One of the highlights of my recently completed vacation was a trip to State College, PA to see my Huskers play the Penn State Nittany Lions. I've always wanted to go to a game in State College, but it is incredibly hard to do. State College is in the middle of nowhere. Actually, it is about two hours away from the middle of nowhere. It's a four hour drive from DC and after hanging out with some of Sara's friends, we didn't leave DC until after 10. We pulled into town and found the house where we were renting an apartment and were immediately greeted by this. Clearly, we were in enemy territory.
The next morning, we went out to eat breakfast at a popular place called, "The Original Waffle Shop." Once again, practically everything and everyone was covered in navy blue and white. I've been to a number of Nebraska away games and I have never seen so little red. All of the Penn State fans were beyond friendly and courteous. After brunch, we walked down to the tailgating area and sought out friendly faces.
The game was freezing cold. We never warmed up the entire game. It snowed off and on. The game itself was a back and forth affair, with Nebraska prevailing in overtime. My favorite part of the game came in the third quarter. Penn State scored a TD following a Nebraska fumble to take the lead. As the television broadcast went into commercial, the snow picked up and began to swirl around the stadium. They began to play Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and the raucous crowd sang along and shook the stadium. The snow continued to swirl, the crowd chanted the final, "Bah, bah, bah" and Penn State kicked off to Kenny Bell standing on the 1- yard line. Kenny Bell, Sara and my favorite player, then proceeded to run the kick off back 99 yards, hurdling the kicker and silencing the crowd. The snow stopped. The magic was over. But those were a fun three minutes.
After the game, we walked downtown to do a bit of bar hopping. I, however, was still a bit jet lagged and kept nodding off into my beer. Sadly, I had no second wind, no rally within me. We called it an early night and took a cab back (best $6 I've ever spent to not walk back in that cold). The next day, we woke up late and went for lunch downtown, before driving out of the middle of nowhere and back into civilization.