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Happy, Happy Valley

Posted by Eric Fisher On October 23



Penn State wasn’t supposed to beat Ohio State.

The Nittany Lions certainly weren’t supposed to beat the second-ranked Buckeyes after entering the fourth quarter trailing by 17 points.

But that’s exactly what happened Saturday night.

The Nittany Lions used a blocked punt and blocked field goal to score 17 unanswered points during the fourth quarter to stun Ohio State, 24-21, and set off a night of euphoria in Happy Valley.

The winning score came when Marcus Allen leaped into the middle of the line to block a 45-yard Ohio State field goal attempt. Grant Haley scooped up the loose ball and raced 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:27 remaining.

Special teams played a role throughout the game. A muffed punt by Penn State led to the first points of the game, an Ohio State field goal 5 seconds into the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, a blocked punt set up a Nittany Lions field goal, cutting their deficit to 21-17 and setting the stage for Haley’s heroics.

The victory is the first signature win for Penn State (5-2 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) during James Franklin’s tenure as head coach.

Realizing the significance of the  team’s achievement, the crowd, dressed in white for the “whiteout,” filled the Beaver Stadium field as it celebrated the victory.

(Photograph courtesy of Steve Rech. Please do not reprint or redistribute without crediting Steve Rech and PhillyPhanatics.com)

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