Penn State middle linebacker Glenn Carson played his best game of the 2012 season against Wisconsin, but the junior was more relieved than anything after the win on Saturday.
On third down on the Badgers' possession in overtime, Carson had a shot to end it as a Curt Phillips offering headed his way. The ball thumped off of his chest and to the ground, giving Wisconsin new life.
Luckily for Carson, Kyle French's 44-yard attempt on the next play sailed wide left. Had the kick gone through the uprights, Carson said, there's no doubt where the blame would have fallen.
"I wouldn't be able to live with myself," he said. "That game got away from us. Thankfully things worked out. Just the emotions of the entire season and it being senior day, it was just a really emotional moment for us."
Coming off the field, the first teammate he found was that of injured linebacker Michael Mauti, whose number 42 adorned the left side of Carson and all of Penn State's players' helmets on Saturday.
The two embraced and shared a few words.
"I just said, 'I love you,' I told him 'I love you like a brother,'" he said. "This brotherhood is never going to end with us. We put in so much time together, worked together to become better players. We bettered each other and we've become really, really close through the years. I do love him like a brother and he's a person that I'm going to be in contact with, wherever he ends up."
Carson said the emotion in the locker room following the win was unmatched for a few reasons.
"It was intense, man. It was a great time. We always talk about getting wins and having fun the locker room after the game, it's just a great feeling," he said. "I think that our team just loves each other. We're really tight and sharing this win together was really special."
Carson led the way for the Nittany Lions with 13 tackles, nine of which were solo.