Virginia Coming Back on the Schedule

Nittany Lions and Cavaliers will renew their rivarly on a home-and-home basis in 2012. Penn State currently leads the all-time series between the two program, 5-2.

Penn State and Virginia will renew their football series in 2012 and 2013, Nittany Lions' athletic director Tim Curley announced Tuesday.

The teams are scheduled to meet Sept. 8, 2012 in Charlottesville and Sept.14, 2013 in Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions and Cavaliers have previously met seven times, with Penn State owning a 5-2 series advantage. In the most recent meetings, the Lions captured a 35-14 victory in Happy Valley during the 2002 season. The Cavaliers earned a 20-14 comeback win in Scott Stadium in the final game of the 2001 season.

Prior to the two meetings earlier this decade, the two teams had last met in 1988 and ’89, winning at the other school’s stadium. Penn State won 42-14 in the 1988 season opener in Charlottesville and Virginia won 14-6 in the ’89 season opener in State College.

The first series meeting was in 1893 in Charlottesville and resulted in a 6-0 win for Penn State. The Nittany Lions also won in 1954 (34-7 in State College) and 1955 (26-7 in Richmond).

Virginia is the latest opponent to be announced in a series of intersectional games for Penn State against premier programs since the turn of the century.

The Nittany Lions are hosting Notre Dame on Sept. 8 (6:00 p.m., ESPN) to complete a two-game series. Syracuse (2008-09) returns to the schedule the next two years, followed by games against Alabama in 2010 and ’11. Among the Nittany Lions' other regular season non-conference opponents this decade were: Miami, Fla. (2001), Southern Miss (2001), Virginia (2001-02), Nebraska (2002-03) and Boston College (2003-04).

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