The fourth kick time for a Penn State football game in 2014 has been announced, and like the last three announcements, it’s a night game.
Penn State’s Sept. 13 matchup against Big Ten newcomer Rutgers in Piscataway Township, N.J., will kick off at 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network, marking the third primetime kickoff that Penn State will have in 2014.
The other two games on the schedule that will kick off in primetime are at Michigan on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and home against Ohio State on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.
The Rutgers game is Penn State’s first Big Ten contest of the year, along with the first Big Ten game that the Scarlet Knights will play in school history. While the game is 144 days away, Rutgers seems ready.
— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) April 22, 2014
The two teams last met in 1995, when Penn State defeated Rutgers 59-34 in Giants Stadium. The game is notable, because then-Rutgers head coach Doug Graber and Joe Paterno got into a screaming match at midfield after the game, because Graber believed Paterno instructed backup quarterback Mike McQueary to run up the score in the game’s waning moments.
The Scarlet Knights are led by senior quarterback Gary Nova on offense and Sporting News First Team Freshman All-American selection Steve Longa on defense. The team went 6-7 last season, its first and only one in the American Athletic Conference.
This will be the first game Big Ten game of James Franklin’s tenure as Penn State’s head coach, and the first game between two Big Ten teams in 2014. The Nittany Lions are 22-2 all time against the Scarlet Knights, and have won the last seven matchups between the two teams.