Iron Lions: The Story of PSU's 2012 season

“Iron Lions” is a documentary film about the remarkable story of Penn State’s 2012 football season featuring many of the coaches and players who made it possible. It will be completed late this year. For a recent installment of The Obligatory PSU Podcast, Kevin Horne, Chris Buchignani, and Mike the Mailman sat down with Penn State alumnus Bob Morgan, one of the movie’s executive producers, to talk about the project — its process, goals, and future. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

Farewell to the Pitt rivalry

The teams first met 126 years ago, back when Pitt was still called the Western University of Pennsylvania and George Atherton was in the middle of his consequential presidency at the Pennsylvania State College. In front of a crowd far exceeding the capacity of the 500-seat bleachers, the squad of 17 players, not yet known as the Nittany Lions, walloped “the Western boys” 32-0 in the first game at Beaver Field, located on campus behind what is now Osmond Lab. The game, played on a Monday, was delayed two full days because of harsh weather.

Countdown to Blue White is on!

There’s no need for introduction. The Blue White Weekend is and always has been one of the biggest, most anticipated events of Happy Valley’s spring and for good reason.


Penn Staters bleed blue and white — the fever and the pride we have as Nittany Lions can never be shaken, and on days like the Blue White game, we truly do have something to roar about: a celebration for a new and upcoming season!

Popular PSU pregame show to film at Hollywood Casino

Blue White Media, a State College, Pennsylvania-based media agency announced today that its annual broadcast “The Obligatory PSU Bowl Game Special” will be filmed on location at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA.  Hollywood Casino is now offering sports betting operations in Pennsylvania.

Penn State faces off with Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl

For the first time since the 2009 season, Penn State is heading back to Orlando.

The Nittany Lions will face upstart Kentucky in the 73rd annual Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., the bowl announced Sunday afternoon.

Failure to Launch: A Requiem for the Land Grant Rivalry

This piece originally appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of TOGA (The Obligatory Gridiron Annual) magazine as “Failure to Launch: A Requiem for the Land Grant Rivalry.”

KJ Hamler vs Michigan State

Although the outcome to the last game wasn’t what Penn State fans had hoped for, the team chemistry and player development have both improved immensely throughout the season. “I think we have gotten dramatically better since week one,” Franklin said. “I think the trajectory of the program and what we’re doing is really good.”

It is the little things, or the “one percent”, that makes Penn State an elite football team. “Every stage you get to, you fight like heck to get there and to break through,” Franklin said. “I’m very, very pleased with the direction we’re going.”

10 must-watch games for Penn State playoff hopes

Ok, so we couldn’t get it done against Ohio State…. again. Frustrating. Disappointing. All the usual emotions. Sure, we could all choose to wallow in our own crapulence, but Coach Franklin isn’t moping around and neither am I. After all, I’m a pilsner glass half-full type of guy. Last Saturday, I saw a rapidly-maturing young team led by an unflappable field general, a group I believe to be fully capable of scaling great heights this season. The Lions may be down, but they’re not out of the playoff hunt.

Penn State football 2018, by the Numbers


UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s been an exciting season for Penn State football so far, with the Nittany Lions thrilling fans with plenty of highlights and big plays.

Check out some of the standout numbers through the early part of the 2018 season, and let us know which numbers stand out to you. Tag us on social media — @HappyValleyPSU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — with your favorite numbers this season.

106,707: average attendance for Penn State in 2017, which is good for third-best in the nation.

PSU Stars Look Back on Football, Food and Fans

By Jeff Cavanaugh


If you walk around Happy Valley on a football weekend and strike up a conversation about the best Penn State teams ever, you’re sure to hear about the undefeated, unstoppable 1994 team and the 2005 11-1 team that was one play away from a perfect season.



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