UNIVERSITY PARK - After a long layoff, another of Penn State's traditional opponents is returning to the 2012 football schedule.
It was announced Wednesday that the Nittany Lions will meet Navy on Sept. 15, 2012 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State and Navy have played 37 times previously, but the squads will be meeting for the first time since 1974.
To accommodate the Navy game, a previously announced Penn State home game versus Temple for the same date has been moved to Sept. 22, 2012.
In June, it was revealed that Penn State would be renewing another long rivalry with a fellow Eastern school - Syracuse - in 2013 at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
"We are excited to have Navy returning to the Penn State football schedule," Penn State athletic director Tim Curley said. "Navy was our season opening opponent a number of times in the 1960's and '70's and we've had many memorable games against the Midshipmen. Navy has a great football tradition.
"We're looking forward to having Navy playing again in Beaver Stadium."
Penn State holds an 18-17-2 edge in the all-time series, which began in 1894 with a 6-6 tie in Annapolis. The Nittany Lions are 7-3 vs. the Midshipmen in University Park.
The Nittany Lions and Navy met 12 times from 1961-74, with Navy serving as Penn State's season opening game eight times from 1961-71. The last game in the series was on Sept. 21, 1974, as former Penn State assistant coach George Welsh led the Middies to a 7-6 upset over the No. 8 Lions at Beaver Stadium.
"Playing Penn State again will bring back many memories for our alumni and friends of Navy Football," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said. "The opportunity to visit one of the most impressive stadiums in all of college football and take on the challenge of this storied program will be very inspiring to our coaches and student-athletes."