This weekend marks the most anticipated game of the season for Penn State fans. The match-up against Ohio State has many ready for an exciting game, especially after the outcome of last year when the Nittany Lions shocked the crowd in Columbus with an exciting win. It was the first time since 1978 that Penn State beat Ohio State on their home turf.
I remember that night perfectly here in Happy Valley. The second the football was intercepted by Lydell Sargeant, a play that ended the game, PSU fans wasted no time celebrating. Hundreds of students ran out of their apartments, houses, and dorms and eventually gathered downtown in Beaver Canyon. Known as the riots of ’08, it was a night that many will never forget.
The best part about the victory over the Buckeyes was seeing the reaction of Terrelle Pryor on the sideline. Sitting on the bench with his head in his hands had Penn Staters even happier about the defeat. As the saying goes, “Karma’s a bitch.”
After all the hype about the freshman quarterback who turned down Penn State for Ohio State because it was just “too country,” beating him was that much more enjoyable. You can still see t-shirts in store displays downtown that flaunt that famous image with a tagline such as “The Nutcracker: A Terrelle Cryer Story.”
Saturday’s game is the second to last home game at Beaver Stadium this season. Tickets for the game are sold out and flyers advertising another White Out are being passed out to students all over campus. Being a huge match for both teams, Penn State needs to win this game in order to have any chance at winning the Big 10.
“I think that this week it will be important for our defense to make OSU, specifically Pryor, make mistakes. I think that a lot of QB spies will be used where Sean Lee or Navarro Bowman will shadow Pryor. Offensively the goal should be to keep Royster on a roll as he has been. That, along with keeping the pressure off Daryll Clark would be key formulas on both sides of the ball,” says Zach F., a junior.
Lee Y. also gives his prediction for the game. “21 -17 PSU. The game will come down to who runs the ball better. Early ground game opens up the pass, allowing Clark to show off that HD offense. Penn State fans are still looking for that breakout game from Royster and what a better time than Ohio State. Another close game with high emotions. Expect the return of Terrell Cryer.”
The last time Ohio State played in Beaver Stadium Penn State fans left in disappointment after a tough loss. This weekend, many hope for another win over the Buckeyes and the opportunity to prove that they can still win the Big 10. The only thing that would make it a perfect day for PSU fans is an Iowa loss.
Lets go State!