FBS newcomer UMass to visit Penn State in 2014

FBS newcomer UMass will play Penn State in 2014 in an

early-season nonconference game in Happy Valley.

UMass announced the Sept. 20, 2014 matchup in a statement over

the weekend.

The game also allows Penn State coach Bill O’Brien to host a

team from his home state. O’Brien was born Dorchester, Mass., and

raised in the Boston suburb of Andover.

O’Brien also has notoriety in New England after spending six

seasons as an assistant coach for the Patriots, including offensive

coordinator in 2011.

A power in the Football Championship Subdivision, UMass is

upgrading its program to FBS status starting this fall. The

Minutemen will play in the Mid-American Conference.