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Penn State to play football opener in Ireland

by The Associated Press on July 15, 2013 10:40 AM

DUBLIN, Ireland — Penn State will open its 2014 football season against the University of Central Florida in Ireland, the first international game for either team.

Officials from both schools along with the Gaelic Athletic Association announced in Dublin on Sunday that the game will be played at Croke Park on Aug. 30 and will air on ESPN-2.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said players and coaches were excited by the prospect of the trip.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner and Central Florida coach George O’Leary announced details of the game at the venue in Dublin.

Penn State will be the first Big Ten team to play internationally since Michigan State and Wisconsin met in Tokyo in the 1993 regular season finale.

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