The 2018 Penn State spring game is at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21, at Beaver Stadium. Below, find the score, live updates and rosters for the Blue-White Game.
Last season, the Nittany Lions finished 11-2 and won the Fiesta Bowl. Penn State is expected to rank among the best in the country again to start the 2018 season.
Note: There will be 11-minute quarters and there will be a running clock with stoppage for change of possession and penalties.
Penn State spring game 2018: Score, live updates
Final: The Blue team, which was made up of mostly starters and second-stringers, was the victor by a 21-10 score. We’ll have more coverage from the game shortly.
Q4, 8:35: Penn State’s spring game attendance is announced as 71,000. Quite the showing today in Happy Valley.
Penn State signed the top two New Jersey recruits (@JustinShorter15 and @JaysonOweh) in 2018 composite rankings. The #2 in 2019 (@caedanw) committed a couple hours ago and #1 in 2019 (@Antonioalfano99) is in Beaver Stadium today.
The Garden State has been good to James Franklin. pic.twitter.com/U6t8amgOZk
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) April 21, 2018
Q3, End: Franklin just sprinted from one end of the field to the other to point out to Brandon Polk how he should’ve caught a kick return. Hamler is now back as the punt returner after Mark Allen was there earlier in the afternoon.
Q3, 1:20: Carson Landis nails a 34-yard field goal to get the White team on the board. Otherwise uninspiring third quarter thus far. Journey Brown is getting some work. Landis is doing everything today, including punting. Haven’t seen Blake Gillikin on the field today during the scrimmage. Blue 14, White 3.
Halftime: Penn State’s spring ball award winners are introduced as Miles Sanders and Johnathan Thomas. The team’s total commitment award winners were John Reid and Juwan Johnson.
Q2, 56 seconds: Sean Clifford checks into the game and Gonzalez returns to left guard. Clifford is working behind the first-team offensive line so there’s a lot of value to these reps coming up here ahead of the half.
Q2, 3:05: Zach Simpson is in at left guard for starter Steven Gonzalez. The rest of the offensive line stays intact with Trace McSorley still in the game.
Q2, 7:43: KJ Hamler gets involved with a reverse and Mark Allen gets the 1-yard score. There’s a lot of explosive athletes on these offense and Allen has made quite a few nice cuts already this afternoon. Blue 14, White 0.
Q1, 5:39: Penn State’s offense comes out with a good-looking touchdown drive with Trace McSorley hitting Mac Hippenhammer for the 5-yard strike. Danny Dalton also had a catch on the drive, another sign of the youth on this team but these guys should all factor in this season. Blue 7, White 0.
Q1, 10:35: Penn State’s top kick return unit featured wide receiver Brandon Polk and running back Johnathan Thomas back deep.
Pregame: The signees were well represented and introduced to the crowd on the Beaver Stadium video boards. There was a loud ovation for all of them, but especially Micah Parsons and Ricky Slade.
The 2018 Penn State recruiting class — including six already in a Nittany Lions uniform — are introduced before the Blue-White Game. pic.twitter.com/24b1sxAcuj
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) April 21, 2018
Pregame: Juwan Johnson, Jon Holland, Shane Simmons and Jake Cooper are among those not dressed today as the Lions go through warmups. Tommy Stevens, no longer in a walking boot, is stretching.
Pregame: This is Penn State’s 15th and final practice of the spring and while the rest of the signing class won’t arrive until late June, there are plenty of position battles to keep an eye on today.
Pregame: James Franklin and the Nittany Lions arrived to a large contingent of fans. Here was the scene from Beaver Stadium.
This is a big official visit weekend for Penn State. Among the prospects we saw waiting for the team to arrive were Devyn Ford, Cam’Ron Kelly, Ronald Thompkins, Jaden Davis, Zach Harrison, Antonio Alfano, Tyler Rudolph, Marquis Wilson and Mazi Smith.
Penn State spring game 2018: Rosters for Blue-White Game
Penn State spring game 2018: Time
The 2018 Penn State Blue-White Game is set for Saturday, April 21.
Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
Penn State spring game 2018: TV channel
Penn State’s 2018 spring game will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network. Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com will also have coverage. Find the Big Ten Network on your TV here.
Penn State spring game 2018: Live stream, watch online
You can watch the 2018 Penn State Blue-White Game online with BTN2Go.
Penn State spring game 2018: Tickets
The spring game is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. However, there is a parking charge. Blue-White parking passes were sent to season ticket holders in the summer along with their season passes, while day of parking (cash only) is available. Beaver Stadium parking lots open at 8 a.m.
Penn State spring game 2018: Arrival and autographs
The team will arrive at 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of Curtin and Porter Roads. Penn State players will be scattered around the outside of Beaver Stadium at gates A, B, C, E and F to sign autographs from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. Fans can enter Beaver Stadium at 1:30 p.m.
Penn State spring game 2018: Preview
Replacing star Saquon Barkley will be a task that falls on the shoulder of many players, but beyond that there are more holes on the defense where DC Brent Pry needs to replace several starters. The depth at defensive tackle and the rotation at defensive end all will be under the microscope, but they won’t be the only spots to examine.
Gone is middle linebacker Jason Cabinda and so too are both of the 2017 starting safeties. Cornerback Grant Haley is among the large contingent for former Nittany Lions preparing for the NFL and so too are DTs Parker Cothren and Curtis Cothran.
The Blue-White game will be the first time fans get an up-close look at those vying to fill the voids left by Cabinda, Haley, Marcus Allen and Troy Apke, among others. What the depth looks like at each of those spots should also start to come to light.
Saturday also marks the first time 5-star signee Micah Parsons will run out of the tunnel wearing the No. 11 made famous by Penn State legend LaVar Arrington.
Arrington will have a special connection to the spring game this year as his youth all-star game, the A11 Star Bowl, will be played in Beaver Stadium at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public as well and features the top eighth graders from across the country.
Parsons moved from Mike to Will linebacker already this spring in an effort to lessen the load since much will be asked of him as a freshman. Expect there to be plenty of attention on the former Harrisburg High standout.
Ellis Brooks, who redshirted last season, is vying for Cabinda’s old spot in the middle along with veterans Jan Johnson and Jake Cooper. James Franklin hasn’t ruled out Cam Brown factoring in at the Mike either. What the rotation looks like at all three linebacker spots — plus how January enrollees Jesse Luketa does while getting his feet wet — should be telling.
Penn State moved Lamont Wade from corner to safety this winter, but the projected starters in April per Franklin would be Garrett Taylor and Nick Scott. Scott, a two-time team captain, brings experience while Ayron Monroe has long been an intriguing option, but saw limited reps thus far because of injury. John Petrishen and Jonathan Sutherland, that latter whose hard hits during developmental scrimmages last year impressed teammates, will be worth watching. How much ground Wade covers back there and how comfortable he looks doing so is worth monitoring.
Up front, redshirt freshman Damion Barber is in the midst of his first spring with the team and part of his impressive weight gain since enrolling resulted in him moving inside. The former defensive end should have plenty of opportunities at a position where they’ll rely on redshirt freshmen to help round out the 2-deep and the 3-deep. Rob Windsor and Kevin Givens are the team’s two top tackles but beyond them there are plenty of questions that will extend beyond the 15th practice of the spring.