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Penn State Fans Still Haunted by 2005 Michigan Loss
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As a PSU football fan, there are several things that you should know. One is that a pregame is a must, including waking up at the crack of dawn to tailgate after a long night of partying and running on only two hours of sleep.

When the Blue Band plays a crowd favorite, "Hey Baby," it is necessary to know the words and sing along.

Yes, you must boo the rival team's fan section when they attempt to do the wave, and most importantly, JoePa is the equivalent to God.

But when it comes to our biggest rival, and probably most despised, you will know that I must be referring to those Michigan Wolverines. 

Since that brutal night in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Oct. 15, 2005, Penn State fans are still bitter about the last-second loss.

I remember that night exactly. It was the night of my junior homecoming, and I can recall screaming at the big screen TV with my dad while my friends awkwardly waited on the side to take pictures.

I was forced to leave for the dance in the fourth quarter of the game, and literally stayed on the phone with my dad on the whole ride there while he updated me play-by-play.  

Then, I received that dreaded phone call informing me that we had lost due to two seconds that were put back on the clock.

As tears filled my eyes, my friends ran up and questioned me whether someone I knew had just died. One of the mothers who was there taking pictures asked me, "Oh my gosh Megan what happened?"  I replied coldly, "Penn State just lost."  She laughed in my face, and I am not kidding when I say I was this close to giving her a black eye.

If that wasn't bad enough, I then had to join my field hockey team for a group picture surrounded by what seemed like 100 people. After forcing a very fake smile and trying to comprehend what had just happened, I lost my homecoming spirit and seriously debated going home.  

Everyone knew I had always been a huge Penn State football fan, so my friends knew to inform other concerned people at the dance to not mention a word about the outcome of the Penn State-Michigan game.

After thinking about how miserable I would be if I left the dance and went home, I decided that it was for my own good to stay and try to have a good time. Thank God I did, or else I may have spent the night curled up in a ball in my room.

While that dreadful game is long in the past, Penn State fans still cringe at the memory. Almost like the question, "where were you when 9/11 occurred?" most fans can answer "where were you when Penn State lost to Michigan in 2005?"  

Since then, the hatred toward Michigan has grown and each year we look forward to the matchup between our Nittany Lions and the Wolverines.

"I would say so far in my lifetime, that moment may top one of the worst moments I have experienced so far," says Ryan, a student fan.  "It's hard to get over if you're a huge Penn State football fan."

On the bright side, a highlight of last season was shutting out Michigan in Beaver Stadium.

Tomorrow, we hope to beat them again, but on their home turf, which hasn't turned out to be in Penn State's favor. With a five-game losing streak in Michigan, the team looks to end the spell and come back to Happy Valley with another victory.

They are also looking to prove themselves while there is still talk about how good of a team they really are this season. Hopefully Penn State will come out strong and prove that they still have the potential to win the Big 10.

Let's hope that the 2005 loss to Michigan is enough motivation for Penn State players to dominate in tomorrow's game. Let's go State! 

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