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June 7, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's 127th season opener, against old rival Syracuse, has been set for a 3:30 p.m. kick on August 31 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The 71st contest against the Orange is Penn State's fourth announced kick time for the 2013 season.
The highly-anticipated clash will be an ABC regional telecast, with coverage on ESPN2 in the rest of the nation. Coverage on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com will begin at 2:00 p.m.
The Nittany Lions and Orange have met 70 times previously, the second-highest total for a Penn State opponent, with the first game in 1922. Penn State owns a 42-23-5 on-field series advantage, winning the most recent contests during the 2008 and '09 seasons. The teams met every season from 1944-90, but did not meet again until the 2008 contest in the Carrier Dome.
Penn State will be playing in MetLife Stadium for the first time and at the Meadowlands for the first time in 13 years, when it faced USC in the 2000 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium. The Nittany Lions and Orange met once at Giants Stadium, with the Penn State posting a 35-7 win on October 20, 1979. The Nittany Lions were 10-3 overall at Giants Stadium.
The Nittany Lions will be opening the season at the Meadowlands for the sixth time, having beaten Rutgers (1977), Georgia Tech (1991) and USC (1996) and losing to Nebraska (1983) and USC (2000). The last four contests were in the Kickoff Classic.
Nittany Lion Club members can order tickets for the Syracuse game at 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or online via their Account Manager. General public wishing to sit in the Penn State sections at MetLife Stadium can begin ordering tickets Monday, June 17 at 10 a.m. by calling 1-800-NITTANY.
Penn State's other announced kick times all are primetime. The Nittany Lions hosts UCF (Sept. 14, 6 p.m.) and Michigan (Oct. 12, 5 p.m.) and visits Ohio State (Oct. 26, 8 p.m.). The UCF game will air on BTN, the Homecoming game against Michigan will air on ESPN or ESPN2 and the clash at Ohio State will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. 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. The kick time and TV for the Nittany Lions' Sept. 7 home game with Eastern Michigan will be announced later this month.
Every Nittany Lion football game has been televised the past nine seasons and 228 of the last 230 Penn State contests overall have been on TV. All Nittany Lion football and basketball games air on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.
Penn State returns 16 starters and 38 letterwinners for this fall. Season tickets are available for the 2013 campaign. The Nittany Lions will host five bowl teams from 2012, including three teams that finished in the BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homecoming), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue, Illinois, UCF and Eastern Michigan also will visit Beaver Stadium this fall.
For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.GoPSUsports.com or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.