With yesterday’s news that Penn State will again be playing host to a prime time clash against Michigan, I found myself going back to some of the great moments I’ve had in Beaver Stadium, starting with the 2001 Miami game in the newly expanded stadium. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some of the best crowds and greatest games in the 12 seasons since. Here are, in order, the top 5 games I’ve experienced at PSU.
Penn State vs. Miami – September 1, 2001
The game did not of course go how many Nittany Lion fans had hoped, when the top ranked Hurricanes came calling to christen the most recent expansion to Beaver Stadium. Personally, this one will always stand out for two reasons. One, it was my first time attending a game at Penn State, and I got to do it on the field with the Blue Band. Quite a way to get inducted! Second, well, I’ll let this video speak for itself:
The intensity in that stadium when I came out of the tunnel was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and the raw emotion when Adam ran onto that field. If the Lions had found a way to stay in the game, I can only wonder how much louder that crowd could have been.