Indiana Gameday Preview - Nittany Lions Open Big Ten Play
Oct. 4, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following a bye week, the Nittany Lions return to the field on Saturday to kickoff their 21st season in the Big Ten when they collide with Indiana (Noon on BTN).
Penn State (3-1) and Indiana (2-2) will meet for the 17th time when they faceoff inside Memorial Stadium. This marks the fourth-straight season that the Nittany Lions will open Big Ten play on the road. In head coach Bill O'Brien's first season, Penn State knocked off Illinois, 35-7, in the conference opener.
In their last outing, the Nittany Lions were fueled by 287 rushing yards and a dominant performance by the defense in a 34-0 shutout against Kent State. Redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch ran for a season-high 123 yards and Zach Zwinak, who is tied for the NCAA lead in rushing touchdowns (8), visited the end zone three times in the victory. Penn State limited Kent State to just 190 offensive yards.
The Hoosiers also enter conference play following a bye week. Indiana fell to Missouri, 45-28, in its most recent outing on Sep. 21. The Hoosiers are paced by the Big Ten's second-highest scoring offense (44.5 ppg) and the conference's top passing offense (348.5 ypg).
Coaches from both teams will wear Coach to Cure MD patches to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy during Saturday's game. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
Welcome to the Gameday Preview for the first Big Ten game of the 2013 season.