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Before I begin, I should probably explain why we haven’t posted in a while. Frankly, it’s just been bad timing. I just got back from a study abroad program in Europe, and Charlie is still …

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Reviving Traditions: Penn State and Navy will face off in 2012

Submitted by on July 22, 2010No Comment

So much for weak scheduling.

Tim Curley and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Nittany Lions and Midshipmen will meet on Sept. 15, 2012 in Beaver Stadium resuming a traditional rivalry that has been dormant for 35 years. In addition to the away game matchup with fellow Automatic Qualifying conference opponent Virginia scheduled for the previous weekend, this marks the 2nd quality AQ opponent for Penn State in the 2012 season.

Temple was originally scheduled for that weekend, but has since been reschedule to the following Saturday on September 22nd, 2012.

The Nittany Lions and Midshipmen have met 37 times in the past.  The two teams met on 12 occasions between 1961-74, with Navy serving as Penn State’s season opener 8 times. Although the Lions hold a 7-3 advantage when playing in State College, they are just 18-17-2 all-time against the Midshipmen. A surprising tough series.

Even the last game between the two ended in heartbreak when Navy coach and former Penn State assistant George Welsh led the Midshipmen to a 7-6 upset over the #8 Nittany Lions in State College. And as always Navy will be no pushover, as Ohio State has learned in last season’s opener when the Midshipmen nearly upset the #6 Buckeyes at home, when a 2-point conversion with just over 2 minutes left in the game which would have tied the game at 29 was picked off and returned by Ohio State’s Brian Rolle for the eventual 31-27 victory. Let’s also not forget the 23-21 victory over #22 Notre Dame last season, the 24-17 victory over #16 Wake Forest in 2008 and the 46-44 thrilling victory over Notre Dame in 2007 that ended a 43 game losing streak to the Fighting Irish.

You can expect Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo to pull out all the stops against the Nittany Lions when the traditional rivalry resumes in 2012.

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