looks Just Fine

About the Author

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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