Gameday Observations: 2024 Blue-White Game

Well, folks, another Blue-White Game has come and gone.

With a second year in a normal game format in the books, Penn State football took to Beaver Stadium for the first time all spring for its scrimmage in front of its fans. The game featured two touchdowns from freshman running back Quinton Martin Jr. and a touchdown from Andrew Rappleyea as White took its second straight victory 27-0.

The first game in Beaver Stadium brought plenty of memories. Here’s what we saw on Saturday.

Welcome Home, Alums

Plenty of former Penn State football players were in Beaver Stadium for Saturday’s game. Notable attendees included Trace McSorley, Sean Clifford, Olu Fashanu, Caedan Wallace, Christian Hackenberg, Miles Sanders, and more.

Sanders even did some recruiting work for Penn State, connecting with recruiting Class of 2025 Nittany Lion commit Tiqwai Hayes, per Hayes’ Instagram story.

Happy Birthday, Nittany Lion!

The Nittany Lion’s birthday is almost here! Penn State celebrated the symbol of our best by giving the Nittany Lion a birthday gift for his 120th birthday, which is coming up in just a few days. Who knew lions lived that long?

The gift was the 2024 White Out t-shirt, which pays homage to the Nittany Lion for Penn State’s 2024 White Out game. With a large print of the Lion on the back, it’ll be hard to forget about him for a few months.

Courtesy of Penn State Athletics

Who Wants A Warm-Up Hoodie?

Penn State seemed to have debuted new hoodies just for the Blue-White Game, and they were gorgeous. Featuring a light brown banner in the center that matched the sleeves and hood, paired with a blue torso, these things were impeccable.

We have a feeling our wallets are going to be a bit lighter in the next week.

Plenty Of Absences

Several Nittany Lions didn’t suit up or didn’t play in the Blue-White Game. Notable absences included quarterback Jaxon Smolik, running back Kaytron Allen, cornerback KJ Winston, and others who attended the game in street clothes and didn’t play due to injury. Running back Nick Singleton dressed but didn’t play and postgame, James Franklin said he picked up “bumps and bruises” in training.

Wide receiver KeAndre Lambert-Smith wasn’t seen at the game but was listed on the roster. Lambert-Smith is reportedly expected to enter the transfer portal when it opens. Franklin avoided commenting on Lambert-Smith’s status.

Windy Conditions Cause Issues For Trash & Tailgates

It’s not Happy Valley unless the weather is iffy.

After rain on Thursday and Friday nights, Saturday’s skies were mostly clear, but the wind whipped around State College all day. It caused the university to put out a warning to tailgaters in the area, and trash bags flew around parking lots throughout the day.

Inside Beaver Stadium, conditions weren’t much better. During the game, a beach ball escaped the crowd and took off on a diagonal run down the field that would’ve made Saquon Barkley proud. After the game, the field was littered with the remains of chicken baskets as paper scraps formed miniature tornadoes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the cleanup crews.

Quarterbacks Get Electric

After rocking a gray look at last year’s Blue-White Game, Penn State’s quarterbacks wore an electric/baby/light blue at this year’s event. Quarterbacks couldn’t be tackled during play, and the jerseys served to differentiate them from other players.

Largely, the jerseys received positive reviews from fans. They certainly kept the quarterbacks safe and stood out from the normal blue and white jerseys a bit more than last year’s gray look.

No Announced Attendance

Normally, Penn State will announce fan attendance for the Blue-White Game, despite these numbers often seeming skewed. Last year’s announced attendance was 63,000 on the mark, while prior years frequently eclipsed 60,000.

However, at the 2024 Blue-White Game, that wasn’t the case. Penn State didn’t get a ton of fans in the gate, possibly because of the weather, and it didn’t announce any estimation either. Regardless, it was less than the 80,000 who came to Ohio State’s spring game on the same day.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a junior journalism major at Penn State and Onward State's managing editor. He covers Penn State football, among other Penn State sports. He also listens to Mac Miller more than you. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. For dumb stuff, follow him on Twitter (iamjoelister). For serious stuff, email him ([email protected]).

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