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On location: Penn State 45, Eastern Michigan 7

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Penn State (1-0) vs. Eastern Michigan (1-0)

Time: 12:02 p.m.

Site: Beaver Stadium

TV, radio: Big Ten Network, 93.7 The Fan, Penn State Sports Network

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Penn State page. Chris Adamski and I are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. SeanAY says:


    What’s funny is, Eastern Michigan is probably playing in front of more fans today than they will in all of their home games combined.

  2. JohninOshkosh says:

    Most preseason publications had the Eagles finishing last in the West Division of the MAC. EMU coming off a 08/31 victory over Howard. Tyler Benz is a fairly decent passer but almost no mobility. If the Lions pressure him, he will end up on his back a lot. Not a very creative offense.

    Two years ago EMU loss 34-6 to PSU at Beaver Stadium. The Eagles have never beaten a Big Ten team.

    This is the kind of game season ticket holders are heading for the exits at the end of the third quarter. If PSU has trouble here, that will not be a good sign for the Lions.

    I’ll go 49-10 Penn State.

  3. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nice pic of the tailgating, Dejan. Wonder if any of those folks are loonies ?

    Beautiful area of the world, I must say.

  4. radio wave says:

    John are you going to the equally lopsided Wisconsin game today? I just saw a note on Twitter that Wisconsin is paying your opponent 500 K to show up.

  5. JohninOshkosh says:

    No gave the tickets to my nephew. First Badger game for him. I didn’t want to sit through the heat, humidity and possible rain to see another blowout. At least I hope it’s a blowout.

    I read the Big Ten is phasing out FCS schools on their schedules with Maryland and Rutgers coming in.

  6. pattonbb says:

    This is supposed to be a blowout, right?

  7. radio wave says:

    Not a good sign if you’re having difficulty against the worst team in the mid-American conference.

  8. pattonbb says:

    They’ll run away from them in the 2nd half.

  9. Stuart says:

    Hi DK and loonies.

    In Boston for a wedding. Missing all the drama big time. Earliest bus from the wedding to the hotel is midnight. Resisting temptation to take iPad to the event.

    Hope Hackenberg throws 8 TDs, early mention of Heisman and related hoopla would help PSUs program.

    Rootin for the Bucs. Many Red Sox fans here, so I’m just avoiding BB talk.


    DK: There’ll be no Heisman for Hack this year. Not sure where you could have heard something that outlandish. Kid’s talented but has a long way to go.

  10. radio wave says:

    Penn State fans can breathe easy now. And to take the iPad to the wedding no one will find fault.

  11. pattonbb says:


  12. cherokee23 says:

    was at the game…..if 45-7 can be workmanlike and unspectacular, this game was that….hackenburg shows some real flashes of talent…..looking forward to your column & thoughts, dk!

  13. Wild Bill says:

    Back at the ranch after the game and a whole lot of tailgating with friends. State played very vanilla until they went to the no huddle and turned Hackenberg loose a little bit. EM hurt us with some drag routes with their tight ends for a while, but it was a mostly dink and dink offense.

    Hackenberg made some really nice throws once he settled down, and Ferguson looked like he can zip a ball as well. Akeel Lynch can really scoot with just a small crease.

    The team is a work in progress; next weeks game a little tougher and hopefully Stat can handle it.

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