UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State athletic department confirmed in a release on Monday a home game against Virginia has been pulled from this fall’s football schedule.
“The University of Virginia notified Penn State that it would not be playing the Sept. 14, 2013 game scheduled for Beaver Stadium in order to play a home game on that date,” Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner said in a statement.
The Orlando Sentinel reported last Friday that Penn State has agreed to play a home-and-home series with Central Florida with the Golden Knights visiting Beaver Stadium in place of the Cavaliers for the upcoming season.
Penn State has not confirmed the report.
“We are working with Virginia to reschedule the game for Beaver Stadium in a future season,” Joyner said. “We have begun discussions to find an opponent for the Sept. 14 date and expect to make that announcement very soon.”
Virginia announced Monday that it has added Oregon to its 2013 schedule. The Cavaliers and Ducks meet on Sept. 7 in Charlottesville. Virginia visits Oregon in 2016. The Cavaliers are playing eight home games in 2013 and open the season against BYU at Scott Stadium. Sept. 14 is now one of the Cavaliers’ bye dates.
“It’s our desire to reschedule the game at Penn State in the future and we’re hopeful we can come to an agreement as to when that will happen soon,” Virginia Executive Associate Athletic Director Jon Oliver said in a statement.
Virginia defeated Penn State 17-16 last season in Charlottesville. The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 5-3.
Penn State begins its 2013 slate against Syracuse at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31. Eastern Michigan and Kent State are scheduled to visit Beaver Stadium for non-conference games on Sept. 7 and 21, respectively. Penn State currently has six home dates on the 2013 schedule, not including the likely addition of Central Florida.
Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten also leaves Penn State searching for a non-conference game in 2014. The Nittany Lions were scheduled to visit the Scarlet Knights on Sept. 13, 2014, a slot that will likely be filled with a road game at Central Florida. Penn State and Central Florida played in 2002 and ‘04. The Nittany Lions won the games by a combined 64-37.
Penn State currently has seven home games scheduled for 2014, with Akron, Temple and Massachusetts visiting Beaver Stadium for non-conference games.
The Nittany Lions’ 2013 and ’14 Big Ten schedules include eight games — four at home and four on the road. The conference hasn’t announced if its member schools will play eight or nine league games when Rutgers and Maryland become conference members in 2014.