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What The World Looked Like The Last Time Penn State Football Was 0-3

The Nittany Lions have fallen to 0-3 for the first time since 2001 after losing to Maryland Saturday.

Our world has certainly changed a lot since the last time Penn State found itself in an 0-3 hole. From different presidents to different trends to a world without a global pandemic, 2001 seems like it was a whole ‘nother world.

The last time Penn State was 0-3…

Beaver Stadium Just Finished Construction On The New Skyboxes & Upper Deck

Beaver Stadium saw its next substantial renovation prior to the 2001 season. The expansion saw the addition of 60 new skyboxes and an 11,500 seat upper deck above the south end zone, bringing Beaver Stadium’s total capacity to 107,282 at the time. And thus, #107KStrong was born.

James Franklin Was Maryland’s Receivers Coach

Franklin coached all over the country before landing the head coaching job at Penn State. Six years out of college, he trained a talented group of wide receivers before eventually becoming Maryland’s recruiting coordinator.

Shrek & Monsters, Inc. Made Their Debut

2001 saw the release of two childhood classics. “Shrek” earned more than $267 million at the box office, while “Monsters, Inc.” pulled in $577.4 million.

The Xbox Was Released

Microsoft decided to dip its feet into the gaming world in 2001 with the release of the Xbox. The company had a record-breaking launch, selling 1.5 million units by the end of 2001 thanks to its launch game juggernaut, “Halo: Combat Evolved.” The Xbox brought winning the Land-Grant Trophy in EA Sports’ NCAA Football to a whole new level.

Apple Released iTunes & iPod

How many of you youngsters remember iTunes? Before Apple Music came around, iTunes was the way to manage your music back when you had to connect your iPod to the computer.

Of course, the iPod was revolutionary at the time. Imagine finally being able to have the entire Penn State Blue Band playlist right in your pocket for the first time ever.

Netflix Offers Itself To Blockbuster For Only $50 Million

Well, we all know how that one turned out. Whoops!

The Nokia 3310 Was The Most Wanted Cell Phone

Before you go and look up a picture, no…it didn’t have a camera. There was no Snapchat or Instagram at the time! A cell phone served two main purposes at the time: making phone calls and (barely) texting.

This is still back in the day when phones didn’t have full keyboards. Can you imagine how long it would’ve taken for James Franklin to type, “Nebraska, Nebraska, Nebraska” on one of those things?

Onward State Wasn’t Even Born Yet

That’s right, folks. Your favorite Penn State blog wasn’t even a thought back then. Heck, nearly all of our staffers weren’t around, either. Do you feel old yet?

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected]

Penn State Football Announces Four Kickoff Times & Networks For 2023 Season

The Nittany Lions will partake in “Big Noon Kickoff” games against Illinois and Michigan.

Penn State Housing & Food Services To Receive Bronze Award At National Conference

The NACUFS Conference features dining awards that recognize outstanding menus, themed meals, and dining events within collegiate dining halls.

Karen Kim Named Dean Of Penn State College Of Medicine

Kim is nationally recognized for her medical advocacy work for disadvantaged and underserved communities.

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