Penn State starts playoffs with Michigan State in Big Ten quarterfinals


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Penn State Men’s Football Team, Under Fourth-Year Head Coach Jeff cook, begins the Big Ten tournament playoffs on Sunday, Nov. 7 when it hosts Michigan State at Jeffrey Field in the quarterfinals. Kick-off between the No.1 seed Nittany Lions and No.8 seed Spartans is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly (pxp) and Patrick Doody (analyst ) on the call.


  • Dated: Sunday, November 7, 2021 | Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • Site: University Park, Pennsylvania | Place: Jeffrey Champ
  • Live Statistics: | To concern: Big Ten Network

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Parking for all non-football related Penn State Athletics events will require a valid permit or payment of applicable parking fees for campus grounds. Fans with a valid Penn State University Park parking permit will be permitted free parking at non-football athletic events in accordance with parking policies and transportation service access .

For men’s football matches, fans are asked to park at the Jordan East, Stadium West or Porter North fields. Fans without a license are encouraged to prepay for event parking at a reduced rate of $ 5.50 through ParkMobile – Prepayment is available until 11:59 p.m. the day before each event. Parking on the day of the event will cost $ 10 per vehicle and is cash only / can be purchased on the ParkMobile app. The East Bridge is also available for most events for $ 1 an hour.

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  • Penn State is 32-22-6 (.583) all-time in the Big Ten Tournament since its debut in 1991.
  • After winning the Big Ten title in the regular season, the Nittany Lions received the No.1 seed in the conference tournament for the first time since 2013 after spending the previous two seasons as the No.2 seed. .
  • Penn State is an all-time 2-1-1 seed as a seed and has never faced the eight seed (0-0-0).
  • The Nittany Lions are 7-4-1 against the Spartans in tournament play.


  • Penn State won the Big Ten regular season title and the No.1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten tournament with a 2-0 shutout victory over Wisconsin on Sunday in the regular season final at McClimon Track / Soccer Complex in Madison.
  • After returning the ball to Wisconsin, running to the right side, senior Danny bloyou played a perfect ball to a classmate Seth kuhn atop 18 as Kuhn took a nice left-footed strike to find the top left corner of the goal to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead after 18 minutes.
  • The Nittany Lions would eventually head into the break with a goal lead and a 5-3 shooting advantage.
  • Much like the first half, the wind definitely played a role as much of the game was back and forth as it was difficult to maintain possession and therefore with very few eyes on the frame of the part. of both teams.
  • In the 80th minute, junior liam’s butt almost scored an insurance goal at the far post, but he couldn’t quite line the ball up and missed to the right.
  • About two minutes later, Kuhn would find that insurance goal for Penn State as his long shot from the sideline on a junior pass. Andrew Privett had an incredible turn to simply get over the Wisconsin goalie’s outstretched fingers and into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
  • The baseline held firm throughout the game to keep the junior goalie Kris shakes having to make a save for the fifth shutout of the season and the third in a conference game.


  • For the first time since 2013 and for the sixth time in program history, Penn State won the Big Ten regular season title, finishing 6-2-0 in conference for a total of 18 points.
  • The Nittany Lions had finished second in the league the previous two seasons with a 6-1-1 Big Ten record and were selected to finish second this season behind Indiana in the preseason coaching poll.


  • The Head Coach Jeff cook was unanimously named the 2021 Big Ten Coach of the Year, as announced on Friday along with the rest of the Big Ten Men’s Soccer conference awards.
  • Cook won the program’s fourth overall Coach of the Year award and the first since former head coach Bob Warming returned in a row in 2012-13.
  • In his fourth season at the helm, Cook put Penn State’s men’s football program back in the national spotlight with back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament (2019, 2020-21) as well as winning the regular season title. from this season’s conference.
  • He is 37-21-8 overall in Happy Valley and an impressive 21-7-4 (.719) in Big Ten.


  • Second year Pierre Mangione was named the 2021 Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year, as announced by the conference bureau on Friday.
  • His Offensive Player of the Year award is the second Big Ten Player of the Year award under the direction of the head coach Jeff cooktutelage, joining Aaron Molloy’s midfielder of the year in 2019.
  • Mangione is the program’s first offensive player of the year since Connor Maloney in 2014.


  • Michigan State has been under head coach Damon Rensing for 13 years and finished the regular season 6-8-2 overall and 2-4-2 in the Big Ten to claim the seed. # 8 of the conference tournament. The Spartans concluded the regular season with a 3-1 straight loss to No. 7 Maryland (10/22) and Northwest (10/31).
  • Farai Mutatu leads the Spartans with 17 points on a team-high seven goals and three assists. Jack Beck leads the team with seven assists tied with Penn State’s Seth kuhn for the Big Ten category head. In total, 13 different players from the state of Michigan registered at least one point his season.
  • At net, redshirt senior Hunter Morse has played the majority of the squad with 10 starts and 11 games played. He has a 1.33 goals against average and 0.731 save percentage with 38 saves and one shutout.


  • Penn State has a 24-17-2 advantage over Michigan State, including a 1-0 regular season win at East Lansing (10/1).
  • The Nittany Lions and Spartans last met at the Big Ten Tournament in 2016 in the quarterfinals in which Michigan State won at East Lansing, 2-1.


The winner of Penn State / Michigan State will face the winner of Michigan / Wisconsin in the semi-finals of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday, November 10. The match will be played on the highest seeded campus with the kick-off starting at 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. depending on the Big Ten Network TV schedule.


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