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Sept. 8, 2008
Penn State (2-0) at Syracuse (0-2)
When: Saturday, September 13, 2008
Where: Carrier Dome (49,262)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Series Record: Penn State leads, 40-23-5
Television: The contest will be televised by ABC to a regional audience with Bob Wischusen and Brock Huard calling the action.
The Nittany Lions are appearing on television for the 167th time in their last 169 games.
Radio: Penn State Sports Network (60 stations) Radio Team (9th year) Play-by-Play: Steve Jones; Analysis: Jack Ham Web stream: www.GoPSUsports.com Syracuse ISP Sports Network (Matt Park, play-by-play; Chris Gedney, analysis, Brian Higgins, sideline). Sirius Radio 126.
Penn State Record.....374-125-3 (74.8), 43rd Year
59th year on Penn State staff...tied for all-time lead in career wins among 1-A coaches...300 wins faster than any coach in NCAA history...College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2007.
Syracuse Record.....7-30, 4th Year
vs. Penn State.....0-0
The Series: The Nittany Lions and Orange are meeting for the first time since 1990, with Penn State holding a 40-23-5 series edge. The teams met every season from 1944-90. The 68 games against SU are second-highest among all PSU opponents, trailing only Pittsburgh (96 games).
Syracuse visits Beaver Stadium on Sept. 12, 2009.
Penn State hits the road for the first time this season, visiting old rival Syracuse in the first meeting between the schools since 1990. The Nittany Lions are coming off a 45-14 win over Oregon State on Saturday in Beaver Stadium. The Orange lost to Akron, 42-28 on Saturday.
Penn State has won 33 of its last 42 games overall, tied for the nation's seventh-best record over that span.
The game will be televised by ABC to a regional audience, with coverage also on ESPN GamePlan.
Nittany Lions Thump Beavers
Penn State unleashed a big play offense for the second consecutive week, rolling to a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a 45-14 victory over Oregon State.
The Nittany Lions gained 454 yards, exhibiting great balance with 239 yards rushing and 215 yards passing (7.0). Penn State delivered eight plays of 20 yards or more from scrimmage, giving the Lions 16 such plays in the first two weeks.
Royster eclipsed his previous high of 126 yards vs. Purdue last season en route to Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors. He became the first player under Joe Paterno to have six rushing touchdowns in the first two games of a season.
Clark set career highs across the board, going 14 of 23 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a career-best 61 yards on five carries, including an 18-yard touchdown run, giving him 276 yards of total offense.
Senior wide receiver Jordan Norwood tied his career-high with eight receptions for a career-best 116 yards, including a leaping 22-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.