Penn State’s Blue-White Game saw an estimated 71,000 fans fill practically all but the upper decks of Beaver Stadium Saturday, making it the fourth-highest turnout in all of college football.
Despite overcast skies and temperatures in the low 50s, James Franklin’s Nittany Lions were only outdone by Ohio State (80,134), Nebraska (78,312), and Alabama (74,326) in terms of spring game attendance.
There’s still another weekend of scrimmages left, but it doesn’t appear that UCLA will offer much of a challenge after roughly 8,000 fans attended last year’s game in the Rose Bowl. And Oregon’s Autzen Stadium only holds a capacity of 54,000.
The defending Big Ten champs drew 6,000 more fans than last year’s Blue-White Game even though 2016 offered far better weather. In expected fashion, the Blue team topped the White team 26-0 behind a stellar showing from backup quarterback Tommy Stevens, who finished with 216 yards passing and three touchdowns. The white team, comprised primarily of reserve players, has scored just seven points the last four years.
Penn State has the chance to rest up over the coming weeks before player-run practices kick off the summer. The Nittany Lions will welcome their newest crop of freshmen in June ahead of training camp.