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PSU-Rutgers Set For Prime Time

Penn State football will face Rutgers on September 13th at 8pm ET.
UNIVERSITY PARK– The return of one of Penn State’s long-time rivalries is set for prime time, as the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten Conference opener at Rutgers has been selected as their third night game of the 2014 campaign.
 
The contest between the old rivals, and new Big Ten East Division foes, will kick at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13. The contest at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. will mark Rutgers’ first Big Ten Conference game and will be the opening contest of the Big Ten’s 119th football season. The Nittany Lions will be playing their earliest Big Ten opener since starting the 1994 season at Minnesota.
 
The Rutgers game is Penn State’s third announced kick time for the 2014 season. Coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions will visit Michigan on Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. ET clash.  The Big Ten East Division contest will be Michigan’s first Big Ten home night game. Penn State will host Ohio State on Oct. 25, with the East Division clash set for an 8 p.m. kick.
 
Penn State and Rutgers have met 24 times, with the first meeting in 1918 and the last coming in 1995. Starting this season, the teams will play annually as Big Ten East Division rivals. From 1977-95, the Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knights played every season except in 1980 and ’81. The Nittany Lions have played Rutgers nine times in New Jersey, but the last six meetings came at Giants Stadium, including the 1995 contest. Penn State played at Rutgers in 1951, ’53 and ’55.
 
Rutgers and Maryland will officially join the Big Ten on July 1, 2014 and Penn State will play both annually as East Division foes. The Nittany Lions host the Terrapins on Nov. 1. The three schools are joined by Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the East Division.
 
Penn State’s Aug. 30 season opener vs. UCF in the Croke Park Classic will kick at 1:30 p.m. in Dublin, Ireland (8:30 a.m. ET).  Penn State will be playing its first international game in its 128-year history when it travels to Ireland to meet the Knights.
 
Penn State will be playing at least one regular season night game for the 15th consecutive season. A determination on which network will nationally televise the Michigan and Ohio State clashes may not be made until six days before the contest. Additional Nittany Lion kick times will be announced later this spring.
The Nittany Lions concluded spring practice on April 12, with an estimated 72,000 fans attending the Blue-White Game, the nation’s second-largest spring football crowd thus far in 2014.
 Franklin, nine other head coaches and nine assistant football coaches, will be participating in the 17-stop Penn State Coaches Caravan, starting May 1 at the Pegula Ice Arena on the University Park campus and ending May 22 at Penn State Erie. Franklin is scheduled to appear at all 17 events.

--Penn State Athletic Communications

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