No. 15 Penn St looks to win 9th straight nonconference game
Buffalo (1-0) at No. 15 Penn State (1-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (FOX).
Line: Penn State by 29 1/2.
Series record: Penn State leads 2-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Buffalo’s offensive line vs. Penn State’s pass rush: John Reid earned a sack on a corner blitz last week, but other than that the Nittany Lions were able to consistently generate pressure with four-man fronts. All of the Bulls’ offensive linemen are experienced starters who’ll be looking to give QB Matt Meyers a much time as they can in his second career start.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Buffalo: RB Jaret Patterson. The first Buffalo freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, Patterson started his sophomore season well with 90 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries last week. He’s the biggest threat in the Bulls’ run-often approach.
Penn State: DE Jayson Oweh. The word is out on the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Oweh, who according to teammates, beat star linebacker Micah Parsons in a foot race this summer. Defensive line coach Sean Spencer has committed to using handfuls of linemen so Oweh should get plenty of playing time.
FACTS & FIGURES
Penn State tallied seven sacks last week and is one of just three teams (Alabama and Clemson) with 40 sacks in each of the last four seasons. . The Nittany Lions are 26-3 against current MAC teams. . Nine different Nittany Lions had a hand in at least one touchdown last week. . Buffalo’s 10 pass attempts were its fewest since 2004. . The Bulls are 1-8 against Big Ten teams with last season’s win at Rutgers. . This is Buffalo’s only regular-season game on natural grass. … Penn State is 51-31 in night games.