By Anita Nham:
Bowl-eligible Penn State (6-4, 2-4) will take its final road trip of the regular season to take on Illinois (4-6, 1-5) at Memorial Stadium for a noon kickoff. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.
The Nittany Lions
Penn State’s (5-4, 2-4) Military Appreciation Day game against Temple (5-4, 3-3 AAC) will kick off at noon on Saturday at Beaver Stadium for their last non-conference game of the season. The game will be broadcasted on the radio The Lion 90.7 FM, on the internet here at thelion.fm, and on TV by tuning to ESPN2.
ROTC elite, active duty, Wounded Warriors and veterans will be honored throughout the contest.
The Nittany Lions broke their four-game losing streak last weekend with a 13-7 win at Indiana.
Penn State (4-4; 1-4) will travel to Bloomington for a matchup against Indiana (3-5; 0-4) for a noon kickoff on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions have lost four straight games, most recently against Maryland this past weekend at Beaver Stadium. With a final score of 20-19, Penn State fell to the Terrapins due to a late field goal.
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After a heartbreaking lost against Ohio State last Saturday, Penn State (4-3;1-3) will finish off their two-game home stand as they take on Maryland (5-3; 2-2) for the annual THON game at noon Saturday.
THON will present this year’s logo during the game.
This season, Penn State (4-1) has already traveled overseas, competed in five games, and will now be coming off a bye week. The Nittany Lions will return to action this Saturday as they face off against Michigan (2-4) at Michigan Stadium at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. This will be Penn State’s second Big Ten road contest of the season and Michigan’s first home night Big Ten game.
Penn State and Michigan played their first game in 1993 and have met up 16 times since then. The Nittany Lions have won the last four meetings (three of them vacated), but the Wolverines have a 10-7 lead in the series.
There are only 25 college football teams that are still undefeated and one of them is Penn State. The Nittany Lions (4-0; 1-0 Big Ten) hope to maintain their streak as they face off Northwestern (1-2; 0-0 Big Ten) in a 12 p.m. ET matchup this Saturday at Beaver Stadium on BTN and THE LION 90.7 FM.
Penn State and Northwestern are meeting up on Penn State’s 95th Homecoming, but the Wildcats have already ventured to Beaver Stadium two times prior on Homecoming Day. The Nittany Lions earned a win in 2002 and ten years later in 2012, Penn State edged passed Northwestern once again in a 39-28 victory.
Penn State will be riding the momentum from last week after having no trouble defeating Massachusetts by a score of 48-7. It was the team’s most complete performance of the season thus far as Penn State rushed for 228 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground.
The ground game was working for Penn State today. A total of five rushing touchdowns were scored by three different running backs. It was a revolution in rushing to say the least. The Nittany Lions ended the day with 228 of their 464 total yards coming on the ground.
It wasn’t a complete domination of UMass over all four quarters. Penn State only led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. However Penn State did score on their first eight possessions. The defensive starters did their jobs also, UMass didn’t see points until the reserve defenders came into the game mid-third quarter.
Penn State came into the game a 28.5-point favorite and they left the field knowing they did exactly what they were supposed to. The Nittany Lions established the run early on, which allowed QB Christian Hackenberg to play conservative. Hackenberg was 12-23 for 179 yards passing, no touchdowns but also no interceptions. #14’s major contribution was the 38-yard connection with receiver Geno Lewis, which set up an eventual rushing touchdown by Zach Zwinak.
Penn State featured a total of four running backs. Head Coach James Franklin said all the running backs “have the ability to make plays.” The fourth, Cole Chiappialle took his 16 carries and gained 35 yards during garbage time as Penn State led by 41 points. Franklin seemed pleased with the job Chiappialle did as the closer.
Penn State (3-0) returns to Beaver Stadium this Saturday for its second home game of the season where it will take on UMass (0-3) at 4 p.m. on BTN and THE LION 90.7 FM. This will be the first meeting between the Nittany Lions and the Minutemen.
The Lions enter the game with energy and momentum after a 13-10 win at Rutgers last Saturday in the Big Ten conference opener. Penn State notched the win in the final minutes with its second late fourth-quarter rally of the season. Senior and New Jersey native Bill Belton scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard rush with 1:13 left to play.
“Overall, I’d say it was a great team victory, and by that I mean that’s the offense, that’s the defense, that’s the special teams, that’s the coaches, that’s the trainers, doctors, that’s the administration;,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said. “That’s everybody that has a part, academic support, great team victory, really proud of the guys for that. Really pleased with how they persevered in a really difficult, hostile environment.”