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PHILADELPHIA - For the third time in the last seven games, the University of Pennsylvania football team will play to a national television audience. VERSUS announced they will televise Penn's football game at Dartmouth on Oct. 3, moving the kickoff time to noon.
The nationally televised contest marks the second consecutive season in which the Red and Blue have appeared on VERSUS - which is available in more than 75 million homes. Last season, the Quakers fell to Ivy League co-champion Brown, 34-27, despite out gaining the Bears 360-310 at Franklin Field on Nov. 1. The following week, the Quakers were again on national television as ESPNU broadcasted Penn's Friday night win at Princeton. In all last season, Penn's eight televised games set a school record.
The VERSUS broadcast marks the fifth Penn game set to be televised this season. This also means each of the first three games of the 2009 campaign will have been televised. Penn's season-opening matchup with Villanova was on the Comcast Network, while Saturday's game at Lafayette will be shown live on RCN and tape-delayed on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN)--the home of MLB's Baltimore Orioles and the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.
RCN reaches homes in and around Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., while MASN will carry a tape delayed broadcast in a seven-state area, from Harrisburg, Pa., to Charlotte, N.C., and including Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, the District of Columbia and parts of West Virginia.
The Oct. 3 matchup will be the Ivy League opener for both Penn and Dartmouth. Both teams dropped their first game of the season on Saturday with Dartmouth falling to Colgate, 34-15, and No. 2 Villanova topping Penn, 14-3. This week Dartmouth takes on No. 6 New Hampshire, while Penn travels to Lafayette.