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October 13, 2013

Valley Penn State fans thrilled with 4-OT win

LEWISBURG — SELINSGROVE — Valley football fans are enthusiastic over Penn State’s Saturday night victory over Michigan, a game that was won by three points after four overtimes.

Nittany Lions fan Tiffany Hawn, of Selinsgrove, said she is “absolutely” proud of her team’s win. She wasn’t able to watch the game, but followed the results over posts made on Facebook.

Her 8-year-old daughter, Emmerson, did watch it. “It was good,” she said Sunday.

Hawn was especially pleased given how the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has marred the public’s perception of Penn State’s football team.

“One person cannot take down a legacy,” she said.

Longtime PSU fans Gayle Emick and Ira Ritter, both of Selinsgrove, are similarly ecstatic about the win.

“It was awesome,” Emick said. “I thought for sure they were going to lose it, but they pulled it off.” They only person in the room who was displeased was her and Ritter’s great-granddaughter, who kept asking to watch cartoons, Emick said with a laugh.

Ritter said he and Emick used to be season ticket-holders for the Nittany Lions.

“We always root for Penn State, whether they win or lose,” Emick said. “I think it’s terrible what they did to (Joe) Paterno,” she said of Penn State’s former head coach, who was stripped of many of his team’s wins as part of the college’s punishment for the Sandusky scandal.

Suzy Yetter, of Lewisburg, who works as a research assistant at Pennsylvania State University, said the win will be a great boost in morale for her and her co-workers.

“Having worked there a long time, the last few years have been hard,” she said. “I think (the win) is a shot in the arm for the whole university. … I was glad to see it, and I’m not even a football fan.”

Wayne Resseguie, of New Berlin, was at the game in Beaver Stadium. “The crowd was really into it,” he said.

Resseguie credited part of the team’s success to the energy of the crowd. “They never bailed out on the players, even when they blew it” earlier in the game, he said. “It was an awesome atmosphere. I’ve been to quite a few games out there, and I never saw anything like it.”

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