Night Moves: PSU vs. Illinois on ESPN2

ESPN2 will nationally televise the gridiron clash between Penn State and Illinois in primetime, the Nittany Lions' second announced night game of the 2005 season.

The Nittany Lions will visit the Illini on Oct. 22. The contest will begin at 6:00 p.m. CT (7:00 ET) in Champaign and air on ESPN2.

The telecast is the second announced TV appearance of the 2005 season for the Nittany Lions. Penn State will entertain border rival Ohio State for a primetime clash on Oct. 8, with kickoff at either 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2) or 7:45 (ESPN). A determination on the kick time may not be made until 12 days prior to the game.

The Lions have appeared on television 126 of their last 128 games. All of Penn State's games during the 2004 season were televised.

Future Penn State contests may be selected by the networks under the six and 12-day provisions of their contracts with the Big Ten Conference.

Penn State and Illinois will be meeting for the first time since 2002 and the first time in Champaign since 2001. The Nittany Lions lead the series, 10-2, with a 7-1 edge in Big Ten play. Penn State won the last meeting, 18-7, three years ago in Beaver Stadium and the Illini claimed a 33-28 win in Memorial Stadium in 2001. This is Illinois' homecoming game.

Penn State is playing at least one regular season night game for the sixth consecutive season. The only other time that happened was from 1983-89. The Lions' last six night games are: Minnesota and Boston College (2004), Nebraska (2002 and '03), Miami, Fla. (2001) and Indiana (2000).

2005 Penn State Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time

September 3 South Florida TBA

September 10 Cincinnati TBA

September 17 Central Michigan TBA

September 24 *at Northwestern TBA

October 1 *Minnesota (1) TBA

October 8 *Ohio State 7:00 / 7:45 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPN)

October 15 *at Michigan TBA

October 22 *at Illinois 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

October 29 *Purdue (2) TBA

November 5 *Wisconsin TBA

November 19 *at Michigan State TBA


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