Penn State, Michigan going under the lights

UNIVERSITY PARK –The Penn State football team will host Michigan for the annual Penn State White Out game on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

Penn State is currently ranked third in the country while the Wolverines are No. 17.

In addition, the game will also be available on the Penn State Sports Network (6 p.m. airtime) and GoPSUsports.com.

Pitt, Duke time set

PITTSBURGH — The Pitt Panther football team’s game at Duke, set for Saturday, Oct. 21, will kick off at 12:20 p.m., and be televised by WTAE-TV.

In other news, redshirt freshman placekicker Alex Kessman was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Specialist of the Week for his performance against Syracuse this past weekend.

Kessman converted each of his four kicks. He connected on field goals of 56, 49 and 42 yards, while also making his lone PAT kick for a career-high 10 points.

IUP up to No. 3

INDIANA — Fresh off its rivalry win over California, IUP moved up to No. 3 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Monday.

The Crimson Hawks improved to 6-0 with a 26-10 win over the Vulcans.

Northwest Missouri State (6-0) remains the overwhelming No. 1 in the poll, bringing in all 34 first place votes. A loss by previously unbeaten Texas A&M-Commerce this week left a spot open at No. 2, which Shepherd (5-0) moved in to. The Crimson Hawks garnered 780 points in the voting, just 17 behind Shepherd for that second spot.

Anderson out at OSU

Oregon State and coach Gary Andersen have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately, with the Beavers off to a 1-5 start.

The school announced the split in a news release Monday, two days after a 38-10 loss at USC. Oregon State did not have a victory against an FBS team this season.

Cornerbacks coach Cory Hall was named interim coach. The Beavers face Colorado at home on Saturday.

Oregon State says Andersen, 53, and the school “agreed to release each other from all future contract obligations and payments.” Andersen’s contract had been extended after last season and ran through the 2021 season. He was due to make $2.65 million this season and had he been fired without cause he would have been due about $12 million.

Andersen, who left Wisconsin for Oregon State, was in his third season with the Beavers.

Vol suspended

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee suspended starting defensive end Darrell Taylor indefinitely, the latest adversity for a team that has dropped its first two Southeastern Conference games and is coming off its most lopsided home loss since 1905.

Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Monday that “multiple factors” had led to Taylor’s suspension without going into specifics.

Taylor already had been expected to miss the first half of Tennessee’s game with South Carolina (4-2, 2-2 SEC) this Saturday because he’d received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for fighting in the second half of the Vols’ 41-0 loss to No. 4 Georgia on Sept. 30.

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