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Penn State Football Announces List Of 2019 Game Themes

Penn State football released the themes for its seven home games during the 2019 season on Thursday.

Fans learned that the Nittany Lions will take on Michigan in the 2019 White Out game earlier on Thursday, but the remainder of the themes — including the Stripe Out and Military Appreciation games — were unveiled later.

August 31 vs. Idaho: Youth Sports/Spirit Day

Penn State’s season opener will also double as Youth Sports and Spirit day at Beaver Stadium. In years past, the day has featured a pre-game dance clinic and a halftime performance by the kiddos. You can sign up your child to participate here.

September 7 vs. Buffalo: Blue Band Jam & THON Game

THON’s trademark yellow ribbon will grace the student section for Penn State’s week 2 clash with Buffalo. Last year, the student section’s golden ribbon brought the Nittany Lions some luck when they took down Wisconsin 22-10 thanks to a strong defensive performance.

Additionally, the Penn State Blue Band will perform at the Bryce Jordan Center prior to kickoff as part of the annual Blue Band Jam.

September 14 vs. Pitt: Stripe Out

The 100th meeting between Penn State and Pitt will be played under Stripe Out conditions.

The Stripe Out is a relatively new tradition in Happy Valley. Penn State beat Rutgers, Temple, and Nebraska in the first three Stripe Outs in 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively, before losing to Michigan State last year.

This year’s Stripe Out game will also mark the final scheduled meeting between the Nittany Lions and Panthers. Penn State leads the current series 2-1 after beating Pitt 33-14 in 2017 and 51-6 at Heinz Field last year.

October 5 vs. Purdue: Generations Of Greatness & Homecoming

Purdue will be greeted with a double-dose of themes when it makes its first trip to Beaver Stadium since 2013.

Penn State will wear its Generations of Greatness uniforms for the second time against the Boilermakers. The team debuted the throwbacks in a 45-14 victory over Indiana in 2017. Saquon Barkley returned the game’s opening kickoff for a score and also threw a touchdown pass to DaeSean Hamilton that day.

The game will also cap off Homecoming week in Happy Valley. Homecoming’s 2019 court will be announced at halftime after the organization’s annual parade on Friday night.

October 19 vs. Michigan: Penn State White Out

Buckle up, folks: One of the most intimidating environments in college football will return for the Nittany Lions’ contest against Michigan.

A record crowd of 110,823 fans packed into Beaver Stadium to watch Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley run riot in a 42-13 White Out victory over the Wolverines in 2017. It’s safe to say Michigan cornerback and former Penn State commit Lavert Hill wasn’t the biggest fan of the then-record crowd in Happy Valley — whether or not he flips off the student section again remains to be seen.

James Franklin really wants the Jonas Brothers to make the trip to Happy Valley for the game. If Kevin, Nick, and Joe do make it, there’s only one rule they need to follow: Wear white.

November 16 vs. Indiana: Military Appreciation & All University Day

Penn State will honor members of the armed forces during its annual military appreciation game against the Indiana Hoosiers. Fans can donate tickets to military members, and service members and veterans can request tickets via the Seats for Servicemembers program here.

Additionally, November 16 will serve as All University Day at Beaver Stadium. Student representatives from all of Penn State’s commonwealth campuses will be recognized at halftime of the game.

November 30 vs. Rutgers: Senior Day, Educator Appreciation Weekend, & Parents/Families Tailgate

The Nittany Lions’ senior class — including defensive stalwarts Cam Brown, Garrett Taylor, and John Reid — will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game against Rutgers on November 30.

On top of that, educators can receive discounted tickets to the game. Educators interested in getting those discounts and parents interested in more information about the tailgate can sign up to receive that information at a later date here.

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