Gameday Observations: Central Michigan

Another week, another win for Penn State football.

Despite some brief struggles, the Nittany Lions easily handled Central Michigan en route to a 33-14 win over the Chippewas at Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon. James Franklin’s squad even jumped up three spots to No. 11 in the AP Top 25 Poll following the win.

On-field results aside, there were plenty of things we noticed during another football Saturday in Happy Valley.

Chad Powers 40-Yard Dash Competition Was A Hit

Chad Powers is him.

Prior to the game, Penn State Athletics hosted an “Are You Faster Than Chad Powers?” competition at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, with winners taking home a free Powers t-shirt. Being the gritty bloggers we are, some of our staffers planned to take part in this competition.

However, the line was just too long, so that didn’t happen. People couldn’t wait to run a 40-yard dash on the field. One lad even face-planted at the conclusion of the dash, which definitely isn’t embarrassing at all. We’ll chalk that up to not having cleats on.

Kudos to Penn State Athletics, though. This whole Chad Powers thing has blown up, and Athletics has taken full advantage.

‘We Want Drew!’ Chants Pour In From Student Section

Man, this was tough.

In the midst of a tough 7-for-17 stretch from Sean Clifford, Penn State’s student section grew impatient. Calls for Drew Allar began with loud “We Want Drew!” chants after every Clifford incompletion. I suppose this is what happens when you have a former five-star prospect-turned phenom waiting in the wings.

Well, Penn State fans did eventually get to see Allar. The true freshman checked in at quarterback in the fourth quarter and completed 2-of-5 passes for 20 yards.

Nittany Lion Goes ‘Worldwide’

This was so sick.

During a timeout, the Symbol of Our Best came out rocking his best Pitbull look. The Nittany Lion really did look like Mr. Worldwide out there, dancing along to popular Pitbull songs like “Give Me Everything” and “Fireball.”

This is now the second straight home game the Nittany Lion has legitimately impressed with the outfit choice. Against Ohio, it was cupid, and against Central Michigan, it was Mr. 305. What’s in store for the Northwestern game?

Pat Freiermuth & Marcus Allen Return To Happy Valley

The Penn State –> Pittsburgh Steelers pipeline was on full display Saturday afternoon. Two former Penn State football stars — Pat Freiermuth and Marcus Allen — returned to Beaver Stadium to watch the Nittany Lions’ win over Central Michigan.

Naturally, the two Penn Staters each led the crowd in “We Are” chants during timeouts, which of course had the fans fired up. Freiermuth even exchanged pleasantries with his former head coach, James Franklin. Franklin looked so damn happy to see him, folks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Franklin smile that big.

Freiermuth also spent some time with current Penn State starting tight end Brenton Strange, even cracking a joke that Strange was going to break one of his own records if Clifford keeps throwing to him.

Freiermuth and Allen will be back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, when the 1-2 Steelers host the New York Jets.

Always FTK

As part of Penn State football’s annual THON game, the S-Zone featured a yellow ribbon in honor of THON. Additionally, some players donned THON stickers on their helmets to show their support For The Kids.

We dance in 144, Penn State!

Welcome Back, 1982 National Title Team

A significant piece of Penn State football’s illustrious history was back in the building on Saturday. The program’s 1982 national-championship winning team was honored at halftime of the Nittany Lions’ game against the Chippewas.

The 1982 Nittany Lions defeated Georgia 27-23 in the Sugar Bowl to win the program’s first claimed national title. Under the tutelage of Joe Paterno, Penn State went 11-1 and featured that season’s Davey O’Brien Trophy winner, Todd Blackledge.

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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