White Out Games at Penn State Explained: How ‘Blow of Genius’ Became One of College Football’s Best Traditions


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Chris Fowler of ESPN Football in Pennsylvania Shows the Complete Series. From rooting for some ‘dull Joe Paterno’ teams in the ’70s, to going back to where he grew up watching college football this weekend for his “favorite annual event,” the longtime college football broadcaster has seen it all. However, despite the poor quality of the teams and the less dynamic attacking that often occupied the field at Beaver Stadium on Saturdays in the mid-1970s, it was watching those games that got Fowler addicted to the sport.” My first taste of college football was the son of a faculty member We got season tickets for $6 – that was the total price for the season – and we had to go and watch college football,” Fowler said ‘If I didn’t have that experience, I wouldn’t do it’ I don’t know if I’d be down that road, because I grew up in Illinois and never personally watched college sports. So coming to Pennsylvania was something that opened my eyes, and kind of piqued my passion for the sport. More: Oral history of Auburn legend Bo Jackson Nearly 50 years later, Beaver Stadium is home to one of the best experiences in college football – the White Out at Penn State, scheduled for this weekend – with nearly 110, 000 fans as white at Beaver Stadium for a fit of “monochromatic chaos,” as Fowler described it. But the atmosphere that now surrounds Pennsylvania’s central cathedral for college football is a far cry from what Fowler saw growing up.” Although Beaver Stadium has A lot has changed since I went there as a kid, and I still feel special coming back to that place,” Fowler told the media on Thursday before this year’s iteration of the White Out v Auburn game. . This has changed in recent years, though, in large part due to White Out. More: Watch Auburn vs. Penn State on fuboTV (7 Days) “I don’t think you would have said Penn State was one of the toughest environments for a team on the road the day before when I was there, but I think it is now,” Fowler said. Over the years that kind of teaching regular fans, how to be involved in every game and how to play a part in the outcome by making it a very challenging environment. That’s what I think the White Out was partly responsible for.” Out last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sports News has everything you need to know about what has become one of the highlights of college football each year. How did the White Out tradition begin in Pennsylvania? One day in 2004, during the faltering recessions in State College, Penn State’s former director of football communications and brands, Guido D’Elia, approached Joe Paterno about the White Out idea. Originally intended only for students, it eventually grew into a full stadium relationship with the help of Fowler’s friend Delia. Very inspiring idea NS. I like the way it grew so organically out of a student-only thing and then the whole stadium, as the story goes, the fans kind of demanded it and then made it happen in a really restrictive way,” Fowler said. Keep it special, rare, once in a season and keep it for the big game.” The first White Out came on October 9, 2004 against-No.9 Purdue in a game that Penn State lost 20-13. The first White Out came three years later in 2007 against Notre Dame and since then, the annual tradition, now in its 17th season, has grown to become one of the most notable sporting spectacles, which Fowler said is hard to describe. “Once you see it in person for the first time, you can really appreciate it,” Fowler said. On TV and I call it more experienced in sports, because it is a night game and the stadium is lit up by everyone dressed in white, fireworks and game play – everything is beautifully executed. “Why don’t Penn State wear white uniforms during White Out When most inside Beaver Stadium will be decked out in white, James Franklin’s own team will probably wear the classic blue uniform with white numbers, white shorts and black boots when they take the field against Auburn. The uniform became The official, which has no name on the back, has been synonymous with Pennsylvania over the years, and although Pennsylvania wears white jerseys, it’s not within Beaver Stadium, even for whites.The reason, essentially, deals with NCAA rules regarding The dress code for guest teams, which they must wear white unless the host team receives express written approval prior to the start of the season.White Outs at Beaver Stadium have been so far since 2004, none of which have been held last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.Ben State 8-Ben State 8 in the White Oats and played one of Michigan State or Ohio in e Extremely White 2012-19 opponent result date October 9, 2004 No. 9 Purdue L, 21-13 October 8, 2005 No. 6 Ohio State W, 17-10 October 14, 2006 No. 4 Michigan L, 17 – 10 September 8, 2007 Notre Dame W, 10–31 September 27, 2008 No. 22 Illinois W, 38–24 September 26, 2009 Iowa L, 10–21 October 30, 2010 Michigan W, 41–31 September 10, 2011 No. 3 Alabama L , Oct 27-11, 2012 No. 9 Ohio L, 35-23 Oct 12, 2013 No. 18 Michigan W, 43-40 (4OT) Oct 25, 2014 No. 12 Ohio L, 31-24 (2OT) Nov 21 2015 No. 14 Michigan L, 28-16 October 22, 2016 No. 2 Ohio State W, 24-21 October 21, 2017 No. 19 Michigan W, 42-13 September 29, 2018 No. 4 Ohio State L, 27-26 October 19, 2019 No. 16 Michigan W, 28-21 2020 No Whiteout Held N/A Nittany Lions averaged 24.8 points per game at the White Outs and this year is the third non-conference game for White Out after Alabama in 2011 and Notre Dame in 2007. 22, 2016: Against Ohio State No. 2 arguably the decisive career win for James Franklin and in the final decade of Penn State football, the Nittany Lions knocked out then No. 2 Ohio State at home thanks to a blocked field goal from Marcus Allen who then fired the ball to Grant Haley, who caught it and scored to score a 24-21 win despite being 19.5 points at home. With just over four minutes remaining in the game, he won for Penn State as Nittany Lions won the fourth quarter 17-0 after trailing 21-7 after the first half. As a result of the win, fans stormed the field after the final whistle and riots took place in downtown State College, this was the number one seed win in James Franklin’s career and was also the first loss on the road for the Buckeyes under Urban Meyer. 12, 2013: vs. No. 18 Michigan: The longest match in Big Ten history, Penn State hosted No. 18 Michigan and eventually defeated the Wolverines 43-40 in four times overtime after a touchdown from Bill Belton ended the match. The match was tied at 34, heading into the first overtime period, as neither team scored. After trading field goals in the second extra period and neither side scoring in the third overtime period, Bill Belton eventually finished it off with a handover from quarterback Christian Hackenberg, scoring the winning goal. Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said at the time that it was “crazy to expect it was just another game,” as the match was the homecoming and White Out game for the Nittany Lions. He lost all white out the previous year when Pennsylvania fell to no. 9 Ohio State 35-23, but O’Brien made his mark and won another white out in knockout style. 21, 2017: Against No. 19 in Michigan with easily Penn State’s most dominant White Out to date, the Nittany Lions beat Michigan 42-13 to extend their season’s opening winning streak to seven games. James Franklin, Penn State was coming off two consecutive dominant wins over Indiana and Northwestern, and the Nittany Lions wasted no time and came down on a hot start against Michigan. Landing in under one minute, his first out of three touchdowns on the day and his first out of two touchdowns in a four-minute span in the first quarter. Penn State to 7-0 this season, before losing the next two and then winning to end the season. 11-2 with the Fiesta Bowl Final win over Washington.


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