The 10 Greatest Moments in Penn State Football History

Since 1887, Penn State Football has enjoyed many great moments throughout its legendary existence. During the entire 2014 season, we will be counting down the 10 Greatest Moments in the program's history. YOU decide what will be the Greatest Moment in Penn State Football History.  Tell us what you believe is the Greatest Moment in Penn State Football History. Each week, we'll countdown the moments from #10 all the way to #1 in Novmeber. Vote each week. You could win prizes like a Penn State football, a Penn State hockey jersey, gift cards from local businesses, and even a new grill! See complete rules for more details. Vote now on the 10 Greatest Moments in Penn State Football History. Presented by the Penn State All-Sports Museum and the Penn State Bookstore. Let the Countdown Begin! 


10. January 3rd, 2006, Penn State defeated Florida State in triple-overtime in the 2006 Orange Bowl. It was the seventh, and final, meeting between Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden. After trading missed field goals in the first overtime, then trading 1-yard touchdown runs in the second, FSU's Gary Cismesia missed his second field goal of overtime, opening the door for redemption for Lions' kicker Kevin Kelly.

9. September 14, 2002, Penn State defeats Nebraska. It was the largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history, as fans came out to see Penn State defeats #8 Nebraska 40-7 in front of 110,753. Larry Johnson and backup quarterback Michael Robinson each had two touchdown runs. Cornerback Rich Gardner had his first career interception and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was Penn State's first victory over a top 10 team since 1999.

8. October 8th, 2005, Tamba Hali forces a Troy Smith fumble to upset #6 Ohio State. Ohio State began their final possession on their own 11-yard line with under 4 minutes to play. After moving the ball into Penn State territory, Tamba Hali sacked Smith at midfield, forcing a fumble recovered by Scott Paxson and allowing the Nittany Lions to run out the clock, winning 17-10.

7. Joe Paterno Wins Game #324. In a comeback victory over Ohio State, Penn State trailed 27-9 before freshman Zach Mills puts the team on his back, stunning Ohio State 29-27 and allowing Joe Paterno to pass Bear Bryant on the all-time Division I wins list. 

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