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So, maybe it wasn't quite the same as beating Ohio State to lock down a conference title. Maybe it wasn't the same as beating the snot out of Iowa and getting a little revenge for the 2008 deal. It was still a pretty special win.
Maybe you're tired of hearing about it already, but I think it's still worth talking about a little more.
How many times in college football do we see one man coach a father and a son? How many times do we see that same man then coach a grandson?
How many times in college football do we see a single man lead one team for 44 years? How many times do we see him still doing it at 83 years old?
We may one day see another FBS coach reach the 400 win mark. Already college football plays more games than it did when Paterno started coaching. There will likely be more games on the schedules in the future, making it a little more likely that someone will match that number again.
But will they do it at the same school where they've coached for four decades? Will anyone ever last that long at one institution again?
When you think about guys like Tim Brewster, who didn't even last a half decade at Minnesota; or when you think about guys like Rich Rodriguez who will jump ship in a heartbeat to go to a bigger school with a better offer; it seems more than a little unlikely that we'll ever see another JoePa in our lifetimes.
When we think about how competitive recruiting has become and how college football is becoming more of a business than a sport, it seems highly unlikely that any younger coach will last long enough to become the kind of icon JoePa is.
He IS Penn State football. Players and staffers will come and go, but Joe Paterno has remained. No one outruns the Reaper forever, but Paterno sure is giving him a run for his money!
It wasn't the prettiest 400th win. Joe's Lions fell behind 21-0 in the first half before grabbing the momentum in a stranglehold.
In the end, Matt McGloin threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Evan Royster added another 134 yards and Redd logged in another 131 yards and a touchdown.
The young guns came through for Joe and brought home a landmark victory for the ages. They also made the Lions bowl eligible.
Not bad for a day's work.