The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 20, 2013

College football: Penn State recognizes seniors in final home game on Saturday


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On Senior Day this year, Penn State will welcome Nebraska (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Cornhuskers are coming off a 41-28 loss to Michigan State last week, but otherwise have been one of the Big Ten's better teams. Averaging 35 points per game, Nebraska's is one of the top four highest-scoring offenses in the league.

Nebraska has won the last two consecutive meetings against Penn State, including their game Nov. 12, 2011. That was the first game after Joe Paterno was dismissed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In all, Nebraska leads the series 8-7, but Penn State holds 5-2 record at home.

With a win over Nebraska Saturday, Penn State can clinch a winning record for the second complete season since the scandal broke — a feat few deemed possible after the NCAA sanctions were announced.

"Anytime you can have a winning season, I think it's important to help you going into the off"'season and things like that," O'Brien said. "No question about it. But I think the goal on Saturday is not about clinching a winning season, it's about going out there and doing everything we can against a really, really tough, good, Nebraska team and to help our seniors go out as winners. That's the big deal to me."

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