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Penn State Football: Iowa And Rutgers Added To Primetime Slate

by on May 09, 2016 11:35 AM

With a primetime date against Ohio State already on the schedule, the Nittany Lions will take on two more foes this season at night as it was announced by the Big Ten on Monday that the Nov.5 contest against Iowa and road meeting against Rutgers on Nov. 19 will both take place at night.

The Nittany Lions will host Iowa Nov. 5 and visit Rutgers Nov. 19 in primetime games to air on the Big Ten Network. Penn State’s Military Appreciation game against the Hawkeyes is slated to kick at 7:30 p.m., while the Nittany Lions visit the Scarlet Knights at 8 p.m.

The pair of November primetime games mark the first time the Nittany Lions will play a night game in the month of November since visiting Pittsburgh on November 14, 1987.

All three of the matchups between the Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knights as Big Ten Conference foes have been played in primetime. Four of Penn State’s last five games against the Hawkeyes have been played under the lights, including the 2009 contest at Beaver Stadium.

It was previously announced that for the fifth consecutive season, Penn State and Ohio State will meet under the lights on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The teams will square off in the annual Penn State White Out game at Beaver Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Penn State and Iowa square off for the first time since the 2012 season when the Nittany Lions earned a 38-14 win in Iowa City. Bill Belton ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns, while Matt McGloin threw for 289 yards and a pair of scores. Jesse James and Allen Robinson had the receiving touchdowns for Penn State. The win was the first for the Nittany Lions in Iowa City since 1999.

Penn State will play at least one regular season night game for the 17th consecutive season. Every Penn State football game has been televised the past 11 seasons and 275 of the last 277 contests overall have been on TV.


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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