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Penn State Loses First Game Without Paterno

Penn State Sandusky

Penn State is caught in the middle of a former coach's child abuse scandal.

The show went on today, with the Penn State Nittany Lions playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Happy Valley.  The twelfth-ranked Lions lost to the seventeenth-ranked Cornhuskers with a final score of 17-14.

USA Today reported live at 12:05 that, “… the entire Penn State team has been joined by Nebraska players at the center of the field for a moment of silence prior to the game. A few scattered shouts from the crowd can be heard but it is eerily silent with more than 100,000 people in the stands.”  Many fans wore blue shirts or ribbons in honor of the traditional color of child abuse awareness, rather than white.    The child abuse tragedy didn’t hamper attendance, with the Associated Press reporting the crowd was the largest of the football season.

The team was led by interim coach Tom Bradley who previously held the position of the team’s defensive coordinator.  He has coached at Penn State since  1979, and as the New York Times noted, was, “… the first person not named Paterno to lead the Nittany Lions since 1966.”  They were shut out in the first half, but came back in the second and had a chance to win the game.

This was also Senior Day, the last home game of the season.

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