— UNIVERSITY PARK – As it nears completion of its 2015 schedule, the Penn State football team announced today it will meet an opponent for the first time. The university announced this morning the Nittany Lions will host San Diego State on Sept. 26, 2015 in Beaver Stadium.
The two programs have never collided on the football field. Penn State has one non-conference game left to be scheduled to complete the 2015 slate, which is the final year with eight Big Ten Conference games. The nine-game Big Ten schedule begins in 2016.
San Diego State posted a 9-4 overall record and earned a share of the Mountain West Conference crown with a 7-1 record last season under head coach Rocky Long. A seven-game winning streak to end the regular season earned the Aztecs their first nine-win season since 1977 and a berth into the Poinsettia Bowl against BYU. Their 2013 schedule features at Sept. 7 game at Ohio State.
The Aztecs have earned a bowl bid each of the past three seasons, winning the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl against Navy, falling on a last-second field goal in the 2011 New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette and dropping a decision to the Cougars in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.
The Nittany Lions’ 2013 non-conference slate features three bowl teams from last season in Syracuse, UCF and Kent State, who was No. 25 in the final 2012 BCS rankings.
Long-time rivals Penn State and Pitt will meet every season from 2016-19. The Nittany Lions will play in Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2018 and the Panthers will play in State College in 2017 and 2019.
Penn State is in its second season under head coach Bill O'Brien, who was the 2012 Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year. The Nittany Lions posted an 8-4 overall mark in 2012 and finished second in the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 6-2 record.