UCF, Penn State to Play for the Dan Rooney Trophy in 2014



Sept. 11, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston , UCFKnights.com
and PSU Athletic Communications

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - There will be a lot on the line Saturday when UCF travels to Penn State as both teams have opened 2013 with identical 2-0 records. Along with the matchup at 6 p.m., the two schools along with officials from Ireland will also be looking ahead to the Croke Park Classic in Dublin next season.

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The contest in Ireland will take place Aug. 30, 2014, and will be the season opener for the Knights and the Nittany Lions. It will get underway at 8:30 a.m. ET and air nationally on ESPN2.

For all of the details including ticket information for the 2014 Croke Park Classic, visit http://ucf.crokeparkclassic.com.

Dan Rooney, the Pittsburgh Steelers' team chairman and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, is scheduled to attend Saturday's contest, as will Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Director General Páraic Duffy and Croke Park and GAA Commercial Director Peter McKenna. Rooney and Duffy will participate in the coin toss prior to this year's game.

The winning team in the Croke Park Classic will earn the Dan Rooney Trophy, which will be on display before Saturday's game. The Dan Rooney Trophy is a replica football made of bog yew and Pittsburgh steel. The yew comes from what remains of forests that grew 4,200 years ago and lie deep in the Irish midlands. The steel is left from the construction of Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For UCF fans who are unable to make the trip to Pennsylvania this weekend, the game will air on Big Ten Network as well as 740-AM The Game in Orlando.

Plan your game days this fall with the Knights and experience one of the best schedules in program history. Season tickets, starting at $89, guarantee both the South Carolina & USF match-ups.

And games are better in groups. Order today online or call 407-UCF-1000.



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