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                === Penn State, UCF to square off in Dublin ===
 
 University  Park,  PA (Sports Network) -  Penn State Nittany Lions football is
 going abroad for the first time in its storied century-plus history.
 
 On  Sunday, the  school  announced that  the  Nits will  kick  off their  2014
 campaign against Central Florida in Dublin on August 30.
 
 The  game will  be  contested at  Croke  Park --  headquarters  of the  Gaelic
 Athletic Association.
 
 "This  is a  hugely significant event for Croke Park and Ireland," said Paraic
 Duffy,  director  general of  the GAA. "We  in the GAA  are looking forward to
 hosting a competitive sporting occasion.
 
 "Irish  people are  renowned  for their  love  of sport  as  evidenced by  the
 thousands  who attend our games throughout the year. I have no doubt that this
 game will be every bit as attractive."
 
 The  Penn State-UCF  contest will be the eighth American college football game
 held  in Ireland. The  last one contested in Croke Park was in 1996 when Notre
 Dame played Navy. The Irish and Midshipmen played in Dublin's Aviva Stadium to
 open the 2012 season.
 
 Penn  State will  be the first Big Ten Conference team to play internationally
 since  Michigan  State and Wisconsin  met in Tokyo  in the 1993 regular season
 finale.
 
 "We've  not  only grown  our appreciation  for the games  so entrenched in the
 history  and traditions here in Ireland, but have also confirmed that, because
 of  the Irish people  and their hospitality, Penn State fans are going to love
 their  time here in  late summer of 2014," said PSU director of athletics Dave
 Joyner.
 
 Under  trying  circumstances and the  leadership of first-year head coach Bill
 O'Brien, Penn State finished last season with an 8-4 record and 6-2 conference
 mark,  which was  good enough for second  place in the Leaders Division of the
 Big  Ten. PSU opens up its 2013 slate by playing Syracuse on August 31 in East
 Rutherford, NJ.
 
 "We  are thrilled to  announce that we will play UCF at Croke Park to open the
 2014  season, " said O'Brien. "Our players and coaches are so excited to go to
 Ireland  and  play a college football  game in such a historic and outstanding
 venue.  I have great respect for Coach O'Leary and his team and playing UCF in
 Ireland will be a fantastic experience for all the players, coaches and fans."
 
 
 07/14 14:17:14 ET