Penn State Looks to Continue to Fly High When Nittany Lions Host Kent State Saturday

| September 13, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Coming off it’s 51-6 trouncing of Pitt, No. 11/10 Penn State welcomes Kent State for its non-conference finale Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon on FS1.

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It’s been two years since the Nittany Lions and Golden Flashes last tangled on the gridiron. The 2016 meeting was the season opener, marking quarterback Trace McSorley’s first career start and the debut of a new offensive system. McSorley threw two touchdown passes in the game, marking his second straight game with a touchdown pass after throwing his first in relief in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. He also threw for a then-career-high 209 passing yards. McSorley now enters this season’s contest with a 30-game streak for passing touchdowns and 23 200-yard passing games to his credit. Offensive lineman Ryan Bates, defensive tackle Kevin Givens and punter Blake Gillikin also made their first career starts against the Flashes in 2016.

The opening games of 2018 have proven no different in terms of young players stepping into bigger roles. Wide receiver KJ Hamler has three touchdowns in his first two career games, forcing overtime with a touchdown reception in the season opener against Appalachian State and scoring both of Penn State’s touchdowns in a back-and-forth first half at Pittsburgh. First-year starting running back Miles Sanders posted his first career 100-yard rushing game at Pitt, while Penn State’s top seven tacklers this season do not include any returning starters from last season.

Kent State is 1-1 to open 2018, only losing by a touchdown in its season opener at another Big Ten school, Illinois, and topping Howard in its home opener last week. The Golden Flashes are under the guidance of first-year head coach Sean Lewis.

This is the third and final non-conference game for Penn State this season. The Nittany Lions next face a short week in preparation for their Big Ten opener Friday night at Illinois.

Rain Forces Closure of Several Grass Lots for Penn State-Kent State Game; Fans Encouraged to Travel in Car, not RV

Penn State has announced parking changes for Saturday’s football game against Kent State, due to soaking rain the past several days and the forecast for additional rain this week. Vehicles will be re-directed to other parking lots near Beaver Stadium.

Intercollegiate Athletics utilizes several intramural fields for football parking and this week’s rain and the vehicular traffic would have the potential to significantly damage the fields with fall intramural sports still in progress for Penn State students.

Fans who normally park cars and RVs in paved lots will be unaffected. Permit holders with a white stripe through their permit have a paved parking space, which are not impacted by this Saturday’s lot closures.

As of Tuesday, Yellow Lot 12, the Orange Preferred Car, Brown Preferred and Family Friendly lots will be closed on game day (see below).

Also, Penn State will not be selling any additional Yellow (game day) parking for the Kent State game. Fans attending Saturday’s game who do not have a parking permit will not be able to park in the Beaver Stadium parking lots. Several options for fans who do not have a parking permit are listed below.

Penn State officials are monitoring the forecast for the rest of the week, as well as the potential effects of Hurricane Florence, that could impact additional parking lot closures for Saturday’s game.

Penn State is asking patrons for their patience and understanding, as this week’s rainfall has left some grass lots unsuitable for parking. Fans are strongly encouraged to carpool and avoid bringing an RV for the Kent State game (Blue and Orange lots closed to RVs).

Several Parking Options for Fans Who Don’t have Reserved Parking Permit for Kent State
Fans who don’t have a reserved parking permit for the Kent State game are encouraged to carpool or consider other options to get to Beaver Stadium, including:

  • CATA Game Day Shuttle (
  • Parking in the East or Nittany decks on campus and walking or taking CATA Loop
  • Uber (drop off and pick up locations near stadium)
  • Grange Park (car and RV park and ride shuttle provided by Grange – car parking $10 per day; shuttle $10 round trip on Saturday;

To reference a map of the Kent State game day parking areas and all other game day information, including traffic and parking updates, visit

Fans can also check for parking updates by clicking on specific lots at a new interactive map, by visiting

Before traveling to the State College area, fans are encouraged to check for traffic and parking updates. Fans can check, @GoPSUsports on Twitter and local radio stations (1450 AM, 93.7 FM, 970 AM) for updates prior to kickoff. Fans can follow the Twitter hashtag #PSUparking for further updates.

Kickoff is at Noon on Saturday for the Community Heroes/All-University Day contest. Available Beaver Stadium parking lots will open at 7 a.m. and all stadium gates will open at10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for every game and reminded they can enter Beaver Stadium at any gate except the student gate – Gate A. Umbrellas are not permitted in Beaver Stadium.

Penn State Customer Relations representatives are available at 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and this Saturday from 7 a.m. until one hour after the conclusion of the game.

Car Parking for Kent State game
Note: Patrons who normally park in reserved lots that are paved or on grass will not be affected. Permit holders with a white stripe through their permit have a paved parking space, which are not impacted by this Saturday’s closures.

Yellow Lot 12 will be closed and fans will be re-directed to another general lot (see above). Fans who normally park in this lot should approach the campus from the east on Park Avenue, off I-99/U.S. Route 322, from the south on Porter Road, off Route 26/College Avenue or from the west via Atherton Street and Park Avenue (cars will be directed to Yellow Lot 11, East Parking Deck or Nittany Parking Deck).

Brown and Orange Lots will be closed. Brown and Orange parking passes will be honored in all Yellow lots other than 12. Cars should approach from the east on Park Avenue, off I-99/U.S. Route 322, from the south on Porter Road, off Route 26/College Avenue or from the west via Atherton Street and Park Avenue (cars will be directed to Yellow Lot 11, East Parking Deck or Nittany Parking Deck).

Family Friendly Lot will be closed. Patrons should park in a Yellow lot with their regularly issued parking permit location.

RV Parking for Kent State game
Blue and Orange RV Lots will be closed to RVs. Patrons who normally park an RV in the Blue or Orange lot will be able to park one car with their RV permit.
Purple Lot RV permit holders are also asked to not bring an RV.
Overnight RV Lot will open Thursday at 6 p.m. Parts of the RV Lot may not be parked due to ground conditions.
Fans who have not already purchased an RV parking permit should not attempt to park in the lots near Beaver Stadium. All game day, season RV and Overnight RV permits are sold out for the 2018 season. Penn State Athletics has identified Grange Park as an economical alternative with hook-ups and shuttle service to campus on Friday andSaturday of home football weekends.
Fans interested in parking their car or RV at Grange Park can reserve a spot by calling 814-364-9212.

ADA Patrons reminder
Note: ADA patrons who park in reserved spaces on paved lots will not be affected. All ADA parking is on paved spaces. All others, see below.

White ADA parking: As is the current plan, patrons with White ADA parking will directed to the Katz Building Lot or the East Parking Deck.

Green ADA parking: As is the current plan, patrons with Green ADA parking will be directed to parking lots near Pegula Ice Arena, the field hockey complex, Intramural Building and Nittany Lion Softball Park.

The Kent State game will air on FS1, the Penn State Sports Network (10:30 a.m. airtime) and


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