Moments before Penn State emerged from the Beaver Stadium tunnel before Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh, fans in attendance were treated to an exciting unveiling along the stadium suites.
A banner was yanked away to reveal the number “2016,” in recognition of the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten title of a year ago. Penn State then burst onto the field, as the Beaver Stadium crowd cheered.
Penn State went 11-3 in 2016, claiming the Big Ten East title thanks to a win over Ohio State, then beating Wisconsin in a conference-title-game thriller to claim the program’s first Big Ten championship since 2008. The Nittany Lions advanced to the Rose Bowl, where they lost narrowly to USC.
The previous team to be honored on the Beaver Stadium suites was the 2012 group, which did not win any titles but did go 8-4 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal and the resulting NCAA sanctions.