INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State capped a remarkable comeback with a fourth-down stand against Wisconsin to win the Big Ten championship on Saturday night.
Shortly after the final whistle, Penn State players were celebrating on the field after a dramatic 38-31 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. More than half of the 65,018 in attendance were Penn State fans, and it sounded a lot like Beaver Stadium after the game.
Penn State trailed 28-7 in the second quarter, but a touchdown before the half set the stage for a dramatic comeback. The Nittany Lions (11-2) lit up the Badgers (10-3) in the second half, QB Trace McSorley finishing with 384 passing yards and 4 touchdowns.
After the game, Penn State coach James Franklin said his team will be happy wherever it ends up. That will either be in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the end of the 2008 season, or in the College Football Playoff.
A trip to the Rose Bowl would likely mean playing Southern Cal or Colorado on Jan. 2. If the Nittany Lions do sneak into the Playoff, it would mean a date with No. 1 Alabama on New Year’s Eve.
Here’s a snippet of some of the postgame celebration, featuring the end of the alma mater and the party-like atmosphere inside the stadium for the players and the fans.