STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) – It hasn’t always been pretty, but Penn State has continued to stockpile the victories and now sits at 6-1 on the season, and 3-0 in the Big Ten, as they get ready for Saturday night’s visit to Northwestern.

Last time out Penn State held off Purdue, 23-18, at Beaver Stadium.  The Nittany Lions come into play all alone in first place in the Big Ten’s “Leaders” Division.  They are a half-game ahead of 2-0 Wisconsin.

The Northwestern Wildcats have dropped four in a row and sit at 2-4 overall on the season, and 0-3 in the Big Ten.

While Northwestern can move the football (405 yards of total offense per game) and score (28 points per game), they also can’t stop anyone.   Opponents are rolling up 429 yards a game on offense and scoring 30 points per contest.

Last week the Wildcats lost to Iowa, 41-31.  That’s the same Iowa team that struggled to score three points against the Nittany Lions just two weeks ago (PSU won, 13-3, on October 8th).

Penn State leads the all-time series with Northwestern, 11-3, and that includes a 35-21 win last season in Happy Valley.

KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Mark Brennan, editor of, about the matchup with Northwestern and what the Nittany Lions need to do to pull out another victory.

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Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060

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