On a snowy, surreal Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley, Penn State defeated Minnesota 20-0 in front of a subdued crowd that was announced at 107,000+ for the annual homecoming game. The shutout was Penn State’s first in almost two seasons and the victory makes the Lions bowl eligible at 6-1; but there is still plenty of work to be done beyond week seven.
Mother nature has declared a white-out for Saturday’s game between the host, 14th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, and the visiting Golden Gophers of Minnesota. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm for a game which is being dubbed “Snowbowl II.”
Thanks to an unusual storm that has given State College their earliest snowfall in recorded history, and to more snow that is forecasted for tomorrow before, during and after the game, university officials have released several PSA’s in advance of the pending weather conditions.
Penn State also tried to secure the services of inmates from the Centre County Correctional Facility, but, due to the timeframe of the storm, and short notice that the university gave the county, their services will not be used; á la November of 1995 when they were used to clear the stadium before the game against Michigan.
Earlier today, the university announced that over 20,000 parking spots in grassy areas will be off limits because of the weather situation. After 11:00 AM, all parking on gravel and pavement will be used on a first come, first served basis.
Bottom line is this: we will be there early tomorrow with our green pass and seven layers of clothing. On Monday, we will have a comprehensive report on the game and the festivities throughout the day, which include the Men’s Basketball Blue-White scrimmage at the Bryce Jordan Center, which shouldn’t be packed or anything because of the weather.
Enjoy the game and the heat of your living rooms!
Over the next week-and-a-half, Against the Spread will break down the 2009 Penn State Nittany Lions football squad. In part three, we look at the games during the month of October in the 2009 schedule.