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The Best Penn State Moment Bracket: Round 2

Folks…This is March…still.

You voted, and the first round of Onward State’s official “Best Penn State Moment” bracket is over. Although there were a few upsets, the top dogs hung around and survived. Now, the fun begins.

Sixteen of Penn State’s top sports and student life moments remain in our bracket. Each will continue competing head-to-head until you, our readers, definitively prove which Penn State memory ranks supreme.

Without further ado, let’s break it down.

Sports

Blocked kick against Ohio State (2016) (96.5% over Penn State men’s basketball’s 2018 NIT title) vs. Joe Paterno has wins restored (2015) (70.1% over Penn State hoops’ No. 9 ranking)

Can’t say we’re surprised here. Penn State football’s electric blocked kick surely remains one of Nittany Lions’ fans’ all-time favorite moments. Paterno’s restored wins slightly edged out Penn State hoops’ groundbreaking 2019-20 ranking.

Who wins this week, folks? Could Paterno’s individual glory wipe away the top-ranked Ohio State stunner? You decide.

Penn State football’s 1982 championship (71.1% over women’s soccer’s 2015 national title) vs. Penn State women’s volleyball’s 2007-10 four-peat (62.5% over Saquon Barkley drafted No. 2 overall)

Man, you folks really do like your football, huh? Still, not enough to take down Russ Rose and the Nittany Lions’ four straight national titles from 2007 to 2010. You’ll need to figure out which championship(s) mean the most!

“Mo Bamba” vs. Michigan (58.9% over Cael Sanderson’s arrival at Penn State) vs. Penn State football’s 2016 Big Ten title (85.6% over Penn State men’s hockey’s 2017 Big Ten Tournament title)

Upset city! You guys loved seeing Jim Harbaugh blow a timeout before a game started even more than watching Cael Sanderson kick off perhaps the greatest dynasty in Nittany Lions history. Go figure.

Could Harbaugh’s mini-meltdown get enough love to triumph over Penn State football’s incredible 2016 season? That’s for you to decide!

John Cappelletti wins 1973 Heisman Trophy (52.3% over Wally Triplett makes Cotton Bowl history) vs. Penn State football’s 1986 championship and undefeated season (77.2% over Adam Taliaferro’s return to Beaver Stadium)

Cappelletti’s Heisman (the only in Penn State history!) snuck out a close victory over one of the most defining aspects of Wally Triplett’s storied legacy. His hardware will go head-to-head with Penn State football’s famed undefeated season in a heavyweight showdown.

Student Life & Events

The White Out (94.2% over Onward State’s founding) vs. College GameDay’s 2017 return (69.8% over the Mifflin Streak)

Certainly no surprise here. We hope you love Onward State as much as we do, but there’s no way in hell we can go head-to-head with the Penn State White Out. The Nittany Lions’ greatest tradition should, in all honesty, blow College GameDay out of the water this time around.

Students riot after Eagles win Super Bowl LII (51.1% over Homecoming) vs. State Patty’s (64% over the Taco Bell vigil)

Boy, talk about an upset. As a No. 13 seed, State Patty’s obliterated the beloved Taco Bell vigil to force its way into a marquee matchup with some raucous Eagles fans. It’s safe to say both sides in this bout will be decked out in midnight green.

Singing the Alma Mater (71.7% over Blue-White Game) vs. the Jonas Brothers’ surprise 2019 show at Champs Downtown (67.8% over Sylly Week)

You folks love live entertainment, huh? Whether it’s to “Year 3000” or Penn State’s beloved Alma Mater, Nittany Lions must be big fans of belting their hearts out. Now, you’ll need to pick which tune you love enough to send to the next round.

Penn State’s 2020 return to campus (50.4% over 2016’s downtown clown riots) vs. THON (93.5% over Homecoming’s gender-neutral court)

Our readers just barely sent Penn State’s miraculous return to campus to the next round over those wacky clown riots. Now, it’ll face a heavyweight like THON, which dominated its first-round matchup.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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