Despite the heartbreaking loss on Senior Day, that was another very entertaining game. Penn State can’t win all of the overtime games and I know that the players, especially those seniors, left it all on the field. So for one final time, here are my Notes from Nittanyville:
- The student section attendance started off much better than I expected. During pregame for the Purdue game, only the first few rows of the student section were full. I don’t know exactly how many were full for the Senior Day pregame festivities, but it was a lot better than Purdue. And with the whole Thanksgiving break ordeal, that had me pleasantly surprised.
- I thought the student section was pretty good during the game too. Lots of people left throughout the game because it was freezing, but it remained loud for a good majority of the game. As a senior attending my final game as a student, I was very proud of my fellow students for that.
- There were also more people than I expected who camped out at Nittanyville for this game (about 330 campers). Again, with Thanksgiving break and the fact that it was very cold during the week, I didn’t expect the turnout to be that good. So that was another cool thing that I took away from my last home football game as a student.
- There were tons of recruits at this game. I saw current commits like Jason Cabinda, Mike Gesicki, Troy Vincent, Chris Godwin and Marcus Allen. There were also some big time undecided recruits there too, like Melvin Keihn, Ricky DeBerry, Rashan Gary and Richie Petitbon, just to name a few.
- The stadium looked pretty cool when it started to snow and when it got really windy with snow flurries and got loud, it was an awesome atmosphere. I was hoping that the weather would give us an advantage against Nebraska, but I guess not.
- This game was eerily similar to last season’s Senior Day game against Wisconsin. Overtime, the long Jesse James touchdown down the sideline, the great Penn State defensive performance, etc. The only difference was the result of the game.
- Lots of Penn State players had great games. C.J. Olaniyan continued to make big plays, Mike Hull looked like his old self again and Zach Zwinak was an absolute workhorse with Belton not playing. But Brandon Bell was arguably the most impressive of all the Nittany Lions. He’s a true freshman who was playing in freezing conditions against a team with an elite running back and some pretty good skill players. I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.
- I have nothing against Nebraska, but considering how the last three games against them have played out, that first Big Ten win against them (whenever it comes) is going to be so sweet.
As much as that loss stung, I couldn’t be more proud of this Penn State football team. With so much going against them the last few years, they always fought through the adversity and I wouldn’t want to have anyone else represent Penn State University. Thanks to anyone who has read my Notes from Nittanyville the last two seasons. I hope I was able to give you some insight into the various components of the Penn State game day experience. Until next time. We Are…
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