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Emotions, Excitement Abound During Penn State-Nebraska Game

The fans packed Beaver Stadium. The student-organized “Blue-Out” was a success. There were emotional moments, as well as exciting moments as Penn State took on Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. Here is a recap of some of the best/most touching moments after one half of play today.

Probably the most touching moment during pre-game was when both teams knelt together at midfield prior to the coin toss. Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown led the teams in prayer.

  • Students started arriving early for today’s game. Nearly two hours before kickoff, students started to file into the stadium.
  • One of the biggest crowds ever was outside the stadium to support the Nittany Lions as they got off the bus.
  • Every time a new unit entered the field for warm-ups, they were greeted with a huge round of applause.
  • When Tom Bradley entered the field for the first time, he shook hands with students sitting in the first row.
  • Amid the excitement, there were somber overtones. Many fans were tearing up before the game started.
  • There was a moment of silence for all victims of sexual abuse.
  • As the Blue Band played the alma mater, fans sang quite loudly–especially the line, “May no act of ours bring shame.”
  • Fans were extremely loud during the game, especially when Nebraska was on offense
Overall, the game did have a bit of an odd feeling due to the nature of the Jerry Sandusky case hovering in everyone’s minds. However, touching tributes to the victims and an electric student section provided a wonderful atmosphere.

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Michael Berton

I grew up in a Philly suburb, then moved to a different one. I am now at Penn State, where I can actually sate my giant appetite for sports. Other than writing, I also play the cello in the Penn State Philharmonic.

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