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Penn State Football-Purdue Moved Up To Thursday, September 1

Thursday night football, anyone?

Penn State football’s 2022 season opener against Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana has been moved up to Thursday, September 1. The Boilermakers announced the schedule update Thursday morning.

A kickoff time and broadcast destination has yet to be announced, but Purdue noted “Thursday Night Under The Lights” in its tweet.

The Big Ten has been toying with Thursday and Friday night games over the past several seasons. This past year, the season opened with a Thursday night battle between Ohio State and Minnesota that was broadcast on FOX and kicked off at 8 p.m.

Purdue has opened its season on non-traditional days multiple times over the past few years, including a 2018 season opener against Northwestern on a Thursday night. That contest was broadcast on ESPN and also kicked off at 8 p.m.

The Nittany Lions haven’t played in a non-Saturday regular season game since their Friday night lights battle against Maryland early in the 2019 season. The Terps cancelled classes, but James Franklin’s squad still took them down 59-0 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Penn State has only made one trip to Ross-Ade Stadium during Franklin’s tenure in Happy Valley, which came in 2016. The week following the miraculous Ohio State victory, the Nittany Lions beat down the Boilermakers 62-24. Most recently, the two sides faced off at Beaver Stadium in 2019 in what was a 35-7 Penn State victory.

While the Nittany Lions finished this past season 7-6 with a defeat in the Outback Bowl, Purdue is coming off a a 9-4 mark and finished with an overtime victory in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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