Top 16 Moments of PSU Football, Part 2

A new era of Penn State Football will begin when Bill O’Brien takes over this fall, but before it does, we decided to take a look back at some of the memorable moments over the past decade.

In this week’s installment, Onward State has created a bracket of top moments from the past ten years. Vote on your favorites, and check back next week for results and the next set of matchups!


-The Fumble, Part II 53%

First WhiteHouse 47%


-409 87%

Clark’s Last Game 13%


Williams vs. Illinois 27%

-First BCS Win 73%


LJ’s Big Day 22%

-The Drive 78%




Tom Bradley Region:

Smelling the Roses (Michigan State, 2008)

Penn State beat Michigan State 49-18 in snowy conditions to clinch the Big Ten Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. The win was also the 800th in program history.


400 (Northwestern, 2010)

Trailing 21-0 late in the second quarter, the Lions scored 35 unanswered points, highlighted by four Matt McGloin touchdown passes, to give Coach Joe Paterno his 400th win. This also matched the largest comeback under Paterno.


Goal Line Stand (Indiana, 2004)

With last-place Indiana about to take the lead on a late touchdown, the Nittany Lions stopped them on four straight goal line plays to preserve victory. The momentum carried over to the next week, as the Lions beat Michigan State to close the season.


Blue-Out (Nebraska, 2011)

Penn State lost this game to #19 Nebraska. This game will be remembered, however, by the students wearing blue in honor of the victims of child abuse, the sky-high emotions of the game and Senior Day festivities, and the sportsmanship displayed by both programs in a truly trying time for Penn State.

John Cappelletti Region:

The Fumble (Ohio State, 2005)

In front of the first ever White Out crowd, Penn State beat the #6 Buckeyes 17-10. A Tamba Hali strip sack of Troy Smith with less than two minutes left in the game closed the deal, and put Penn State Football back on the map.


Michael Robinson’s Hit (Minnesota, 2005)

There were many good things about this 44-14 win over Minnesota, including holding Heisman-contender Laurence Maroney to just 44 rushing yards, but the hit Michael Robinson laid on Brandon Owens is the highlight that lives on.


Beaver Stadium Attendance Record (Nebraska, 2002)

A record 110,753 fans watched Penn State beat #7 Nebraska 40-7. It was Penn State’s first win over a top-ten team since 1999.


The Safety (Michigan, 2008)

With Penn State tied against lowly Michigan, Jared Odrick sacked Michigan QB Nick Sheridan in the end zone for a safety. This was the highlight of a 32-0 scoring run, as Penn State pulled away for a 46-17 win, the first against Michigan since 1997.


Check back next week for the first round results and Elite 8 matchups!

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Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson was Onward State's Acting Managing Editor/Resident Old Man. He lived in Harrisburg almost his whole life, but he says he's from California -- where he was born -- because that's more fun. He loves cats and Chinese food, but only separately. He met both Ben Affleck and Kanye West within a half hour, so the three of them are basically best friends. If you want to hear his #scorching #hot #takes, you can follow him at @ARobinsonPSU or email him at [email protected].

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