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April 16, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Old rivals Penn State and Rutgers will renew their football series in 2014 and 2015, Tim Curley, Penn State Director of Athletics, announced today.
The teams are scheduled to meet September 13, 2014 at Rutgers and September 12, 2015 in Beaver Stadium.
The Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knights last met in 1995, when Penn State captured a 59-34 decision at Giants Stadium, the highest scoring game in the series. The teams first met in 1918 and played every season from 1982-95.
"We are excited about renewing our rivalry with Rutgers," Curley stated. "We have played many memorable games with them. I am appreciative of the efforts of Bob Mulcahy for his enthusiasm to have Penn State return to upcoming schedules for Rutgers."
Penn State leads the series, 22-2. Rutgers won the first meeting, 26-3, in 1918 and Penn State won the next 15 contests. The Scarlet Knights ended the skein with a 21-16 win in 1988 under head coach Dick Anderson, who has coached the Nittany Lions' centers and guards since 2000, having returned to the Penn State coaching staff in 1990 after six years at Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights' head coach is Greg Schiano, a former Penn State assistant, who has led Rutgers to four consecutive bowl appearances.
Coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions have played several of the nation's premier programs during the non-conference portion of the regular season schedule during the past 10 years. The Nittany Lions are completing a two-game series with Syracuse this season and in 2010, old rival Alabama returns to the schedule. The traditional powers will meet Sept. 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa and on Sept. 10, 2011 in Beaver Stadium. During the 2012-13 seasons, Virginia returns to the Nittany Lions' slate.
The Nittany Lions' regular season non-conference opponents during the past decade include: Pittsburgh (2000), Southern California (2000), Miami, Fla. (2001), Southern Miss (2001), Virginia (2001-02), Nebraska (2002-03), Boston College (2003-04), South Florida (2005), Cincinnati (2005), Notre Dame (2006-07), Oregon State (2008) and Syracuse (2008-09).
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 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.
The Blue-White Game presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.