Thursday, January 29, 2015

Penn State - Indiana Pre-game notes

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 updates and analysis of the game.

Penn State – Indiana Pre-game notes

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.

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-First-year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson was the offensive coordinator at Northwestern from 1999-2001. During his time in Evanston, he coached against the Nittany Lions just once – in 2001. That game resulted in a 38-35 Penn State victory. 

-Two Nittany Lions hail from Indiana. Backup punter Alex Butterworth, a sophomore, is from Indianapolis and backup place kicker Sam Ficken, a true freshman, is from Valparaiso, Ind.

-Javon Cornley, the younger brother of former Penn State basketball forward Jamelle Cornley, is a sophomore defensive end for the Hoosiers. Jamelle was the MVP of the NIT when Penn State won it in 2009 and finished his career fourth all-time in program history in scoring (1,579) and rebounding (755). Javon, Indiana’s second-string left defensive end, has five tackles on the season.

--Jake Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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