Penn State’s Military Appreciation Day game against Temple has been set for a 12 p.m. ET kick the Big Ten conference announced late Saturday night.
The November 15 contest will air on ESPN2.
It's a rare non-conference meeting in the final third of the season. Penn State and Temple first met in 1931, and will be meeting for the 42nd time. It's their first game since 2012, when the Nittany Lions posted a 24-13 win in Beaver Stadium.
The teams are scheduled to play in each of the next three seasons, including the Sept. 5, 2015 season opener in Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Temple is coached by Matt Rhule, a former Penn State football student-athlete.
As part of the annual Military Appreciation Day, Penn State has bought more than 5,500 tickets to the Temple game as part of the "Seats For Soldiers" program. Those tickets will be given to active duty and veteran military personnel and their families. This year's ticket total is more than double the 2,500 total awarded in 2013.
Fans interested in purchasing the $35 "Seats for Soldiers" tickets to donate to military personnel and their families can call 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m, or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office, weekdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For information on Penn State's Military Appreciation Week leading up to the Military Appreciation Day in Beaver Stadium, log onto:military.psu.edu.
Penn State enters Saturday's game looking to become bowl eligible for the first time since the start of the NCAA sanction era. A victory would give Penn State six wins. That would make the Nittany Lions available for a postseason birth and it would be the first bowl game for nearly all of the active Penn State roster. The Nittany Lions face Temple at home before traveling to Illinois the following week. Penn State will then finish off the season against Michigan State in Beaver Stadium.