By: Brianna Norwood
When Penn State kicker Sam Ficken rushed down the field to celebrate with his Nittany Lions–after scoring the game winning extra point in their 31-30 victory over Boston College in the New Ear Pinstripe Bowl Saturday night–it seemed that those in blue and white were celebrating something more than a simple victory.
After being left out of post season play, due to the Jerry Sandusky investigation back in 2012, Penn State’s future at the time did not seem too bright. But, as the scholarship and post season sanctions were dropped in September of this season, the Nittany Lions fought through a tough season, with this bowl game bringing hope for what’s to come from head coach James Franklin and his players.
For many of those playing on the field that night, it would be their first and last time playing with the Nittany Lions. Much respect and appreciation must go to those players who stuck with the blue and white through the roughest times.
After the game, many Penn State players took to Twitter to post to those who, a few years ago, had ridiculed and criticized the team.
Penn State can finally put those sanctions behind them, “For the future that we wait,” is once again bright for Dear Old State.