Big Ten Network Declares Today Penn State Day

Well, shouldn’t every day be Penn State Day? The Big Ten Network will devote a whopping 21 hours of programming to the Nittany Lions today, starting at 9 a.m. today and lasting until 6 a.m. Friday. Viewers should expect to see old favorites (Penn State football’s thrilling 1985 home victory against Alabama), as well as new classics (Men’s basketball handily defeating Michi-who? earlier this year). The channel will round out the schedule with wrestling and field hockey.

The conference flagship network plans to devote at least one more day to Penn State-only programming this summer, so look out for that. Here’s a schedule:

9 a.m. — The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Football: 1984 – Boston College at Penn State — A high-scoring tit-for-tat 37-30 home win for the Lions that pitted Heisman winner Doug Flutie against an elusive Penn State quarterback in Doug Strang.

11 a.m. — Big Ten Field Hockey: Big Ten Championship Final – Penn State vs. Michigan — A storied field hockey team under Charlene Morett captured its second consecutive conference championship, shutting out the Wolverines.

1 p.m. — Big Ten Wrestling: B1G Championship — On the subject of consecutive championships, collegiate royalty Ed Ruth and Quentin Wright led Cael Sanderson’s dominating brawlers to a third straight B1G title.

3:30 p.m. — Big Ten Football Replay 2012: Northwestern at Penn State — Penn State’s first game against a ranked opponent in 2012, the Lions made a 39-28 comeback against a longtime rival thanks to an outstanding performance by Matt McGloin.

5:30 p.m. — Big Ten Football Replay 2012: Wisconsin at Penn State — Another nail-biter and perhaps 2012’s most memorable game, the Badgers missed an overtime field goal to provide an insanely redeeming win to a team stripped of its playoff hopes.

7:30 p.m. — The Journey: Big Ten Football — Profiling Penn State football’s spiritual leader Michael Mauti, among other Big Ten players from the 2012-2013 season.

8 p.m. — The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Basketball: 2001 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round: Penn State vs North Carolina — Men’s basketball advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1955, trouncing the No. 2 Tar Heels.

9:30 p.m. — Big Ten Men’s Basketball: Michigan at Penn State — In which a fledgling team under Pat Chambers beats the national championship runner-up. Remember this? Good times.

11:30 p.m. — Big Ten Wrestling: B1G Championship — Repeat.

2 a.m. — The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Basketball: 2001 NCAA Tournament 2nd Round: Penn State vs North Carolina — Another repeat.

3:30 a.m. — BTN LiveB1G: Penn State — This will show just how university researchers are “creating surfaces to reduce concussions, designing apps for farmers, and building a spacecraft to land on the moon,” according to BTN’s website.

4 a.m. —  The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Football: 1985 – Alabama at Penn State — Among the greatest games in Beaver Stadium history, Paterno’s team would pull out a 19-17 win before Penn State would fall to a formidable Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl that year.

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