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Hoosiers to open 2013 football season on a Thursday night

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BLOOMINGTON -

For the third time in school history, the Indiana football team will open the season on a Thursday night. The Hoosiers will host Indiana State on Thursday, Aug. 29. Kickoff time and television will be announced at a later date.

The move from the originally scheduled date of Saturday, Aug. 31, gives Hoosier fans a perfect way to kick off their Labor Day weekend.

IU is 2-0 in Thursday season openers, defeating Eastern Kentucky in 2009 and Towson in 2010.

The Indiana State game is the first of eight home contests in 2013 and marks the second time in school history the program will host eight games (2008).

Navy makes its first trip to Bloomington since 1986 on Sept. 7. The Hoosiers have won both meetings between the two programs at Memorial Stadium.

Indiana faces Bowling Green for the first time on Sept. 14 and wraps up the non-conference schedule against Missouri on Sept. 21. IU is 6-2-2 all-time against the Tigers, including a 20-10 home victory the last time the two teams met on Sept. 26, 1992.

Following a bye week, the Hoosiers open Big Ten play against Penn State on Oct. 5. Indiana will then host Minnesota(Nov. 2) and Illinois (Nov. 9) before closing out the regular season and battling Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket on Nov. 30.

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