A week after the Badger band was suspended from playing at Camp Randall Stadium, the fire and excitement returned as “On Wisconsin” blasted proudly while the Badgers entered the stadium. For this prime time contest with white towels waving, fans foaming at the mouth, and the band high stepping again, that fire would be put out quickly by a powerful Penn State squad.
Very few stadiums can match the excitement of a night game at Camp Randall Stadium. That is, unless the Badgers are getting trounced before the you can even say “Bucky Badger.” Penn State came rolling in on a mission and with Wisconsin having just suffered two heartbreaking losses to Ohio State and Michigan both in final minute, the Lions were poised to pounce on their prey. 81 year old head coach, Joe Paterno, had been suffering from ailments that kept him from being on the sideline. He coached from the press box and honestly could have snuck in a few cat naps during the game. Nothing was stopping Penn State today as they rolled to a 48-7 victory.
It’s a shame how the Badgers have fallen this year. On such a beautiful day in Madison with folks hangin’ out on the terrace, fans strolling the campus, and tailgating occuring from 6am, it’s too bad that the Badgers couldn’t pull out the upset. However, for Penn State, this could be the beginning of a very special year for them. Now ranked third, this season has stretched from Big Ten conference title contenders to national championship threat. In his 59th year with Penn State, legendary coach Joe Paterno, could be experiencing his best season yet. Of course, it will come at the expense of some hopeful Big Ten foes.