That Comeback


By: Connor Lenahan

Penn State just lost to the Michigan Wolverines for the first time since I was in seventh grade. It’s been a long time for the Wolverines. Way longer than I had realized. This is mainly because Michigan had a similar win streak over Penn State before the narrative flipped completely. I was lucky enough to be one of the 110,000+ in the stands for Penn State’s triumphant victory in 2008. I was also there for the wins in 2010 and 2013. It saddens me that this delightful winning streak is over. Because I really, really, really like beating Michigan. It’s one of my favorite things.

That’s why tonight I will not be focusing on the loss. There’s no need to. Because the pain I feel over this loss is nowhere near comparable to the joy I still feel to this day – a year later – from the magical 4 OT win last year in Beaver Stadium. I came home from school to go see Penn State beat Michigan. That’s exactly what I got. Christian Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions on a game tying drive with less than a minute to go and eventually won the game four overtimes later. It is far and away the greatest athletic contest I have ever been to in my life. For no reason other than to ignore the loss tonight, here’s the game footage from the amazing comeback.

Not that I’m bitter or anything.