UMass Minutemen at Penn State Nittany Lions Football Week #7 Preview: What, where, when to watch, and more
DATE: Saturday October 14, 2023
TIME: 3:30 PM ET
WHERE: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
What Channel is the Penn State game on?
The Penn State Nittany Lions will host the UMass Minutemen on BigTen Network
Weather update for UMass at Penn State
The weather calls for rain, with a 62% chance. The high right now is projected to be 54 degrees with a low of 45. Winds will be an average of 6 MPH, with gusts projected to max out at 21 MPH
Key Injuries for Penn State:
WR Malick Meiga, DE Jameial Lyons, and WR Harrison Wallace III all missed the Nittany Lions’ last game against Northwestern. RB Kaytron Allen and LG JB Nelson left the game against Northwestern with injuries.
Penn State vs UMass matchup preview
Penn State enters the game 5-0, with a 3-0 record in the Big 10. However, they step out of the conference to take on the UMass Minutemen, who sit at 1-5.
Penn State started the season off with a 38-15 win over West Virginia and a 63-7 win over Delaware before stepping into the Big 10 to defeat Illinois and Northwestern on the road and Iowa at home. They shut out Iowa 31-0 and beat Illinois 30-13 and Northwestern 41-13.
The Nittany Lions are led by Drew Allar, the sophomore quarterback who has nine touchdowns to zero interceptions. Allar averages 218.4 yards per game, and has a 64.6% completion rate.
Kaytron Allen leads the Nittany Lions in rushing with 69 carries for 307 yards and two touchdowns. If he misses this game, the team will lean on Nicholas Singleton, who has 74 carries for 283 yards and six touchdowns this year.
KeAndre Lambert-Smith leads Penn State in receiving with 25 catches for 372 yards, and three touchdowns. The next closest Nittany Lions receiver has just 115 yards.
Linebacker Curtis Jacobs leads the team in tackles, while Zuriah Fisher, Adisa Isaac, and Coziah Izzard all have 2.5 sacks.
UMass opened the season with a 41-30 win over New Mexico State. From there they have not found a win. They lost 59-14 to Auburn, 41-28 to Miami (OH), 19-17 to Easter Michigan, 34-31 to New Mexico, and 52-28 to Arkansas State. They are currently 1-2 on the road.
Carlos Davis is their top passer with six touchdowns to three interceptions. However, he missed the last game and Taisun Phommachanh started. He has one touchdown to two interceptions. Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams is the leading rusher with 504 yards on 110 carries, and the Minutemen lean on Anthony Simpson as their top receiver. He has 26 catches for 426 yards and two touchdowns this season.