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NCAA FOOTBALL: PENN STATE vs EASTERN MICHIGAN PREVIEW

on September 06, 2013 10:40 AM

EASTERN MICHIGAN (1-0) at PENN STATE (1-0)

When — Noon Saturday

Where — Beaver Stadium, University Park

TV — Big Ten Network

Coaches — Eastern Michigan: Ron English, fourth season (11-38 Eastern Michigan, 11-38 overall); Penn State: Bill O’Brien, second season (9-4 Penn State, 9-4 overall.)

National rank — Both teams are unranked.

All-time series — Penn State leads, 1-0.

Last meeting — PSU won, 34-6, on Sept. 24, 2011, but the win has since been vacated.

Notable — The Nittany Lions welcome the Eagles for their home opener, where the undefeated 1973 team will be honored at halftime. … Penn State beat Syracuse 23-17 last week. Christian Hackenberg was the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for Penn State since 1910. He completed 22 of his 31 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns and was named the Big Ten freshman of the week. Eastern Michigan topped Howard 24-13. Bronson Hill led the Eagles with 101 yards rushing yards, and seven different receivers caught passes. Junior quarterback Tyler Benz went 19 of 26 for 210 yards. … The Nittany Lions have a 19-3 on-field record against current teams in the Mid-American Conference. … Penn State senior tight end Matt Lehman will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Syracuse. … PSU’s Allen Robinson had seven catches for 133 yards in Week 1, the most of any receiver in the conference. … The Nittany Lions face eight teams in 2013 that played in bowl games last year. … Junior kicker Sam Ficken has made his last 13 field goal attempts, tying the school record.

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