PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Gameday Observations: Penn State vs Michigan

This weekend’s game was, for lack of a better term, a bloodbath. The Nittany Lions were hapless, and the Wolverines too talented to be stopped. But the Ann Arbor experience was one that left an impression on the Onward State crew that traveled to the game. Here are some of our gameday observations from the Big House.

David Abruzzese

Ann Arbor is a nice place: We joke about Ann Arbor being a certain epithet that rhymes with “door,” but I must say I was impressed. The folks were friendly, the town was vibrant, and the pregame atmosphere was electric. It was a significant change of pace from State College, but it was a fun place.

The Big House was everything I thought it would be: There are plenty of Big House takes here, but I thought the stadium was simply fantastic. You could feel the history the second you walked through the gates. Our view of the one-sided affair was incredible, and the feeling of walking onto the turf for the first time and striking the Heisman pose on the “M” (and being tweeted at by Charles Woodson) are memories I won’t soon forget. Pro tip: when traveling to road football games, bring a football with you. You might just get to throw it on the field after the game.

14434816_1213367415352284_2918232296567247288_o

 

Alex Bauer

Beaver Stadium is definitely bigger than the Big House: Don’t get me wrong, the Big House is a great stadium with some great people, but Beaver Stadium is definitely bigger. Walking onto the field was surprisingly underwhelming. Looking around at the stands it looked like Beaver Stadium without the upper deck additions. It was pretty evident that what makes the Big House so “big” is the fact that they only give a few inches per seat for your butt in the bleachers.

Ethan Kasales

Ann Arbor loves football: Aside from the final score, Saturday’s atmosphere in Ann Arbor was awesome. Walking around Michigan Stadium before the game and taking in the beautiful architecture of the Big House and its surrounding gates was really neat. The funniest part of our trip was undoubtedly hearing a campus traffic cop give fans crossing a busy intersection near the stadium the long-winded history of Penn State-Michigan over the loudspeaker. You simply can’t make stuff like that up. The main highlight of the day, though, was getting the chance to go on the field following James Franklin’s press conference and toss the ball around for a few minutes long after the last fan had left. You can sign me up for a return trip to Ann Arbor any time.

Chris Sponagle

Penn State needs a Jim Harbaugh: The fans of a Michigan seem to view him as a God, and it’s worth noting when the PA announced his name he received the loudest applause. This definitely is not the case when James Franklin is announced at Beaver Stadium. All-in-all, the The Big House is an awesome college football venue. I just hope the next time I see a game there it results in a Penn State win.

Steve Connelly

Michigan’s tailgating scene was nuts before the game: I haven’t seen anything like it outside of Happy Valley. The major difference I saw was the Ann Arbor tailgates were vacant after the game, while the many lots around Beaver Stadium are vibrant into the early hours of the morning.

Parts of the Big House were Pristine: The press box was absolutely amazing. Everything about the experience had a professional feel to it. The stadium was in a great location — somewhat in a more downtown area of Ann Arbor. There were other parts of the stadium, such as the seating, that were definitely older. This isn’t something that’s uncommon in a number of college football stadiums. Michigan’s stadium is probably a good example for Penn State of how to modernize Beaver Stadium without completely rebuilding it.

About the Author

Staff

Posts from the all-student staff of Onward State.

Comments

Athletics

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Sauve originally committed to Vermont in 2015, but flipped to Penn State at the eleventh hour and will join the Nittany Lions next season.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Student Life

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Penn State Names Guadagnino Vice President For Administration

Guadagnino will continue to provide legal advice as associate general counsel in addition to his duties as vice president.

As Disciplinary Hearing Opens, Expert Says Baldwin Failed To Properly Represent Ex-Penn State Administrators

A Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board hearing began on Tuesday in Pittsburgh for former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin, who is accused of violating rules of professional conduct in her representation of former university administrators during the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend