1. The noise Saturday night at Beaver Stadium was truly unrelenting. 2021 Auburn is right up there with 2002 Nebraska, 2005 Ohio State, and 2016 Ohio State, among others.
2. Saw plenty of Auburn fans in Happy Valley over the last few days. Everyone was cordial and glad to be in State College. Looking forward to being on the receiving end of some southern hospitality next year.
3. The on-field celebration between players and fans was exuberant. See the jubilation up close with our video coverage.
4. We usually keep the video on the team during the alma mater, though it’s good to mix things up, and we got some nice crowd shots during last night’s playing. It was an emotional scene, and you can visit our Facebook page to see fans and players enjoy the moment.
5. College Game Day was such a thrill (again). Penn State’s the only school to host the wildly popular show for the last five years — the crew visited last year for the game against the Buckeyes — and not for nothing, having the show air on Old Main Lawn is the perfect backdrop for not just Penn State, but all of college football.
6. James Franklin appeared on set to lots of applause. Check out him making his way toward the set Saturday morning.
8. You get the feeling Game Day host Rece Davis genuinely enjoys his time at Penn State. Davis, an Alabama graduate, has always spoken highly of the Berkey Creamery, the fans, and other aspects of Happy Valley. See Davis thank the crowd at Game Day after the show wrapped. We had an awesome view from the Old Main Bell Tower.
9. Lee Corso picked Penn State to end Game Day, with guest picker Saquon Barkley cheering him on. See the action from the Bell Tower, and you can see a little bit bigger view by looking at the screens on the side and above the stage.
10. Speaking of the Bell Tower, we also snapped this photo. See anyone you recognize?
11. After his appearance on Game Day, Franklin quickly made his way through the crowd — he had a busy day — and he welcomed Auburn fans to Penn State. This is something Franklin routinely does, greeting fans and staff from opposing schools. It’s a simple gesture, though I’m sure it’s something people remember. I know I do.
12. Barkley signed autographs for fans during his visit to the set. Associate Athletic Director Kris Petersen snapped this photo of Barkley with the fans.
13. Seeing the Blue Buses pull up to Beaver Stadium never gets old.
14. There must’ve been at least two dozen lettermen in attendance against Auburn, and that’s probably a low estimate. In addition to Barkley, Grant Haley, Michael Mauti, and Adam Taliaferro, who all led “We Are” cheers on the field during breaks, other lettermen watching from the field included Reggie Givens and Shelley Hammonds, just to name two.
15. Sweet Caroline never disappoints. Check out our video from the White Out.
16. Penn State has the most impressive 3-0 record in the country. No other team has beaten such formidable opponents, including one on the road.
17. To the tailgating crew that lent me a bottle of water on my way out of the stadium at close to 1 a.m., I meant it when I said I’d remember your kindness. I’ll find a way to pay it forward. And if I pass by your tailgate again this season, I’ll be sure to say hello and thank you again.
18. Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford and I stopped by the Paul Anderson-hosted tailgate Saturday to speak with the former president of our Middle Tennessee Chapter. We spoke with Anderson for a segment that’ll air on a future episode of Football Letter Live. Sign up for this season’s episodes online.
19. Last week’s episode was so enjoyable. We’re so fortunate that talented and inspiring Penn Staters are gracious enough to share their time with us. We welcomed Rocket City Chapter President Hilary Justh ’97, Penn State football author Jordan Hyman ’99, and beloved football letterman Adam Taliaferro ’05 last Thursday night, and you can view the archived episode on our Facebook or YouTube page. There’s even a Star Wars intro for one of our guests. We encourage you to watch to find out which one.
20. Go State. Beat the Wildcats.
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