EVANSTON, IL, September 24 — Initiating their Big Ten schedule with a road game, the enigmatic Nittany Lions pulled out a come-from-behind victory, edging the Northwestern Wildcats 34-29. The Lions improved to 4-0, while the Wildcats sank to 2-2 before a small, yet enthusiastic home crowd at Ryan Stadium, snapping an eight game home winning streak for the ‘Cats.
For the first 51 minutes of the game, the larger cats looked like the Titanic running into that fateful iceberg. Against a team of lesser cats who had allowed 700+ yards by Arizona State the previous week, the Lions’ offense screwed up miserably. The first quarter looked more like a game of ping-pong than Division I-A college football—every time the Penn State offense got the ball, they gave it back.