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Penn State’s late surge topples No. 2 Ohio State


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James Franklin celebrates at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night. -- GETTY

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Students climbed over the railings and kept running toward the field. A sea of white was unleashed inside Beaver Stadium and as the clock struck zero the celebration ensued.

Penn State players sprinted toward the 50-yard line, jumped into one another and others were hoisted on their shoulders. The stadium speakers blasted The Four Seasons hit ‘December 1963’ as the Nittany Lion mascot crowd surfed and players searched for words to describe what just happened.

Yes, it was quite a night in Happy Valley. Penn State’s 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter dealt Urban Meyer’s No. 2 Buckeyes their first loss of the season and the Lions’ 24-21 win was Penn State’s (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) first against a Top-2 team since beating No. 1 Notre Dame in 1990.

“Nights like this don’t happen often, savor it,” James Franklin said. “Stay in this locker room, turn the music up, and enjoy each other, because there’s nothing outside that locker room that is better than what we’ve got going on in that locker room right now. I understand the significance of beating the No. 2 team in the country, a team that hasn’t lost an away game in 20 games, a good football program, a great university. I get all that. But I just want to enjoy tonight.”

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