Sept. 5, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The football team practiced for two hours at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility on Monday afternoon as heavy rains pushed the Crimson Tide inside. Alabama commenced preparations for its matchup with No. 25 Penn State, which will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 10.
"Obviously there are a lot of things after a first game that you look at and say how some guys played extremely well and some guys did a lot of good things," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Other guys have certain things that they can improve on. We didn't play very well in certain areas of our team because we didn't execute fundamentally the way we need to. I think that's the thing that we really need to emphasize with our team is that we've got to get better fundamental execution in a lot of areas."
Saturday's game marks the 15th meeting between the two institutions, and second in as many seasons. Alabama holds a 9-5 lead in the series, including a slight 3-2 edge in games played in State College, Pa. This will be the Tide's first appearance in Beaver Stadium since the 1989 season where Alabama earned a 17-16 victory.
"Game planning them, the coaches told us that we don't want to overlook this team," said junior safety Robert Lester. "This is a big team, a great team, a very disciplined team. That's how we are going to look at it this year. We can't just go in and think that because we beat these guys last year that we can beat them again. They're eager to come in and play us, and they're going to give us a great game."
Saturday's game will be broadcast on ABC with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe calling the action.