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| Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006

THE MATCHUP

PENN STATE (1-0) VS. NOTRE DAME (1-0)

Prediction: Notre Dame 21, Penn State 14.

GAME TIME

3:30 p.m. -- Today -- NBC

Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

Radio: Penn State radio network

SERIES RECORD

The programs are tied at 8-8-1

Last meeting: Notre Dame 17, Penn State 16, 1992 season

THE SETUP

Penn State needs a win to establish itself as a top team again in 2006, while Notre Dame is looking to improve on a sloppy, 14-10, opening win against Georgia Tech.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Both teams came away from opening wins with more than their share of questions. Penn State's Anthony Morelli looked like a capable successor to Michael Robinson at quarterback, but the Penn State running game was poor, prompting criticism of the offensive line from Joe Paterno.

Notre Dame trailed, 10-0, in the first half and had to survive a couple of missed field goals to eke out a 14-10 win. Quarterback Brady Quinn was solid but not spectacular, and the offensive line committed frequent penalties.

Paterno and Charlie Weis have invoked the coach's credo that the greatest improvement is made from Game 1 to Game 2.

BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL

PENN STATE

The Lions' offensive line will be under the microscope this week against a Notre Dame defense that seemed vastly improved from last season. Equally in the spotlight will be the inexperienced Penn State secondary, which is facing a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback in Quinn.

BY THE NUMBERS

Anthony Morelli 16 of 32 passing, 206 yards, 3 TDs

Dan Connor 13 tackles, 3 1/2 for loss

NOTRE DAME

The Notre Dame defense, victimized for 617 yards in a Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State season, yielded just 259 yards and 10 points to Georgia Tech in the opener. It was the Notre Dame offense that disappointed some, although the Irish did put up 384 yards of total offense.

BY THE NUMBERS

Brady Quinn 23 of 38 passing, 246 yards

Rema McKnight 108 receiving yards Additional Information:

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