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Gameday Coverage: No. 11 Penn State vs. Rutgers

The season is winding down, folks.

Penn State will take its final road trip of the campaign to meet Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Nittany Lions are coming off a dominant 30-0 victory over Maryland at Beaver Stadium last weekend and are rolling with their eyes set on a New Year’s Six bowl berth. On the other hand, Rutgers is 4-6 and hoping to win its final two games to become bowl eligible.

Both teams have something left to play for this season. So, here’s everything you need to know about Penn State’s final road game of the season.

Television

Saturday’s matchup will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network. Brandon Gaudin and Jake Butt will be on the call, while Rick Pizzo provides updates from the sidelines.

Radio

Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones, Jack Ham, and Brian Tripp
Local: 99.5 & 103.7 FM/1450 AM, Sirius/XM/Internet: 83/83/966

Weather

Expect a chilly day in Piscataway, folks. Temperatures at kickoff will come in at around 40 degrees, with the wind staying at around 10 miles per hour and coming down as the game goes on, according to AccuWeather. Luckily, it will be dry with a 0% chance of precipitation.

Last Meeting

Penn State pitched a shutout against Rutgers, defeating the Scarlet Knights 28-0 at Beaver Stadium to wrap up its 2021 home schedule. Christian Veilleux made his Penn State debut when Sean Clifford left the game with an undisclosed injury. The then-true freshman went 15-of-24 for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Parker Washington led the charge for Penn State’s receiving core, bringing in six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

On the other side of the ball, Penn State held Rutgers to just 160 yards of total offense, with included only 67 passing yards. Jonathan Sutherland forced the game’s lone turnover with 6:20 remaining when he picked off a pass from Gavin Wimsatt.

Injuries/Suspensions

Defensive end Zuriah Fisher, who was supposedly out for the season, surprisingly played against Maryland last week, so it’s possible we see him this week. Keyvone Lee has been battling his own undisclosed injury, so his status is known. Olu Fashanu is week-to-week, and Landon Tengwall is out for the season. Joey Porter Jr’s status is also unknown, as he was out with appendicitis last weekend.

The Scarlet Knights are a bit banged up, as well. Linebacker Deion Jennings and center Ireland Brown are questionable, while Greg Schiano said tight end Victor Konopka is most likely out for the season.

Betting Lines

Penn State is currently a 19.5-point favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook. The over/under is set at 44.5 points.

Media Coverage

Onward State will have you covered throughout today’s game. You can find big plays, photos, analysis, and more on our main @OnwardState Twitter account and Facebook page, and we’ll also provide play-by-play commentary from @OnwardStSports.

Football writers Sam Fremin (@SamFremin), Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9), and Frankie Marzano (@frankiemarzano) will have you covered from inside of SHI Stadium’s press box.

Photographers Alysa Rubin (@arubin241) and Teagan Staudenmeier (@teag_42) will provide visual updates from the field as well.

Onward State

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected]

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