Another Phenomenal Fall

Beav & JeffIt’s another one of those perfect fall days in Happy Valley, the latest in a week full of them: a crisp, cool morning followed by a warm, sunny afternoon. Perfect autumn weather. Perfect football weather. On Saturday, of course, the (so-far) perfect Nittany Lions host UMass at Beaver Stadium, and they’re heavily favored to improve to a (still) perfect 4-0.

And speaking of perfect, or nearly so: 31-3-1. Thirty-one wins, three losses, and a draw. That, as of Friday morning, is the combined record of Penn State’s fall sports teams. And nearly all of those teams are in action, at home, this weekend. It starts Friday afternoon when the 6th-ranked field hockey team (5-1, their only loss a 1-0 overtime setback at UConn) opens Big Ten play against Michigan. That one gets rolling at 4 p.m., and also marks the beginning of a weekend-long celebration of 50 years of varsity women’s athletics at Penn State.

From there…

* The No. 3 women’s volleyball team (8-1, their only loss a five-set battle at No. 2 Stanford) hosts the Penn State Alumni Classic at Rec Hall. Starting Friday afternoon, the Lions face Eastern Illinois at 4 p.m., then are back on the court at 7:30 tonight against DePaul. The tournament continues with two more matches on Saturday, against UIC and East Carolina.

* Also Friday night, the 8th-ranked women’s soccer team (6-1-0, their only loss coming on the road, in overtime, against national power UNC) looks to improve on its perfect Big Ten start when it hosts Ohio State. That one kicks off at 6 p.m.

* Sunday at 1 p.m., the No. 8 men’s soccer team hosts the Buckeyes in an early Big Ten battle. The Nittany Lions stand 5-0-1, with a road draw at James Madison their only blemish.

So we’ll see you Saturday at Beaver Stadium—and if you can find time to get out to Rec Hall, Jeffrey Field, or the field hockey complex at some point to support the rest of Penn State’s fall teams, well, that’d be perfect.

Legends of ’94: The Oral History

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Unbeaten, Unstoppable, Uncrowned
An Oral History of the 1994 Penn State Football Team

Twenty years ago this fall, in just their second season of conference play, the Nittany Lions put together one of the greatest seasons in Big Ten history. They did so with one of the most dynamic offenses ever seen, a star-laden group full of play-makers and future pros. They did it with style, running off a string of blowouts and, on those rare occasions it was necessary, pulling off memorable late-game heroics. They did it with a gritty, overlooked defense and a veteran coaching staff that adapted perfectly to the talent on hand.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s last undefeated team, we’re proud to present the definitive oral history of the 1994 Penn State football team. Based on interviews with nearly 30 former Lions—players, coaches, and staff—it’s their story, in their words… Continue reading

The Legends of ’94: Part 3

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Unbeaten, Unstoppable, Uncrowned
An Oral History of the 1994 Penn State Football Team

Part 3 opens with Penn State’s first ever trip to the Big House, an epic occasion in which the game lives up to the hype; an injury-plagued and overlooked defense shows a knack for answering the call; a Homecoming romp over some cupcake from Columbus; and a historic collection of skill players combine for what might be the most unstoppable offense in college football history.

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