Penn State Loses First Game of Post-Paterno Era 17-14

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Given what went on this past week in State College, many people worried about what might happen today in Penn State versus Nebraska. Some thought the game shouldn’t even be played; out of both respect to Jerry Sandusky’s victims and fear of public safety.

There was a bomb threat; but luckily nothing was found and there have been no major injuries reported. Thus far, no other serious incidents have made public knowledge, so it’s safe to say the game went off much better than expected.

On to actual college football. The game began with both teams joining at midfield for a pre-game prayer.

Nebraska scored the game’s first 17 points, and held off a late run by the Nittany Lions who cut it to 17-14 in the fourth quarter. However, PSU failed on two crucial 4th down conversion attempts inside the final two minutes.

Rex Burkhead led the way for NU, with 126 yards rushing and a touchdown on 27 carries. Single threat QB Taylor Martinez had 55 yards rushing on 16 carries. It was senior day in University Park and the seniors had their moments. Tailback Stephon Green had 71 yards rushing on 17 carries. Derek Moye had 78 yards receiving on 4 catches.

And then there was this (Leather Helmet):

Cars.com is bailing out of ESPN’s Saturday telecast of Nebraska at Penn State from State College, Pa. (12 noon ET).

The automotive sponsor doesn’t want its brand associated with a telecast featuring Penn State, which fired coach Joe Paterno Wednesday after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted on criminal charges of allegedly sexually abusing young boys.

Earlier in the week Sherwin-Williams paints bailed on their contract sponsoring PSU press conferences. The fallout has already begun; and it looks to get much worse.

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