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Things That Have Happened Since Penn State Football Was Last Unranked

The Nittany Lions have fallen out of the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since October 2016 after dropping their second game of the season to No. 3 Ohio State on Halloween.

Our world has certainly changed a lot since the last time Penn State wasn’t included in the AP Top 25 Poll. From different presidents to different trends to a world without a global pandemic, 2016 seems like it was eons ago.

The last time Penn State was unranked…

Vine Was Still Active

Even though its popularity was quickly fading, people were still using Vine leading up to October 2016. Nobody could forget this legendary take of former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorehead.

via Roar Lions Roar on Vine

The Chainsmoker’s ‘Closer’ Was The No. 1 Song On The Billboard Hot 100

I guess this is when “Closer” also became a staple on the Beaver Stadium playlist. Who cares, it still slaps!

Pokémon GO Was On Top Of The World

Pokémon GO debuted in July 2016 and quickly took the world by storm, including Penn State. Students roamed campus trying to get lucky and catch pokémon. Nothing made you feel more like a king than catching a rare pokémon.

Harambe Was An Internet Sensation

First of all, RIP Harambe. In case you don’t remember, Harambe was the gorilla that was killed in the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016. The legend of Harambe still lives on at Penn State, though, as students pay homage to the gorilla through UPUA write-ins every year.

The Mannequin Challenge Was The Internet’s Biggest Trend

The Mannequin Challenge was probably the biggest trend in the country while Penn State was about to become ranked for the first time during the James Franklin era. Of course, the Nittany Lions capitalized on it beautifully.

TikTok Had Just Made Its Debut

Who could’ve predicted in 2016 that Trace McSorely would become a TikTok legend? Definitely not us.

Clown Riots Broke Out In State College

Thousands of students gathered in East, South, and Pollock Halls, at Old Main, and on College Ave. after rumors of a clown sighting rapidly spread throughout campus. This sounds like something that would perfectly fit inside the plot of 2020, doesn’t it?

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