Less than an hour separates us from kickoff between Penn State and Indiana at Memorial Stadium. To keep you occupied until then, here are some pre-game notes. Once the game starts, follow our live-chat for play-by-play and analysis of the game.
-Today’s Big Ten opener at Indiana will mark coach Joe Paterno’s 700th game on Penn State’s coaching staff. Paterno joined the staff in 1950 as an assistant to Rip Engel, his head coach at Brown University, and became Penn State’s head coach in 1966. The program owns a 508-184-7 record since Paterno came to Happy Valley.
-In 14 meetings, the Nittany Lions have not lost to the Hoosiers. They won 41-24 in last season’s meeting, which was at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. But many people forget that game was tied at 24 before Penn State blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown to break open the game.
-Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye is one reception away from tying O.J. McDuffie (1988-92) with 125 receptions to rank fifth all-time in program history. In last week’s win against Eastern Michigan, the fifth-year senior and team co-captain became the sixth player in school history to tally 2,000 receiving yards.