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1982 Nebraska game. Was my first. I was hooked for life.
1994 USC game. Was on the field. Reaffirmed my hooked for life.
Upvote for 1997 OSU game. That was probably my favorite home game as a student. Pitt 99 was good when Lavar blocked the FG.
I have mentioned at other times and it stands repeating again, but Garners pick 6 in 2002 was the loudest single sports moment I remember witnessing in person. I think OSU 2005 was the loudest overall game, but the pick 6 was the loudest single play.
I was going to mention this game as well. MRob(minus the following off field results of course) and the Poz play among others. Great game
Suck It Emmert!! and "Sorry for not being sorry for being a Penn Stater" - Philafan
Best game as a student would have to be '08 against Illinois when D-Will scored three different ways.
Best moment as a student would be Joe's 400th.
400 and 409 were both Awesome in their own right. The comeback for the 400 win and the D stepping up as well second half. 409 was exiting as well and of the field goal post just classic
1992 Miami..we lost 17-14 but the place was crazy. Gino Torretta, Lamar Thomas, and company vs OJ McDuffie and Richie Anderson. That was my sophomore year. The following year we played a big 10 schedule.
...and if you're not down with that, then I got 2 words for ya.."suck it!!"
1999 vs Arizona! Lavar and Chafie Fields all over the highly ranked Wildcats. Plus it was my first game as a PSU student.
After that Nebraska 02 and OSU 05 for all the reasons stated before me.
1982 Nebraska. McCloskey catch on the 2 followed by Bowmans catch.
Having gone to games as far back as 1966, there are so many moments, it's tough to pick a favorite. I was there for #200, #300, #324, #400... (but not 409 :()
The one moment that stood out for me most was Adam Taliaferro coming back out onto the field before the Miami game in 2001. I had tears in my eyes.
"We want the warriors"
Unfortunately my first Beaver Stadium experience was the dreaded Minnesota game of '99. I haven't been to a lot of games but most were pretty exciting in their own right:
Notre Dame '07 - Awesome beat down.
Michigan State '04 - Zach Mills last home game, I admired him a lot so that was cool.
Michigan '10 - Halloween night and white-out.
Nebraska '11 - Was excited pre-game for a lot of reasons. (the support the University would show for the team, first time playing Nebraska as Big Ten member, ranked teams playing for possible Big Ten championship births, etc.)
This as well
Classic Penn State highlights: http://www.youtube.com/user/vslice02
OSU when Zemaitis picked off Smith and almost took it to the house. DWill running right by Hawk into the endzone right in front of the OSU visitor section (which I sat in for that game). and then finally, the Tamba Hali sack to top it off.
Rushed onto the field after that, proceeded to find a Kennedy half-dollar on the field (now use it for luck at PSU games), and avoid getting pepper sprayed while helping off a local bar owner who did happen to get pepper sprayed. Then he offered us free drinks for the night.
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
Wouldn't qualify it as exciting, but probably the most powerful was the Nebraska 2011 game. The atmosphere before the game, the singing of the Alma mater, the team walking out arms locked with hundreds of past players right by their side, and the pre-game prayer. Win or loss that game didn't matter, that weekend re-assured to me that Penn State is truly a special place and we wi restore the honor.
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I also want to add 324 and 400. those were special moments for CFB history. man were we spoiled with a legend like Joe.
Attended every home game from 1972-1987...
Nebraska in 1982 was the only game that I remember being "electric".
The crowd was amped the whole game. IIRC it was the first Beaver Stadium game "under the lights"
Temp. lights were brought in due to the late start time.
No one was in a hurry to leave...savoring the moment.
Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.
That "something" was a "someone" and his name was Michael Robinson.
First Game- 2001 vs Michigan... got our butts kicked but the atmosphere at the game was crazy. I was 9 & it blew me away- especially the chipmunk that got on the field during a TV timeout & the crowd went nuts when it ran into the endzone
2005 OSU- went with my friend. Just an avalanche of noise the likes of which I'll probably never see again.
Except for the 2011 Illinois game- Joe's 409th win- My first game in the snow. Everyone was getting kicked out of the student section left & right for throwing snow balls onto the field. The student section coming togetehr at the end was crazy. I just ran up the isle & stared hugging people.
"Joe Paterno's the greatest college football coach ever" -Urban Meyer cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2012/01/urban_meyer_calls_joe_paterno.html
As I reflect, I think my first game is probably the most memorable. November 11, 1967 vs NC State. Exciting, low scoring win over the then- third ranked team in the country. Speed ("white shoes defense") vs power. Power won. Set the tempo for me. Didn't miss a home game from 1969-2006. Many bowls and away games.
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