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Ohio State Game Declared White Out

The White Out game will return to its origins this year against THE Ohio State University. The White Out game has become an annual Penn State classic and is one of the main reasons why our student section has been named as the best in the country for the past few years.

For those who are new to Penn State, the White Out game was first established in October 2005 during a rainy game against the sixth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. This was a statement game for the then undefeated Nittany Lions. It was decided that the student section would turn out and wear all white (it reflects more light and makes the area look larger and more intimidating) in addition living up to the loud and intimidating atmosphere Beaver Stadium had become known for. The game ended in a 17-10 Nittany Lion victory off of a Tamba Hali forced fumble (aka “The Fumble”) from the future Heisman winner Troy Smith in front of a home crowd of 109,839 fans (the 10th largest in stadium history).

The White Out was recognized in national newspapers as one of the most impressive sights in football. While this game led to broken stands, riots, and the last time students were able to rush the field, they were able to come together for a common cause. This event creates a sense of unity that Penn State is well known for, which is why it is so near and dear to us. Since that fall night seven years ago, the White Out has been expanded to include all fans in attendance, and other teams — both collegiate and professional — have tried to copy, spin, and ultimately fail at attempts to recreate the atmosphere. However, none have been able to come close to what Penn State has done.

Mark October 27 on your calendars and I hope to see all of Nittany Nation there at 6 p.m. sharp, under the Beaver Stadium lights, smothered in white, coming together in solidarity.


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