Penn State Victory Over Michigan Generates Wave of Excitement on Campus
Three days after Penn State's stunning four overtime win over Michigan, the victory celebration is still reverberating across Happy Valley.
On the Penn State campus, students are basking in the warm glow of a victory that seemingly has had a galvanizing effect on the student body.
Sara Pelletier was drawn to Penn State from her home in California, in part, because she wanted the big football school experience. And she got it Saturday.
"It was indescribable," says the freshman. "It was amazing to see everyone so together and so happy. I've never been prouder to be a Penn Stater. Saturday was the first time I officially felt like 'I'm at Penn State.'"
Freshman David Severino, a Pittsburgh native, has seen some great Steelers games, but Saturday's Penn State game is the best he's ever seen.
"I've never felt that much pride in any school I've ever gone to," Severino says. "My high school team had two state titles and Saturday was still the most proud I've been."
Like a lot of people, Senior Andy Ciraku was shocked when he saw Penn State pull out the come-from-behind win.
"I didn't think we were going to win," Ciraku says. "I was like 'oh here we go with another loss.'"
Junior Ricky Morrison almost didn't go to the game at all.
"I didn't get a student ticket," Morrison says. "I went to a tailgate with friends and at the last minute I decided to get a regular ticket."
That last minute decision was a good one for Morrison, who was on pins and needles through all four overtime periods.
"I thought we were going to lose five or six times," Morrison says. "It was a blast though."
Not everyone's last minute decision was a good one. Melissa Gansz, a Penn State junior, left the stadium one minute before the fourth quarter ended. She's still kicking herself.
"I headed over to Redifer and everyone was crazy," Gansz says. "By the end of the game we were all hugging each other – complete strangers."
Gansz, who is from Philadelphia, has been going to games with her family since she was five years old. She's seen a lot of the Nittany Lions over the years but thinks Saturday's game was the best.
"I'm disappointed I can't say I was there," Gansz says. "But I still got to experience the win even though I wasn't in the stadium."