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April 15, 2024

Penn State-Iowa to Kick at 8 p.m. on CBS; 2023 Game Themes Announced



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Football’s contest against Iowa on Sept. 23 in Beaver Stadium will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, it was announced on Monday.


In addition, Penn State Athletics has announced game day themes for the 2023 football season presented by PSECU. The nationally-recognized Penn State White Out is scheduled for the contest against the Hawkeyes, while the Penn State Helmet Stripe game will take place on Sept. 2 vs. West Virginia and the Penn State Stripe Out will happen on Nov. 11 against Michigan.


Penn State will be televised on CBS for the 27th time in program history and the first time in Beaver Stadium since Sept. 19, 1998, a 20-13 victory over Pittsburgh. The Nittany Lions are 16-10 all-time when playing on CBS, including 4-1 in bowl games.


2023 Penn State Football Game Themes:


Sept. 2 – West Virginia (7:30 p.m. – NBC): Helmet Stripe, 107k Family Reunion

  • For the second time ever, Beaver Stadium will have a “helmet stripe” stadium layout. To complete the look, the majority of Beaver Stadium will wear white, while a select amount of sections on the East and West side of the stadium will wear blue, to resemble one of Penn State’s classic helmets.
  • Join the 107k Family Reunion as Penn State Football fans are welcomed back to Happy Valley for the 2023 home opener.
  • The West Virginia game is presented by Highmark.


Sept. 9 – Delaware: THON; Spirit Day; Youth Sport Day

  • Penn State Football will be partnering with THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. THON has raised more than $204,000,000 in its history to benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer. Families and THON volunteers will be invited to the game and the team will wear a THON helmet sticker.
  • Spirit Day includes a pre-game cheer and dance clinic, as well as an opportunity for cheer and dance participants to perform during halftime.
  • Youth Sport Day invites youth sports teams to attend the game and have an exclusive group experience.


Sept. 23 – Iowa (8 p.m. – CBS): Penn State White Out

  • The Greatest Show in College SportsTM! All fans are encouraged to sport white attire to ensure a Penn State White Out for the clash with the Hawkeyes.
  • The official 2023 Penn State White Out t-shirt was again a joint project between Penn State and Nike. Fans can purchase the 2023 Penn State White Out shirt here.
  • The Iowa game is presented by the Penn State Bookstore.


Oct. 14 – UMass: Homecoming, Generations of Greatness

  • Penn State Homecoming will celebrate the 2023-24 Guide State Forward award winners during the game. The annual Homecoming Parade will return to campus and downtown State College on Friday night, October 13.
  • The Penn State football team will once again turn back the clock for a special “Generations of Greatness” game. The Nittany Lions will don uniforms with design elements from uniforms past.
  • The UMass game is presented by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Counci.


Oct. 28 – Indiana: Military Appreciation Day; Seats for Servicemembers

  • Penn State will honor the men and women who have bravely served our country by dedicating a game to them when the Nittany Lions take the field against Indiana. This year’s Military Appreciation theme will be honoring military families and the sacrifices they also make for our country.
  • Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets to be donated to military members and their families through the “Seats for Servicemembers” program. ROTC elite, active duty, veterans and military families will be honored during the game. To support the “Seats for Servicemembers” program, call 1-800-NITTANY or click here.
  • The Indiana game is presented by Penn State World Campus while the Military Appreciation Day activities are presented by SRS Distribution.


Nov. 11 – Michigan: Penn State Stripe Out

  • Michigan will mark the return of the Penn State Stripe Out. Each section will be coordinated in either all blue or white clothing to create a stripe effect in Beaver Stadium.
  • Fans can learn their stripe out color at
  • The Michigan game is presented by the Smeal College of Business.


Nov. 18 – Rutgers: Senior Day; All-U Day

  • The home schedule concludes with Senior Day. The Nittany Lion seniors will be introduced for the final time in front of the Beaver Stadium faithful.
  • The annual All-University Day will include involvement of student representatives from all Penn State campuses during halftime.
  • The Rutgers game is presented by New Holland with Senior Day presented by the Penn State Alumni Association.


State’s season opener on Sept. 2, against West Virginia in Beaver Stadium, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on NBC. A total of 41 lettermen are returning for Penn State in 2023. The Nittany Lions return 13 starters – seven on offense and six on defense.


For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and ticket information for the 2023 Penn State Football season presented by PSECU, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit, or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To request information to purchase group tickets, click here.

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