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March 17, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - The Nittany Lion football team will culminate spring drills with one of the highlights of the Penn State sports calendar, the Blue-White Game presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania, on Saturday, April 25.
Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.
As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White game.
The Blue-White Game is one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. More than 70,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the game the past two years, including a record crowd of 73,000 last year. More than 40,000 fans have attended the game in 10 of the past 13 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.
Numerous events will be held in conjunction with the Blue-White Game to celebrate Penn State football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players, the announcement of the spring football award winners as well as the recipients of the PNC Bank "Player of the Game" from last season.
Other events held in conjunction with Blue-White Weekend presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania will be announced at a later date. The Nittany Lions will begin spring practice later this month.
The Nittany Lions (11-2) won their second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship berth in the past four years during the 2008 season. Penn State was No. 8 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, earning its 22nd final Top 10 ranking under Coach Joe Paterno. The Lions won at least 11 games for the 14th time under the Hall of Fame coach.
Penn State has earned one of the nation's Top 10 records since the start of the 2005 season, posting a 40-11 (78.4) mark, good for No. 9 nationally. The Nittany Lions have won 42 of their last 53 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.
Entering his 44th season as head coach and 60th on the Penn State coaching staff, Paterno returns 37 letterwinners and 10 starters for the 2009 campaign.
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