Penn State's final two road games of the season -- against Purdue and No. 20 Nebraska -- have been set for 3:30 p.m. kickoffs. Coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions will visit the Boilermakers on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Big Ten Leaders Division clash will begin at 3:30 p.m. EST and be televised by ESPNU; coverage on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com will begin at 2 p.m. Penn State will visit the Cornhuskers at 2:30 p.m. CST Nov. 10 in Memorial Stadium on an ABC regional telecast, with coverage on ESPN2 in the rest of the nation. Nebraska visits Michigan State this Saturday before hosting the Nittany Lions for the first time since 2003.
Penn State's Big Ten home opener against Iowa on Oct. 8 will kick at 3:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The ABC regional telecast will air nationally on ESPN outside of the ABC coverage area. Penn State's undefeated 1986 National Championship team will be honored at the Iowa game, which also will air on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com. The contest against the Hawkeyes is the Nittany Lions' eighth announced kick time and seventh announced telecast of the season. Penn State will be making its fifth appearance of the season on an ESPN-owned network, with this Saturday's Big Ten opener at Indiana airing on ESPNU.
The kick times and TV for Penn State's initial two contests during its blockbuster 2011 home football schedule are set - against Indiana State and Alabama - bringing the number of announced start times this season to four. The opening game of Penn State's 125th season celebration is Sept. 3 vs. Indiana State. The contest will kick at noon in Beaver Stadium and air on the Big Ten Network, the Nittany Lions' second announced BTN appearance this season. Alabama will be playing in Happy Valley since 1989 when its visits Sept. 10 for a 3:30 p.m, kick. ABC will be televise the clash of national powers to a national audience.
The first meeting between Penn State and Florida in 13 years drew an impressive television audience for the 2011 Outback Bowl, with the contest producing the highest rating for a college football game on ABC during the 2010 season. The ESPN on ABC telecast of the clash between the Nittany Lions and Gators delivered a 7.1 rating, translating into 8.17 million TV households and 12.445 million viewers.
ABC/ESPN will nationally televise Penn State's clash at Michigan on Oct. 24. The national powers will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET from Ann Arbor, Mich. ABC will regionally televise the contest and ESPN will air the game outside the ABC coverage area to the rest of the nation. ABC has televised 12 of the previous 14 meetings between Penn State and Michigan, with ESPN carrying the other two contests. This Saturday's 90th Homecoming game with Minnesota will kick at 3:30 p.m. and air on ABC on a regional basis, with ESPN airing the game outside the ABC coverage area.
Penn State's Big Ten road opener with Illinois on Oct. 3 will be regionally televised by ABC. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. ESPN will air the game outside of the ABC coverage area. The contest with the Illini (1-1) is the Nittany Lions' seventh announced TV appearance of the season. Penn State will be making its second straight appearance on ABC when it visits Illinois.
Penn State will begin Big Ten Conference play with a prime time showdown in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions' Sept. 26 contest with Iowa has been set for prime time national TV exposure, with kickoff at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN or ABC. The Big Ten also announced that Penn State's Oct. 31 contest at Northwestern will kick at 3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN or ESPN2.
Penn State Mont Alto forestry students got a taste of Hollywood life on Wednesday (Nov. 12) when they volunteered on the landscaping crew for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The Emmy award winning show, which airs on Sundays on ABC, chose to demolish and rebuild the Drumm family home, located approximately 15 minutes from the Penn State Mont Alto campus. Dan Ryan Builders is the main contractor for the house and numerous area subcontractors and community volunteers are lending their hands and supplies to complete the 2,500-square-foot home in just 106 hours.
ABC will regionally televise Penn State's regular season finale with Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 22. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. for the sold-out Senior Day clash in Beaver Stadium. The parts of the nation that do not receive the game on their ABC affiliate will be able to watch it on ESPN or ESPN2.
Senior safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.) made the biggest play of the game in Penn State's 13-6 win at No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday and has been honored by the Big Ten Conference for his efforts. Rubin made a career-high 11 tackles (nine solo) and forced a crucial fumble to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades. The conference honor is the first for Rubin, who becomes the seventh Nittany Lion to be recognized by the conference office this season. The Big Ten also announced that Penn State's Nov. 8 contest at Iowa will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET; 2:30 p.m. CT in Iowa City. The game will be an ABC regional telecast, with ESPN airing outside the ABC coverage area. The contest is Penn State's 10th announced TV appearance of the season, with 173 of its last 175 games having been televised.
Four Penn State faculty experts are scheduled to appear tonight and next Friday (April 18 and April 25) on the ABC television news program "20/20" in two shows partly devoted to wild weather and weather myths. Sam Champion, weather anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" and weather editor of ABC News, traveled to Penn State in late March to interview the faculty members.