Aug 31, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate following the game against the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium. Penn State defeated Syracuse 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Preview


After opening away from Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2000, the Nittany Lions return to Happy Valley for the 2013 home opener against the MAC’s Eastern Michigan Eagles.  Ron English’s squad comes to Beaver Stadium after knocking off Howard 34-24 in Ypsilanti on Saturday.

The Eagles rallied for 21 straight points on Saturday to come from 24-13 down to win their season opener against Howard.  Junior quarterback Tyler Benz was solid going 19 for 26 for 210 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception.  Junior tailback Bronson Hill eclipsed the century mark and scored twice, but only averaged 3.6 yards per carry. EMU struggled to slow down Howard’s ground game, allowing over 202 yards on 38 rushes, but did force two interceptions.

On paper, Eastern Michigan looks like the perfect opponent for PSU to work on their concerns coming out of the Syracuse game.  The Eagles defensive front appears just what the doctor ordered for a rushing attack that could not get on track versus the Orange, and with Allen Robinson’s disciplinary issues seemingly behind him, I would expect PSU to be a little more aggressive in the passing game.

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