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Irish announce football game times for ’06 season

Pat Leonard | Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Notre Dame officially announced the kickoff times for its seven home football games in 2006 on Tuesday. NBC Sports will televise all of the games nationally.

The Notre Dame Stadium schedule opens with a 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) start Sept. 9 against Penn State.

The Nittany Lions defeated Florida State 26-23 in triple overtime in the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Penn State has not played at Notre Dame Stadium since 1992, a 17-16 Irish victory.

The rest of the schedule includes familiar foes and also some new faces. Notre Dame hosts Michigan on Sept. 16 (3:30 p.m. EDT), Purdue on Sept. 30 (2:30 p.m. EDT) and Stanford on Oct. 7 (2:30 p.m. EDT) – all teams the Irish defeated last season on the road.

But Notre Dame is visited by UCLA on Oct. 21 (2:30 p.m. EDT), North Carolina on Nov. 4 (2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time [EST]) and Army on Nov. 18 to close out the home slate (2:30 p.m. EST).

UCLA has not played in South Bend since 1964, and the Bruins have only faced the Irish twice. North Carolina has been to South Bend 10 times, but not since 1971, and Army’s most recent visit was in 1998.