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Penn State Football: A Season in Photos

The 2012 Penn State Football season will forever be remembered for a myriad of moments. Over the course of the season, we all witnessed these moments — both in triumph and defeat. Below is a compilation of some of our favorite images taken by our staff during this truly unforgettable season.


Bill O’Brien walks on the Beaver Stadium grass with his players on a hot and sunny media day — his first as a Nittany Lion.(Photo: Dave Cole)

Entering the season, Matt McGloin was competing for the starting QB job.(Photo: Dave Cole)

Bill O’Brien on the practice field on Media Day. (Photo: Dave Cole)


Bill O’Brien is the first to step off the bus in the season opener against Ohio. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Nittany Lions take on Ohio: Football is back in Happy Valley. (Photo: Kat Rodriguez)

Students display their support for Coach O’Brien. (Photo: Dave Cole)

RB Derek Day fights for yards against Ohio. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Michael Mauti hangs his head after failing to stop a late Ohio TD.   (Photo: Dave Cole)


Bill O’Brien leads his players onto the field against Navy. (Photo: Kat Rodriguez)

Penn State defenders swarm to make the gang tackle. (Photo: Kat Rodriguez)


Bill O’Brien and the lions are hungry for win number two vs. Temple. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Despite a quiet start, Zach Zwinak finished the season with 1,000 yards rushing. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Under pressure, Matt McGloin completes a a pass to Kyle Carter. (Photo:Dave Cole)

A view of the Nittany Lion from behind the Blue Band during pre-game warmups.(Photo: Dave Cole)

Senior LB Gerald Hodges was a dominant force all season.(Photo: Dave Cole)


Blue Band trumpets get fired up prior to gametime. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Tight end Kyle Carter has had a promising freshman season.(Photo: Dave Cole)

FB Michael Zordich extends near the goal line (Photo: Kat Rodriguez)

The lions offense broke free in the second half against Northwestern. (Photo:Dave Cole)

Linebackers Mike Hull and Michael Mauti celebrate a 4th-down stop. (Photo:Dave Cole)

RB Zach Zwinak had a breakout game on the ground. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Eric Shrive and Jordan Hill are key cogs on the offensive and defensive lines. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Following the resounding win, players celebrated during the singing of the Alma Mater.(Photo: Dave Cole)

Ohio State

Drum major Ian Kenney leads the band during pregame. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Michael Yancich recovers a blocked punt in the endzone to put Penn State ahead.(Photo: Dave Cole)

Penn State struggled to consistently contain Braxton Miller in the loss. (Photo:Dave Cole)

Penn State’s rushing game struggled against the stout OSU defense.(Photo: Dave Cole)


Nittanyville campers started a conga line before the game.(Photo: Dave Cole)

…Penn State! (Photo: Kat Rodriguez)

FB Michael Zordich carries the football against Indiana. (Photo: Steve Osborn)

WR Allen Robinson had another huge game against the Hoosiers. (Photo:Dave Cole)

Captain Michael Zordich shakes hands with Michael Mauti following his injury.(Photo: Dave Cole)

Mauti returned to the sideline in the fourth quarter, where teammates embraced him.(Photo: Dave Cole)

WR Allen Robinson makes one of his 10 catches on the afternoon. (Photo:Dave Cole)

Players sing the Alma Mater following the victory. (Photo: Steve Osborn)


On senior day, players greeted their waiting families on the field. (Photo:Dave Cole)

Halftime celebration in honor of THON Day at Beaver Stadium. (Photo: Steve Osborn)

In his final game, Matt McGloin turned in another excellent performance. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Zach Zwinak fights for yards against Wisconsin. (Photo: Dave Cole)

WR Allen Robinson extends to make a second-half catch. (Photo: Dave Cole)

Safety Jacob Fagnano secures a late-game interception. (Photo: Dave Cole)

  LB Gerald Hodges wore #42 to honor injured teammate Michael Mauti. (Photo:Dave Cole)

Penn State players celebrate the senior day victory. (Photo: Steve Osborn)

Following a dominant performance, DT Jordan Hill rings the victory bell. (Photo: Dave Cole)

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Dave Cole

Dave graduated from Penn State in 2013. He was the Managing Editor of this website. Dave remains a proud Onward State alumnus to this day.

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