About an hour-and-a-half separate us from kickoff between Penn State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and Purdue (3-2, 1-0) here at Beaver Stadium. This is the first time the two teams have met since 2008 – when Daryll Clark and Curtis Painter quarterbacked the respective schools.
The Nittany Lions are looking to improve to 3-0 in the Big Ten and 6-1 overall and become eligible for a post-season bowl game in the process. Without further a due, here are some notes to preview today’s game.
-Rob Bolden was once again the first player off Penn State's team bus when it arrived at the stadium and will start at quarterback for the seventh game in a row.
-Penn State’s defense enters the game ranked fourth in the nation in total defense (250.8 yards per game), fifth in scoring defense (10.5 points per game) and fifth in pass defense (157.7 yards per game). The unit has held five of its six opponents to 10 points or less for the first time since 1978.
-Penn State hasn’t lost to Purdue since Oct. 9, 2004 and holds a 10-3-1 record in the series. The Nittany Lions beat the Boilermakers 20-6 in West Lafayette in 2008.
-The game marks Penn State’s 92nd homecoming game. The program has a 65-21-5 record in games played on Penn State’s homecoming weekend. Former Nittany Lion Adam Taliaferro was this year’s Homecoming Grand Marshal.
-This will be third team the Lions have played from Indiana this season. They beat Indiana State 41-7 in the season opener on Sept. 3 at Indiana 16-10 in the Big Ten opener on Oct. 1.
-Purdue running back Brandon Cottom hails from Newtown, Pa. and is a Council Rock North graduate. The freshman has played in every game and has 70 yards on eight carries. He is one of six Boilermakers from Pennsylvania. Left tackle Jack De Boef (Penn Furnace, State College Area High School), tight end Robert Kugler (Pittsburgh, North Allegheny High School), linebacker Mike Lee (North Braddock, Woodland Hills High), punter Cody Webster (Harrisburg, Central Dauphin East) and linebacker Armstead Williams (Monroeville, Gateway High) are the others.