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Gameday Observations: Delaware

The winning streak improves to two.

No. 7 Penn State football defeated Delaware in quick fashion Saturday, taking down the Fightin’ Blue Hens — who didn’t actually fight all that much — by a score of 63-7. Strong performances from Drew Allar and Beau Pribula at quarterback, five different running backs, and just about the whole defense kept the Nittany Lions on top through the whole game.

Saturday’s game didn’t have the thrill of a season-opener against West Virginia or the hype that comes with a ranked opponent, but there was still plenty going on. Let’s take a dive into what we saw in Happy Valley over the weekend.

We Dance In 158!

Saturday was the Nittany Lions’ annual THON game to promote the annual 46-hour charity event benefitting organizations fighting pediatric cancer.

As always, the student section was outfitted with the yellow ribbon logo beside the “S Zone.” While it took some time for the ribbon to take shape, and it quickly dispersed after halftime, the design was as gorgeous as ever.

The student section design was paired with on-field demonstrations, too. Shiloh Crimmel, a 7-year-old girl and childhood cancer survivor, served as the game’s “Kickoff Kid,” while other THON families were in attendance at honored at the game. We dance in 158!

Penn State Football Can Get 100,000 People To Watch Just About Anything

Despite playing an FCS opponent, and subsequently running them into the ground, the Nittany Lions drew an announced crowd of 108,575. It wasn’t the same attendance as the crowd of 110,747 that witnessed Penn State defeat West Virginia, but it was an impressive showing all the same.

Granted, there were far fewer than 100,000 people in the stadium by the fourth quarter, but who can blame the crowd? Rain was in the forecast and the game seemed over midway through the second quarter. Nobody wants to get their chicken baskets wet and those Fireball shooters weren’t going to down themselves.

Regardless, Penn State’s next home game will be its White Out against Iowa in two weeks. If Delaware can get a crowd of 108,000 to watch it play football, just imagine what’s coming.

Fans Encounter Peacock Streaming Difficulty

Many folks tuning in to Penn State football from beyond the confines of Beaver Stadium ran into issues with streaming the game on Peacock. While some streamers encountered nothing but smooth sailing, others reported freezing, glitching, and poor audio quality despite sound wifi and internet.

Mother Nature Is A Penn Stater

Rain was seemingly imminent throughout the weekend, but seemed to dodge State College at the right moments. A Friday night storm swerved to the west at the last moment to allow everyone to hit the town before the game. While clouds threatened rain overhead throughout the entirety of the game itself, the stadium was dry from the opening kickoff to the final snap.

Of course, the rain wasn’t so patient as to let everyone tailgate in peace. Those of us in the press box were treated to a light show that seemed to start as we got in the elevator and finished when we hit the publish button. Our football beat stayed dry, but we’re sorry if not everyone was as lucky.

Penn State Honors The 1973 Team

THON families weren’t the only ones who made cameos on the field. Penn State also honored its 1973 team, which went 12-0 en route to an Orange Bown victory over No. 16 LSU and saw John Cappelletti win the Heisman Trophy. Somehow, this team was only ranked No. 5 in the country, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Cappelletti is still the only Nittany Lion to win a Heisman, but after Drew Allar threw for 529 yards in the last two games, there might be a new trophy on the wall in the near future. Never say never.

Pocket Watching In The Student Section

Penn State students have long gotten away with sneaking ~prohibited~ substances into the Beaver Stadium student section. But in the Nittany Lions’ last two games over the last two weeks, security has taken a step up.

Student have reported getting their pockets emptied and items taken and confiscated. Liquor shooters, vapes, and more were reported as taken by security. At one point in the Delaware game, security groups reportedly walked from the top of a section to the bottom to confiscate someone’s vape midgame.

Security is really trying to step up its game.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a junior journalism major at Penn State and an associate editor at Onward State. He covers Penn State football, and enjoys yelling on Twitter about Philadelphia/Penn State sports. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. Please direct all praise about punters toward him on Twitter (iamjoelister) or via email ([email protected]).

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