So next season, Mathias will take plenty of more drives out to State College. The team will be attempting to pull off an unprecedented third consecutive national title, which it almost earned before losing to Army in 2011's national championship game, 33-29.
But if the feat isn't accomplished, it certainly won't be the end of the world for Mathias.
Beyond the final score, he'll still have plenty of things around him to smile about.
"I couldn't ask for the opportunity to work with more special people and more special organizations than the ones I am right now," Mathias said. "And I say that about all three of them."