STATE COLLEGE (AP) Penn State's home opener with Akron is set for a 12:00 p.m. kick in Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions' sixth announced start time for the 2014 season.
ABC will televise Coach James Franklin's first game on the Beaver Stadium sidelines to a regional audience, with the game airing on ESPN or ESPN2 throughout the remainder of the nation. The game also will air on the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com.
The Nittany Lions have posted an on-field mark of 4-0 against Akron, with the last meeting resulting in a 31-7 Penn State win in 2009. The Zips are coached by Terry Bowden.
Penn State will celebrate Red, White and Blue Community Hero Day at the home opener. First responders will be celebrated and recognized throughout the game. First responders can purchase tickets for the Akron game at a reduced rate by calling 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
At halftime of the Akron game, Penn State's 1994 undefeated Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship team will be honored during its 20th reunion. The Nittany Lions featured five first-team All-Americans – Kyle Brady, Ki-Jana Carter, Kerry Collins, Bobby Engram and Jeff Hartings – and became the first Big Ten to earn a 12-0 record by beating Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Nittany Lions broke the Big Ten record by averaging 48.1 points in conference play, a mark that still stands.
The home opener also is Scout Day, with all Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations able to purchase tickets at a reduced rate by calling 1-800-NITTANY.