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Old 04-17-2009, 11:44 PM   #27
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PSU will play Iowa at 8 p.m.

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State's football schedule is beginning to take shape.

The school announced Wednesday that two games have been set for late-afternoon or night starts, including the Nittany Lions' Sept. 26 game against Iowa at Beaver Stadium, which will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

The Big Ten also announced that Penn State's Oct. 24 contest at Northwestern will kick at 3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN or ESPN2.

The two Penn State contests are among 14 Big Ten football games that will air in prime time this fall on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC or the Big Ten Network.

Penn State and Iowa are the only conference schools with more than one prime time game on ESPN or ABC this season.

No additional Big Ten home games will be moved to primetime (or after 4:30 Eastern time) for the 2009 season.

School spokesman Jeff Nelson said the remaining games on the Lions' Big Ten schedule would likely be at noon or 3:30 p.m. He said ESPN could still propose an 8 p.m. window for a conference game, but both schools would have to agree, and it would be unlikely PSU would play a second late home game.

Penn State will be playing at least one regular season night game for the 10th consecutive season. Last year, the Nittany Lions defeated Illinois and Michigan at home and Wisconsin and Ohio State on the road in prime time.

A Penn State game owns the top four spots and eight of the 12 all-time among the highest rated Big Ten football games on ESPN.

The Nittany Lions conclude spring drills on Saturday, April 25 with the annual Blue-White Game. Kickoff is 2 p.m., and admission is free.

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