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Sept. 28, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - ESPN will nationally televise Penn State's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, October 4. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. ET at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The contest with the Boilermakers (2-2, 0-0) begins a five-game stretch for Penn State that includes four road conference games. Following Saturday night's 38-24 win over then-No. 22 Illinois, the Nittany Lions will have just one home game (Oct. 18 vs. Michigan) until Nov. 15.
On the heels of the electric win over the Illini, Penn State leapt from No. 12 to No. 6 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. The ranking is Penn State's highest since finishing the 2005 season ranked No. 3 in both polls. The Nittany Lions (5-0, 1-0) are the Big Ten's highest ranked squad.
The Purdue game is the Nittany Lions' ninth announced TV appearance of the season. The Lions will be making their first appearance of the season on ESPN when they travel to West Lafayette. Penn State's next three games (Purdue, Oct. 11 at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. ET and vs. Michigan, 4:30 p.m.) will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.
Penn State has made appearances on ABC against Oregon State, Syracuse and Illinois and appeared on the Big Ten Network against Coastal Carolina and Temple.
Penn State leads the series with the Boilermakers, 9-3-1, capturing a 26-19 win in Beaver Stadium last season. Following this week's game, the two schools won't meet again until 2011.
The Nittany Lions have appeared on television in 169 of their last 171 games. The kick times and TV for eight Penn State games were announced prior to the season. Future Penn State contests may be selected by the networks under the six and 12-day provisions of their contracts with the Big Ten.
All Penn State football games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, with selected games available on XM Satellite Radio.