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Penn State Adds Another Night Game to Schedule

Nittany Lions will host UCF at 6 PM on September 14th.<br mce_bogus="1">
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Penn State will play three night games during the 2013 season, two in Beaver Stadium, with today's announcement of a 6 p.m. kick vs. the University of Central Florida on Sept. 14.

The Nittany Lions are playing at least one regular season night game for the 14th consecutive season. Penn State's three regular season primetime games are tied for the most in the season with 2008 and 2010.

The contest against UCF will air on BTN, the network's first primetime telecast from Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions have played on BTN in primetime on the road the past two seasons (at Northwestern, 2011; at Iowa, 2012).

The Nittany Lions also will play in primetime against Michigan (Oct. 12, 5 p.m.) and at Ohio State (Oct. 26, 8 p.m.) during the 2013 campaign.

Penn State and UCF will be meeting for the third time, with the previous meetings in 2002 and 2004 in Beaver Stadium. The Knights will be joining the American Athletic Conference this fall.

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien was a member of UCF Coach George O'Leary's staff at Georgia Tech from 1995-2001. O'Brien was a graduate assistant coach from 1995-97, running backs coach from 1998-2000 and was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001, O'Leary's final season with the Yellow Jackets.

Penn State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Stan Hixon (1995-99) and offensive line coach Mac McWhorter (2000-01) coached with O'Leary and O'Brien in at Georgia Tech. Jim Bernhardt, Penn State Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Director of Player of Development, was a member of O'Leary's UCF staff from 2004-07, helping the Knights to their first Conference USA Championship game and bowl berth.

The Nittany Lions will host Michigan on Oct. 12 for Penn State's 94th Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET in Beaver Stadium and the clash will air on ESPN or ESPN2. The teams will be playing in primetime for the third time in Happy Valley (2006, 2010 and 2013).

Penn State will visit division rival Ohio State on Oct. 26 for an 8 p.m kick on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Penn State and Ohio State will be meeting in primetime for the fifth time in the past nine seasons (2005, '07, '08, '12, '13).

A determination on which network will nationally televise the Michigan and Ohio State games clash may not be made until six days before the contests.

--Penn State Athletic Communications--
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