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Penn State Football to face blackout as Nittany Lions travel to Purdue Week 1 

Penn State Football will be walking into a hostile crowd in West Lafayette in week 1 to open the season against the Boilermakers.

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Penn State Football QB Sean Clifford (14) throws a pass from the pocket during the Purdue Boilermakers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions game October 5, 2019 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

For the third straight season Penn State Football will open the season on the road against a conference opponent following trips to Indiana in 2020, and Wisconsin last season.

We know already that the Week 1 clash with Purdue has been tabbed for primetime, Thursday night on September 1st and will be nationally televised on Fox with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt in the booth.

On July 12, we learned a little bit more about this one.

Purdue is calling for a stadium wide ‘Blackout’ of Ross-Ade stadium which should create a hostile environment for the Nittany Lions to deal with.

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The last time Purdue blacked out Ross-Ade was to welcome Ohio State in 2018, a game the Boilermakers shocked the world and handily beat the Buckeyes 49-20.

Many fans will remember that game because of Tyler Trent, the Purdue super fan who was battling terminal cancer who defied all odds and showed up that night to be an honorary captain for Purdue.

 

The blackout was ruined on the field for the Terps as well, as the Lions would roll in that one to a 59-0 victory.

This should come as no surprise that the Boilermakers will be pulling out all the stops in week one, and this will not be the first time Penn State Football deals with an opponents ‘Blackout’.

Fans will remember Maryland’s blackout in 2019 in which Penn State fans did their best to ruin wearing all white.

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