Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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PSU students take to the streets

The Nittany Lions' win over the Ohio State Buckeyes may have taken place in Columbus, Ohio - but that didn't stop the enthusiastic students back in State College, Pa. from gathering to celebrate in a less-than-reasonable fashion.

PSU students take to the streets

The Nittany Lions' win over the Ohio State Buckeyes may have taken place in Columbus, Ohio - but that didn't stop the enthusiastic students back in State College, Pa. from gathering to celebrate in a less-than-reasonable fashion.

Per the student newspaper, The Daily Collegian:

"Crowds erupted into celebration Saturday night after the Nittany Lions' 13-6 win over Ohio State, sending thousands of cheering students into the streets, coughing under a cloud of police pepper spray."

And the town newspaper, the Centre Daily Times, adds detail:

"Revelers in the crowd, which stretched from Beaver to College avenues, between Garner and Pugh streets, and up to Locust Lane, tore down at least two light poles, a stop sign and a one-way-street sign."

A student posted video from the scene on YouTube, below.

Students have had a long history of celebrating big wins, even uprooting the goal posts on the field to carry them around town. They've also rallied - and even rioted - before, including a 2000 mid-summer spree that saw cars flipped on their roofs, bonfires lit in the center of Beaver Ave., and beer kegs flung from 10-story balconies.

Last night's celebration was quickly dispersed by pepper-spray-wielding police - who may be needed again, as the Lions continue their undefeated season...

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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