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Gameday Coverage: No. 6 Penn State vs. UMass Minutemen

No. 6 Penn State football (5-0 overall) returns from the bye week for a matchup against the UMass Minutemen (1-6 overall) at 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are 5-0 this season, while the Minutemen are 1-6.

Saturday’s contest is the annual homecoming game. Additionally, the Nittany Lions will wear their Generations of Greatness uniforms to honor the occasion.


The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. A broadcast crew has not yet been announced as of Thursday evening.


Penn State Sports Network – Steve Jones and Jack Ham Local: 99.5 & 103.7 FM/1450 AM, Sirius/XM/Internet: 83/83/978


It should be a wet one in Happy Valley, with a 96% probability of rain, according to Accuweather. A high of 51 degrees and a low of 45 degrees is currently being forecast, with wind gusts of up to 18 mph also in the cards.

Last Meeting

Penn State’s last and only meeting with UMass was back in 2014, when the Nittany Lions triumphed 48-7 at Beaver Stadium. Bill Belton and Zack Zwinak both had big days, notching two rushing touchdowns each. UMass only scored in the fourth quarter after the Nittany Lions had already scored all 48 of their points.


Malick Meiga and Jameial Lyons both missed Penn State’s last game against Northwestern on September 30, while Trey Wallace was questionable. Their statuses, as well as that of JB Nelson, are unclear. Kaytron Allen left the game against Northwestern early, though he appeared to be practicing in full this week.

Betting Lines

The Nittany Lions are -110 and 41.5-point favorites against the Minutemen, while the over/under is 54.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Media Coverage

Onward State will have you covered throughout the afternoon matchup. Find big plays, analysis, photos, and more on our main Twitter account @OnwardState as well as play-by-play commentary from @OnwardStSports.

Football writers Joe Lister (@iamjoelister), CJ Doebler (@CDoebler), and Nolan Wick (@nolan_wick) will provide you with coverage from inside the Beaver Stadium press box.

Photographers Hailey Stutzman (@stutzhailey) and Sophie Yadzinski will provide visual updates from the field.

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Nolan Wick

Nolan is a third-year journalism major from Silver Spring, Maryland, which means he's an avid fan of all D.C. sports teams. If Nolan isn't writing about or watching sports, you can probably find him listening to all sorts of music or traveling. To keep up with Nolan, you can follow him on Twitter @nolan_wick or email him at [email protected].

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