Penn State Blue-White Game capsule
A capsule look at today’s Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium:
Start time: 2 p.m.
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: ROCKY-FM (104.9) with Steve Jones and Jack Ham
Return of old friend: The Blue-White Game has not been staged for in-person fans since 2019 due to the pandemic.
Parking: Free to season ticket holders who renewed for 2022. For all others, it’s $20.
Format: In part due to a limited number of available offensive linemen, the format will be offense vs. defense. The offense will be on one sideline (wearing white) and the defense (wearing blue) the other. Quarterbacks will wear light blue. There will be a total of eight segments, including live sessions and no-tackling windows to guard against injuries.
Scoring: The game features a unique scoring system. Such as: 7 points for a defensive touchdown, 2 points for a safety, 3 points for a fumble recovery, 3 points for an interception, 2 points for a three-and-out, 2 points for a sack, 1 point for forcing a punt, 6 points for an offensive TD, 1 for an extra point and 3 for a field goal. To give you an idea how this type of format leads to a high score, Bill O’Brien did it in 2013 and the defense won, 67-47.
Eye on the QBs: Sean Clifford is unlikely to play much so keep an eye on the younger prospects, including Christian Veilleux, who threw three touchdowns against Rutgers last year, and true freshmen Drew Allar and Beau Pribula. For some reason, Veilleux and Pribula are both wearing No. 9 (Trace McSorley’s old number, BTW).
Player to watch: Wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley, a transfer from Western Kentucky is the leading candidate to replace Jahan Dotson. Like Dotson, he wears No. 5.
Quotable: Returning safety Ji’Ayir Brown on top recruit Allar: “His arm is crazy. He can throw from the right side of field way back to the left side of field, accurately and efficiently.”
No PJ: Defensive tackle and team leader P.J. Mustipher, who suffered a season-ending knee injury at Iowa, is recovering from surgery but will not play today.
Day for the walk-ons: This game has almost always provided the walk-ons an opportunity to play in front of a big crowd. Expect to see them early and often.
Weather report: Per AccuWeather, windy with a high temperature of 62 and a 55% chance of rain in the morning and early afternoon.
— Compiled by Neil Rudel