With so much hype and the emotions flying high leading up to this much-anticipated football game, the result was not the one that we wanted.
However, the atmosphere, especially, in the student section was great. I was fortunate to sit in the front row with all my friends from Nittanyville and we brought it as a student section. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t stop Ohio’s offense and Penn State’s offense didn’t show up in the second half. Here are some of my observations from Bill O’Brien’s first regular season game:
-As I already said, the student section didn’t hold anything back. Just like the players wanted to get on the field and hit Ohio, we wanted to let out our anger as well. I thought we were very loud for the majority of the game, as shown by a few false starts by Ohio.
-The Nittanyville campout started on Wednesday night and it was great throughout the week leading up to kickoff. There were more people camping out for the first game than usual because of the circumstances.
-The Nittanyville drum line, which involves us singing various Penn State songs and other songs to pump us up, goes on once or twice every day. These drum lines were louder and better than ever before because we were so pumped up for this game. The last drum line before the game, right before we entered the stadium, was probably the best one I’ve ever been a part of.
-Just like with all the other fans, there was a mix of various pro-Joe Paterno shirts, pro-Bill O’Brien shirts (BILLIEVE) and anti-NCAA shirts worn by students.
-Ohio’s first touchdown, when it should have been intercepted and was tipped by Penn State defenders, was just a huge, huge punch to the gut. I’ve never seen the student section stunned that much and it was obviously the turning point in the game and the catalyst for Ohio for the rest of the game.
-The 93-yard drive at the end of the game that buried Penn State was like a slow and painful death. After watching Penn State’s defense thrive for most of last year, it was just odd and worrisome to watch Penn State not get off the field on third down. The whole student section was just as surprised as I was and it wasn’t pretty.
-As I’m sure everyone else saw, students started leaving Beaver Stadium early. Some students started venting their frustrations and were making lousy attempts to yell at Matt McGloin and say some bad things towards him. I just stood there in silence and looked around at my fellow students and saw blank stares on everyone’s faces.
-Even though they would say they didn’t deserve it, the remaining students gave an ovation for the team as they left the field. They’ve been through so much and even though this wasn’t the result that they or us hoped for, they deserve a lot of credit for coming out, playing hard and fighting for Penn State.
I plan on traveling to Charlottesville for the Virginia game so stay tuned for observations for Bill O’Brien’s first away game.
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